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Anonymous

The guy has12 million quid in the account according to a news report. I think he is doing just fine on that side.

Posted December 21, 2012 12:16 pm 


rhys

against barrera,naseem was hardly in his prime imo he was more focused on his family and he also broke up with his trainer.The thing is no one could entertain like hamed,he had everything…a ton of confidence and a strong beleif in himself,great ring entrences,the flip over the rope…he had probably one of the best styles in boxing history let alone being a top 10 featherweight,naseem is the definition of pure talent,the kid would attract people from all around the world to watch his fights.There will never be another entertainer as good as the prince was Period.

Posted November 23, 2012 8:15 am 


Russta

Spot on!

Posted October 24, 2012 3:18 pm 


Russta

Naz was in decline long before he fought MAB, I agree had they fought 6 years earlier Naz would have won. Naz lost his interest in training and fighting well before 2001, that plus his split form Ingle led to the decline. Nobody else could train Naz as his style was to unorthodox, Surez was never going to get him back to his best and and he didn’t listen to Steward. Under Surez he became flat footed and continued to remain focused on 1 punch KO’s. He neglected what he was good at… making the other guy miss and then unleashing combinations.

Posted October 24, 2012 1:21 pm 


db

Hamed is a perfect example of the British media hyping up a boxer for there own gain; sky sports will do this every couple years with a fighter to cash in. The simple fact is that Hamed was a paper champion only fighting people that he knew he could beat; and was clearly forced to fight Barrera because there was no more easy boxers to fight and in the Barrera fight he was shown for what he was.

Posted August 9, 2012 5:36 pm 


irishny

Guys with multiple world titles before they;re 25 are a dime a dozen?

Posted August 8, 2012 10:07 am 


Mike

That’s the point. Naseem’s lack of fundamentals, poor habits and non-existent ring intelligence could not be bailed out by his big power and reflexes. Barrera showed his skills against Salud and brought them over against Naseem, easily winning a fight that simply was not as close as the scorecards.

Posted August 8, 2012 12:45 am 


Mike

Wise words, Mel. Wise words!

Posted August 8, 2012 12:40 am 


Mike

Azumah Nelson, Salvador Sanchez and Alexis Arguello ALL would have given Naseem Hamed a nasty boxing lesson, perhaps stopping him. I would take Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Wilfredo Gomez over him, too. His habit of beating mediocrities and past it types whilst his supporters brag about all the straps he gained by doing this against a very weak era until the mini fab 4 showed up makes me laugh.

Posted August 8, 2012 12:39 am 


Mike

There is no proof of that. Absolutely not one iota. He simply never beat a very good to great fighter in his career.

Posted August 8, 2012 12:31 am 


Anonymous

he is in top ten

Posted August 7, 2012 9:11 pm 


KnucKled Eye

Hamed was a bad dude. Akward, fast and hit hard as hell. I would’nt put him as a top 10, perhaps a to 15-20. I think Marquez would have owned him, Morales would have out toughed him and Barerra, well we all know what Barerra would have done. As far as people saying he was past his prime when he fought MAB, WTF! Dude was still in his mid to late twenties when he retired. He was in his prime. Never really had tough wars because he Ko’d damn near everyone he face, so I know he wasn’t shop wore. Guy was goood and just got beat by a better technician.

Posted August 7, 2012 7:59 pm 


Anonymous

Funny …. I recall , I believe the last Pac, Marquez fight ,while Emanual was praising Marquez , he mentioned how he kept Hamed away from Marquez. I guess hind sight is really 20/20. Barerra would have beat any version of Hamed , pre-prime, prime or past prime. Barerra was a bad mutha.

Posted August 7, 2012 7:44 pm 


Bruce

This guy could have been bigger than Roberto Duran. Now, he’s just BIG; maybe 200 lbs! Not to mention what a disgrace to have an honor like being a member of the British empire stripped away from him due to drunk driving. He didn’t feel much like training. He should be walking around with $20M in the bank but he chose a path like Aaron Pryor chose: stupidiy. He is probably short of money. He could have been an all time great. Guys like Naseem Hamed are a dime a dozen.

Posted August 7, 2012 5:51 pm 


Loken

Prince had unbelievable natural power. He fought clean. Rumors of hand wrapping was a lie. Prince offense / defense was the best

Posted August 7, 2012 3:36 pm 


Anonymous

What

:shock:

Posted August 7, 2012 2:45 pm 


Acorn Fan

Hamed was so awkward abd unorthodox that it seemed no one could figure him out. But as all boxers know, there are trainers that can poke holes in the best of styles, so it was a matter of time before someone took him down. Barerra was just the first. I believe there were many out there that could have given Hamed a sound beating. That said, you still have to look at the record and with only one loss, he would be a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. We all have to admit that he was exciting to watch, a person that put people in the seats and he wasn’t afraid of competition. It would be a close count, but I suspect Hamed will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Thanks.

Posted August 7, 2012 2:00 pm 


Max

Okay, so if you want to make the case that Hamed was slipping, we can also make the case he fought NO one that was even considered a threat in that division besides Barrera, but we all know what happened when the fight took place. Hence the retirement.

Posted August 7, 2012 10:33 am 


Max

Hamed is just another Margarito who got exposed after receiving a shellacking at the hands of Mosely, and in his case, Barrera. It was all down hill for Margo after that. From a real fighters perspective, Hamed was more an entertainer than a fighter. Besides Barrera, Hamed did not fight anyone of note who was not past their prime. Best thing Hamed did for himself was retire because after Barrera, the competition was going to be stiff and relentless.

Posted August 7, 2012 10:19 am 


MEV!

Jorge Paez would have wrecked this guy, JMM too, Chris John, Sanchez, Kevin Kelly ( young ) Goyo Vargas, Wilfredo Gomez, Louie Espinosa, even Stevie Cruz, and many fighters from the past and present . This guy was a flash in the pan. Great talent, but awful skill and heart. Top 100 Maybe!!!

Posted August 6, 2012 6:07 pm 


Anonymous

no where!

Posted August 6, 2012 1:31 pm 


Annon

If MAB had fought Hamed when he was offered twice in Hamed’s prime we’d all be singing a very different song right now! Naz would have destroyed MAB if they had fought 3-4 years earlier when MAB ran off to fight Junior Jones instead (oppps that back fired).
Hamed, before he left Ingle was one of the most gifted and greatest boxers of all time, no question!

Posted August 6, 2012 11:26 am 


carl

Prince was the best fighter of all time

Posted August 6, 2012 9:02 am 


Neil (pomy)

Top 25 – no higher. Excellent fighter but a complete wanker.

Posted August 6, 2012 5:40 am 


Neil (pomy)

McGuighan over Hamed

Posted August 6, 2012 5:34 am 


What the f… with boxing judges? pro or am

A genius in Europe, a clown in the United States

Posted August 6, 2012 3:00 am 


SimSimma

I think Boxrec did a pretty good job of ranking Hamed among all-time featherweights with him at #12 all-time (world) and #1 from the UK. Naseem Hamed still holds the record as the youngest British world champion. Hamed’s career highlights include being lineal World champion from 1998-2001 with five defenses, tallying a total of 15 WBO defenses, and ultimately being 10-1 against world champions and major titlists, stopping eight of them, while effectively unifying the class. All that considered, Hamed is more than qualified to be inducted into the IBHOF. One thing the author does not mention is that Hamed was making more money for individual fights than all the “greats” were making their entire careers. The man being a multi-millionaire by the age of 27 had way more influence on his decision to eventually retire than Barrera. I would put money that the Hamed that showed up to beat Steve Robinson would have had a chance at knocking out ANY 126 lb-er.

Posted August 6, 2012 12:15 am 


The Prince

Somewhere in the top-twenty. Though he was an exciting fighter and a big shot in the arm for boxing itself. When it came time to prove himself against the elite fighter Barrera, he came up short. Not rematching afterwards, hurt his legacy. Still, he will never be forgotten. He was one of the most entertaining boxers in history.

Posted August 6, 2012 12:05 am 


Kazim Sharif

Naz was very good to watch depending on how you like your boxing, his enterance, interviews, motor mouth, ko power, speed and agility all made a true entertainer and he put boxing back to its best as a result of it all. His ego let him down badly, after getting embarassed he decided to stay away. In fact I read somewhere that he rebranded him self as the fresh prince but that soon faded and he retired into the overweight elements of life. I liked watching him but he lacked basic textbook skills, like leaving your chin hanging after throwing a right cross as he did with kevin kelly a few times, his switchin from orthodox to southpaw and back without calculating foot space and range. My honest opinion is he had a padded record as did all or most frank warren fighters. As soon as they come up against a bonafide fighter they would succombe to defeat. In terms of top ten, I rate him within the top ten and feel with his awkward stance he would have caused morrales and co problems. In the end his over inflated ego retired him and its unfortunate that we are sitting here debating ifs and maybes.

Posted August 5, 2012 7:52 pm 


KT

Hamed should of stayed with trainer Ingle, Hamed got too confident, thought he could beat the fighters with his reflexes and punching power alone.

Posted August 5, 2012 6:37 pm 


Anonymous

Hamed got too confident, should of stayed with trainer Ingle, he would of been a better fighter.

Posted August 5, 2012 6:34 pm 


Anonymous

Hamed should of stayed with trainer Ingle, he got to confident with his reflexes and punching power, thought he could beat everyone easily.

Posted August 5, 2012 6:31 pm 


Olu G. Rotimi

The Prince is better than Barry McGuigan who was emphatically not a great fighter.

Posted August 5, 2012 5:49 pm 


Gaz

He also left prison in a limo! What a idiot hang your head in shame don’t show off to the media lost all respect after he did that.

Posted August 5, 2012 5:46 pm 


wearerofallthebelts

The biggest problem with Hammed is that he never even tried to avenge his one loss. Regardless of his excuses (legitimate hand problems); it is difficult to call him an ATG. All time greats prove their worth by showing how the handle defeat or tough battles. To walk away without trying leaves too much undone and unknown. Shame too. I loved watching him fight.

Posted August 5, 2012 3:54 pm 


Nick

Agree. I watched his whole career (I’m a brit) and he had all the tools, talent and opportunity to be one of the greatest featherweights ever. He blew it.

To those who say he was passed his best when he fought Barrera, It’s true but only because he ruined himself with his gigantic ego.

He further ruined his image in the UK when, after a long record of speeding tickets, he was jailed after a 90mph 3-car crash where one victim had almost every bone in his body smashed.

Not the kind of british boxer who deserves to be remembered.

Posted August 5, 2012 3:03 pm 


Gonzo The Dragonborn

Massive power. Massive ego. Massive ears. Massive little c@nt of a man.

Posted August 5, 2012 2:40 pm 


luke

Naz was a bully who got his record padded with quite a few second tier fighters until his supposed megastar qualities forced him into fighting better opposition. He had reasonable power but his pathetic habit of switching stance got found out against the better fighters which allowed his whiskers to get tested and found to be less than iron. His refusal to fight the rematch showed his true self and would make him a doubt to be considered one of Britains finest ever let alone Europe or the World.

Posted August 5, 2012 2:35 pm 


The Kingslayer

I miss Hamed he was so much fun to watch both inside and outside the ring.

Posted August 5, 2012 2:05 pm 


Rich

If you call dancing around the ring like a spazmo and wrestling your opponent and throwing him to the floor,talking like the second coming,being so far up his own arse…well yes,that might be your idea of a champion, but as soon as he met someone real he got well dusted and made to look a real amateur….He should be only mentioned in the top 25…

Posted August 5, 2012 12:47 pm 


Anonymous

The last fights for Naseem Hamed were so disappointing to me. He just seems like a footnote in history to me. Not hall of fame candidacy.

Posted August 5, 2012 12:42 pm 


really?

To the people here claiming that the ATGs being mentioned are beneficiaries of rose tinted memories well hamed is based upon over matched opponents and a fervent imagination. Barrera schooled him, morales abd marquez would have too and pacquiao would have punched holes in him. Not even top 4 in his own era let alone top 10 all time.

Posted August 5, 2012 12:25 pm 


Anonymous

MAB might’ve lost the rematch if he came in the fight to stop Naz. Naz always had a punchers chance and lets not 4get MAB had to fight the perfect fight to beat him. My question is how many perfect fights could he fight? He could never fight Naz the way he fought Morrales

Posted August 5, 2012 12:17 pm 


Papo

Naseem Hamed was charismatic, had an awkward style and could punch, but he was also a loudmouth…who can forget his “I’ll never be beat” remarks after almost every fight. His KO power intimidated most fighters, many who entered the ring in a survival mode, as opposed to try to win. Barrera, on the other hand, had much better skills and was not intimidated one bit by Nassem’s KO percentile. Hamed lost to Barrera took more than his appearance of invincibility, but, due to his egotistical style, he was embarrassed to the point to never be the same fighter he once was.

Posted August 5, 2012 11:31 am 


Tomato Can

Prince had a good run, but Barrera out classed him badly. Barrera ruined Hamed, IMO. People claim Hamed was past his prime, when he met Barrera, I doubt that, he was only 27 years old at the time. I liked Hamed as a fighter, but his lack of text book fundamentals would be his down fall against the majority of the greats. And that flaw was exactly what Barrera exploited.

Posted August 5, 2012 11:17 am 


Pete

Hamee had good power and was awkward, but he doesn’t make the all time top 30 in the featherweight division. I need a hit of your pipe.

Posted August 5, 2012 11:06 am 


siegfried

During the olympics in london, WR’S and OR’S are daily broken. Human evaluates further and further. Only in sports like boxing, the athletes of yesteryear were better. We can not substantiate this with measurements. yet we have evidence.
View boxing matches of today and yesteryear on youtube, be honest with yourself and then conclude.
I want the most hated boxers the Klitschko brothers disregarded. Take the big Lennox Lewis and compare him with all the greats of the era Golder. Nazim also, compare him with Sandy Saddler, Henry Armstrong and Salvador Sanchez etc
Do you still think the boxers of yesteryear were better? Than something is wrong with you.

Posted August 5, 2012 11:03 am 


Neil from Preston, Uk

I think the prince on his day could have lived with any of the greats, he was definatly in the top ten, I agree with the comment above, it should be compared when each fighter was in his prime, when he fought barrera he was on the slippery slope and was past his best, under Brendan ingle he was a master boxer with one hell of a punch.

Posted August 5, 2012 10:39 am 


the commentator

The reason naz didnt honor his rematch clause with barrera was because he knew he would get his ass handed to him way worse than the first match. Now that is the mark of a smart man indeed…

Posted August 5, 2012 10:32 am 


poo

poo

Posted August 5, 2012 10:25 am 


daniel

“All-time comparisons” should be made between fighters at their best, and how long they eventually hung around should not be a factor. On the contrary, leaving the game at exactly the right time is a sign if not of greatness then at least of intelligence. I am sorry, no one, and certainly none of the old timers, could have lived with a peak Naseem.

Posted August 5, 2012 9:59 am 


mel

You fully believe Sandy Saddler, Henry Armstrong and Salvador Sanchez were turning in their grave!? I truly hope that if the dead do rise that I’m not confronted by that trio.

Posted August 5, 2012 9:20 am 



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