By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
Earlier this week, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye had backed his sparring partner Fres Oquendo to win the International Prizefighter in London, which is being held on Saturday May 7. The Hayemaker had been sparring with Oquendo at a training camp in Miami as he prepares for his July 2 showdown with Wladimir Klitschko.
Oquendo, 38, recently withdrew from the tournament due to personal reasons. He entered the tournament after Haye recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Haye said: “I’ve got no doubt he has the ability to win it. In terms of talent and skills, Fres is still one of the best heavyweights out there. It’s all just a case of him keeping his mind right and putting it all together on the night. When you’ve shared a ring with David Tua, Evander Holyfield, James Toney, John Ruiz and Chris Byrd, what have you got to be scared of? He’s also technically very accomplished and that keeps me on my toes at all times.”