TONY OAKEY will tackle American Aaron Pryor Jnr next month after being handed a change of opponent for his comeback.
And the Leigh Park Warrior admitted he will go in as underdog against the son of light-welterweight legend Aaron Pryor at the Mountbatten Centre.
I’d say it’s 60-40 against me.Tony Oakey
Oakey was due to meet Ronald Hearns on November 25 but Hearns pulled out of the contest over a weight issue paving the way for the Pryor Jnr match-up.
Now the 39-year-old is deep into his training programme after a five-year period out of the ring.
He will be going up against an active opponent, however, who boxed in Las Vegas last month.
Pryor Jnr also took brutal Canadian Adonis Stevenson nine rounds and has a number of high-calibre opponents on his record.
Oakey knows he has a tough task ahead of him.
He said: ‘I’m back in full-time training, the weight is coming down and sharpness coming back.
‘But I know that I’m up against it and it’s a tough fight. I’d say it’s 60-40 against me.
‘People are asking why I’m doing this. What I would say is I have a nasty habit of proving everyone wrong.
‘My last fight was a real dampener and low key. That has nagged at me.
‘But this is a big American name with interest from different countries. That’s how to say goodbye.’
Oakey has called on the Portsmouth boxing community to ready him for action.
That means sparring with a host of local pros as he links up with trainer Michael Ballingall.
Oakey said: ‘I’m calling in all the local lads to help me in sparring.
‘I’ve been moving around with Mikey Mckinson.
‘Danny and Sammy Couzens have offered to help and I will call in Joel McIntyre and Biola Kudus.
‘It’s a real community effort.
‘Andicars, who I work for, are backing me and so are Triangle Cars.
‘Then there’s Gary Jones at Leigh Fitness doing my strength and conditioning.
‘Everyone is pulling together.’