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Boxing hope Haye shrugs off pressure

21 July 2002

England heavyweight David Haye is unphased by the expectations on him to win gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Dave Hayes

David Haye enters Manchester 2002 with an enviable record

Haye, 21, has won 15 of his last 16 fights since losing on points to Cuba’s Odlanier Fonte Solis in the World Amateur Championships final in Belfast last year.

The Londoner is ranked the second best amateur heavyweight in the world and is favourite to win gold in his division at the MEN Arena on 3 August.

But Haye insists he feels no pressure and expects the England boxing team to match their success of four years ago at the Kuala Lumpur Games.

He said: “I proved myself at the World Championships and there’s a lot of pressure on me this time to win gold."

“But I thrive on pressure, it doesn’t really affect me. Once I’m in the ring it doesn’t matter how many cameras are there, it’s just a fight."

“We can definitely match last time when we got four golds at the Commonwealth Games, especially as we are fighting in our own back yard."

“We have a lot of talent and everyone is in great shape. Every nation in the tournament will be hoping we are not in their side of the draw.”

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