Do a double take and you might just mistake boxer Wadi Camacho for his sporting idol David Haye.
First there’s the cornrow hairstyle. Then comes the 6ft-plus height, starting cruiser weight status and aggressive fighting technique which results in a similar presence in the ring.
They’ve even sparred together, with 30-year-old Camacho fighting four rounds against the world’s former heavyweight champion in December.
Fans are in for a treat on Saturday, January 16, when both will box at Haye Daye at The O2 .
Haye will take centre stage in a bout against Mark de Mori while Wadi will challenge Jindrich Velecky in a six-round undercard clash.
For Wadi, who trains with Barry Smith at the professional boxing gym Limehouse Marina Elite , it will be his first fight at a major event since taking a three-month break from the sport.
He’s preparing with twice-daily gym sessions including sparring, shadow boxing, strength and conditioning and plenty of running around his Isle of Dogs patch.
We talked to him about his preparations for fight night.
How does feel to appear on the same fight card as David Haye?
It’s going to be amazing. A lot of people say I look like him, and there’s also my style as well. I am an aggressive fighter and he has always been my idol. It is a big platform for me to get back up to.
Is it extra pressure boxing at such an iconic venue?
I’ve fought there before, but I haven’t been on the big stage since last year.
Once I am in the ring and the bell goes, that’s it. There’s only one person in front of me and that’s the other fighter. I have to bring my A-game and do what I have to do.
Tell us about your career to date.
I started boxing at 21. My career has been up and down but it’s more to do with the training I’ve had – I won the Prize Fighter championship in 2013 and lost in the WBC International Silver. In 2015 I took a complete break and had two to three months off - I just kept away from boxing, thought about my mistakes and why I lost fights I should have won.
Now I’ve come to Limehouse Marina Elite and started working with Barry Smith. In boxing, you have to be smart. Barry’s tweaked my style and advised about things like stepping in and we are gelling everything together.
Why do you run so much?
Running’s very important. I go about five times a week. You have to be able to run. Yes, you have to be able to punch, but sometimes you need to go from gear one and step it up so you need to have it in your tank.
You’ve got a couple of fights to kick start the New Year haven’t you?
The O2 fight is six rounds but then there’s my Southern Area title fight at York Hall which is in February, and that’s a 10-rounder.