Prince» Naseem or «Naz», is an English former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to forex hidden secrets. In 2016, ESPN ranked Hamed at number 22 on its list of the top 25 fighters, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. Hamed was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to Yemeni parents, in 1974.
Hamed started boxing professionally at flyweight in 1992. He soon began rising through the ranks as he knocked out a series of opponents in the opening rounds. Age 20 he won the European bantamweight title, comprehensively beating the beleaguered Vincenzo Belcastro over twelve rounds. Hamed moved up to face Wales’ defending WBO champion Steve Robinson. Hamed’s next defence was in Dublin against former two-time world featherweight title holder Manuel Medina. After knocking Medina down heavily in round 2, Hamed struggled to finish the fight until finally knocking Medina down twice in the 10th round.
Finally, at the end of round 11, Medina’s corner withdrew him from the fight on the advice of the ringside doctor. In February 1997, Hamed defeated long-time IBF champion Tom «Boom Boom» Johnson in eight rounds in a unification bout at the London Arena. In Hamed’s hometown of Sheffield in October 1997, he produced one of the best performances of his career in defending his WBO title against Jose Badillo, whose corner entered the ring to stop the fight during round 7. In late 1997 Hamed made his heavily hyped U. His ceremonious arrival on the British Airways Concorde was covered by multiple media outlets. Hamed would have had the distinction of winning all four world titles in a division, something only Riddick Bowe had achieved by that point, at heavyweight.
In March 2000 at Olympia, Kensington, London, Hamed knocked out former undefeated long-reigning IBF super bantamweight title holder, Vuyani Bungu of South Africa. Hamed fought in August 2000 against Augie Sanchez at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Hamed successfully retained his WBO title for the fifteenth and final time against Sanchez via a devastating fourth-round knockout. Hamed broke his hand badly in the bout, and following surgery he spent half a year out of the gym, gaining 35 pounds in weight. Eight weeks prior to the fight, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 7 April 2001, Marco Antonio Barrera prepared to fight. Barrera had moved up a weight division. At the end of training camp he was in the best shape of his life.
Barrera handed Naseem Hamed his first and only loss for the lineal featherweight championship by a twelve-round decision. Before the fight, Hamed was a 3 to 1 betting favorite in Las Vegas. The fight drew 310,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. It was the highest-grossing featherweight bout ever in the United States. International Boxing Organization World featherweight title. In an interview for BBC Radio Sportsweek, Hamed said that his retirement was largely due to chronic problems with his hands, including multiple fractures as well as surgery. Hamed’s boxing career was seen by many experts in the sport as one of massive potential.
Frank Warren, the boxing promoter, once said of Hamed: «I think at one stage he was the most exciting fighter that I’d ever been involved with. At one stage, in the early part of his career, he could have gone on to become one of the great fighters. Moreover, commentators have pointed out that Hamed’s ability should have propelled him to achievements that would have given him legendary status, but that his noted dislike of the long hard training camps and long periods away from his family hindered this. As popular lower weight fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Kostya Tszyu moved into the mid-weight classes and the Mexican champion Julio César Chávez declined, Hamed and Arturo Gatti filled the void. British boxing pundit Steve Bunce stated on 15 March 2008 edition of BBC panel show Fighting Talk that Hamed was the greatest British boxer of all time. Hamed was part of the 2015 class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2016, ESPN ranked Hamed at number 22 on its list of the top 25 pound-for-pound fighters of the last 25 years.
Prince Naseem, but I’m a mobster, Nas from Queens». Hamed also inspired a character called Prince Naseem in the fighting game Ehrgeiz, released in 1998. Hamed is a Muslim, and frequently recited the Takbir out loud before his fights. Hamed was the second richest British boxer, after heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. He was arrested on 3 May, released on bail and later charged at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 3 December. On 31 March 2006 Hamed entered a plea of guilty and was warned he could face jail by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.
The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Alan Goldsack, adjourned the case until 12 May to allow pre-sentence reports to be prepared. Hamed was showing what his car could do when he crossed a solid white line at a speed of at least 90 mph and crashed head-on into a Volkswagen Golf that emerged from a dip in the road. Hamed was sentenced for 15 months after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing. He was also given a four-year driving ban. Hamed was granted an early release and left prison on 4 September 2006 after serving 16 weeks of the 15-month sentence. Hamed was placed under Home Detention Curfew for the remainder of his sentence, and monitored by an electronic tag. Anthony Burgin, the driver with whom Hamed collided, said: «I am shocked that after such a serious accident Mr Hamed has been released after less than four months.
After a recommendation from the Honours Forfeiture Committee, Hamed was later stripped of his MBE, annulled as a consequence of the conviction. 1 million plus legal costs, as Burgin was deemed unable ever to work again. Burgin pleaded not guilty, and appeared in court on 17 March 2008, following which he was cleared of charges. Naseem Hamed held the pay-per-view record in the United Kingdom up until he was surpassed by Lennox Lewis vs. Measured Against All Time: Prince Naseem Hamed».
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