One ill-advised night in Las Vegas be damned – we’ve all been there. It was something he embraced and made him a pay-per-view star and his flip over the ropes became synonymous with him. Having broken his hand in his previous outing, he had been laid up for months and had put on considerable weight. It is not yet clear what weight he would fight at, but Aadam looks to possess the natural talent to fight full-time.
It’s not like he was facing nobodies; Tom Johnson was The Ring magazine’s number one featherweight when he stopped him. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. View our online Press Pack. PRINCE NASEEM HAMED has a fight on his hands to prove he is the best boxer in the family - after son Aadam showed off his blistering hand speed. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Fellow greats, little men he could have feasibly faced to enhance his legacy. We’ll get into that fateful night in Las Vegas shortly, but prior to that demolition job, Hamed had changed the face of boxing in the UK. He also defeated former world champions in Manuel Medina, Wilfredo Vázquez, Wayne McCullough and César Soto, the latter of whom he pried the WBC featherweight title from. Even though Eubank towered six inches over Hamed and was three stone heavier, he was wise enough to listen to Warren and depart. “Enjoying my training so much at the minute,” said Aadam. He’s going to be an actor, and my other son, Sulaiman, is the cutest. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). But he retired at the early age of 28 to focus on his family. The fans in attendance roundly booed him when he opted against his trademark flip over the top rope. “I particularly remember him beating up the British middleweight champion Neville Brown, who fought Steve Collins for a WBO world title, and the future British cruiserweight champion John ‘Buster’ Keeton, a man nine inches taller and five stones heavier. Aadam has a lot to live up to. Just five fights later, Hamed was the IBF featherweight king and became the first Brit in a decade to win two world titles at the same weight. “You will come unstuck.”. Marquez was even the number one contender to Hamed’s WBO title at one stage, but the fight never materialised. ‘Naz’ was coached by Ingle’s father Brendan. Eleven million people tuned into ITV in the UK to watch his final fight.
By 1997, Hamed was estimated to be making around £8m a year and he was 22nd on Forbes’ world’s highest paid athlete’s list. It could be argued that Hamed never fought names like Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Márquez and Manny Pacquiao. John Ingle, who held the pads for Hamed, said his biggest punches felt like ‘electric shocks’ and after every session he had to stick his hands in a bucket of ice water to stop him getting the shakes.
People talk about power in boxing all the time and Hamed’s was not only very real, but he had the skill and fluidity on his feet not many could handle. It’s that carrot that dangles in front of you with so much money,” Hamed, who is now happy to watch his sons carry on the fighting name he made so electrifying. He now wants his offspring Aadam to prepare for a possible pro run on the same turf. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. To fight Vuyani Bungu in 2000, he came to the ring on a flying carpet, with P Diddy – one of the biggest stars in the world at that point – walking behind him. A post shared by Aadam Hamed (@aadam.hamed) on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:34am PDT. As for Witter, ‘The Hitter’ missed out on his dream fight with Ricky Hatton but did claim the WBC welterweight title before losing to Timothy Bradley. Prince Naseem, now 46, held the WBO featherweight belt for five years and carved out a career as one of Britain's best and most respected fighters. Of those 20, only two of them had gone the distance and of all the eight 12-round fights he managed prior to his title win, the Sheffield-born southpaw had only gone past six rounds twice. He made it through the fight, but it was a unanimous win for Barrera and the taste of reality didn’t do much to divert Hamed’s attention away from the $8.5 million he had just made. Could be a star if he's even half as talented as Prince Naseem.". Rhodes eventually fought Canelo Alvarez and gave the Mexican a full twelve rounds. “He’s the natural fighter.
The 20-year-old looked impressive on the speed bag in a video he posted on Instagram. At an airport once, Hamed – carrying his world titles on his shoulders – was flanked by his promoter Frank Warren when, by chance, he encountered Chris Eubank. The leopard skin shorts and total confidence that emanated from the man made him a spectacle.
“Unfortunately, the more successful Naz got, the less he trained. Hamed was that good.”. Perhaps for the first time, though, the UK had a charismatic, maybe even eccentric fighter in Naseem Hamed and not only was he entertaining in the ring, he was world class.
“Surrounding myself with champs and future champs. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. He had to lose two stone in two weeks before the Barrera fight, which tells you a lot about how he had – or moreover, hadn’t – trained. TalkSPORT report that Aadam is considering a future in boxing and could make his debut in the near future. Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. By the time he faced Barrera, he was fighting for all the wrong reasons and wasn’t prepared in any kind of way. It’s a funny thing in sport when an athlete is legitimately great but, because they have confidence, the public wants to see them fall. ▪️Prince Naseem Hamed...REBORNSon of legendary British Boxer Prince Naseem Hamed, Aadam Hamed has decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and bring back some excitement, charisma and flamboyance to boxing. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay. Early in his career, Hamed promised to deliver a show. He did that in the ring with his sublime performances, but he was also entertaining the crowd before even laying his hands on anybody. @aadam.hamed Prince Naseem Hamed has a new future in the sport after watching over his son’s transition to the boxing gym under Dominic Ingle. Hamed was a fearsome puncher, but years of fighting the way did was incredibly hard on his hands.
“Chris, be quiet and walk away,” the promoter said. ", Another said: "Interesting. As part of an unprecedented era for the Ingle’s, Hamed came through the ranks alongside Ryan Rhodes, Clinton Woods, Junior Witter, and Johnny Nelson. His ring walks along were the stuff of legend. His hands in pieces, no co-ordination or power because of the drastic and frankly dangerous weight cut, Hamed was battered. Guardian journalist Sean Ingle said he visited Hamed training in Sheffield in his younger days and saw him routinely demolish opponents far bigger. “My eldest, Sami, is 17. However, he did return to the ring 13 months later and reclaim his IBF featherweight title with a sluggish and totally uncharacteristic performance against Manuel Calvo that somehow grabbed him a unanimous decision victory. Woods fought Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver during his tenure. There are high hopes for Aadam.
Trumping the lot, Hamed became one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet and cracked America in a series of HBO blockbusters. For other inquiries, Contact Us. The youngsters himself seems to be taking to pugilism like a duck to water.
After winning the titles and reaching the top level, sometimes the rate of KOs can slow (see Anthony Joshua with Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr), but that wasn’t the case with Hamed. Prince Naseem Hamed had a glorious career, all things considered, and a record of 37-1 is nothing to scoff at. His ability matched his confidence and he quickly ascended to the rare air of superstar. Then, at 28, he decided to hang up his gloves and though he didn’t officially announce that for years, he stopped training and it seemed as though the fire was gone. “Dominic Ingle, thanks for having us back at my dad’s old stomping ground.”. After accusing Eubank of stealing his showmanship, Eubank slapped both of Hamed’s titles to the ground. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. But ultimately, he came up short on the world stage. All of those wins, including the title fight, were stoppages. Three of that quartets, alongside Hamed, became world champions. He seems to have some of his old man's cockiness too, looking at the camera while managing to hit the bag perfectly. Yet, we scantly see a man defined by one loss as gravely as Hamed was. “Beyond the smile and humour, the flying carpets and all the razzmatazz, I wanted to knock someone out cold.
“He could have been a five-times world champion.”. Ahead of his career-defining loss to Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001, Hamed had a barber flown in from LA and he dispatched one of his entourage to Mexico to make sure his gloves were made of goatskin because “they’re the best to taste when their smashed in your mouth,” he remarked. But with his dad’s good lucks and a growing Instagram following amongst the ladies, the sky could be the limit if he has the talent to match.
14th August 2020, 8:30 am Prince Naseem Hamed had a glorious career, all things considered, and a record of 37-1 is nothing to scoff at.
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