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Fres Oquendo Out of Prizefighter

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Fres Oquendo, who was set to face Mike Perez in the opening bout of the May 7 Prizefighter event in London, has pulled out of the tournament after the passing of close friend Wendell Granville.

Fightnews.com has this from Oquendo:

"Wendell helped get me off the streets when I was a knucklehead and stuck with me through all the malaise of boxing for nearly 20 years all the way to helping me make the FOBA [Oquendo's non-profit organization] come to fruition. I feel I should to be here with his family and partake in any arrangements the family will make this upcoming week."

The 38-year-old former contender came to Prizefighter via another friend and frequent training partner, David Haye, and was arguably the most accomplished of the field.

I think we all expected someone would pull out of the tournament, but I don't think anyone thought it would be a situation like this. No replacement for Oquendo has been named, but there are always alternates locked up, so that shouldn't be a huge fix for the promoters.

Bad Left Hook sends our best wishes and condolences to Fres Oquendo and the loved ones of Mr. Granville.

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