Prince Naseem Hamed

The funniest boxer in history “Prince Naseem Hamed”

Prince Naseem Hamed was an explosive entertainer. Throughout his career fight fans on both sides of the pond tuned in, hoping for either an exciting lights-out knockout or to see this braggadocious champion knocked off his perch.

In his prime, Hamed was a superstar despite his slim frame, the Sheffield switch hitter could punch like a mule. His moves were unorthodox, his reflexes sublime, he went down got up, knocked opponents out with single shots.

After almost 20 years since his last professional bout, we take a look back at the destructive power of boxing legend; Prince Naseem.

Hamed’s debut may have taken place in a low-key spot on a low-key card, but he was still delivering the knockout finishes, even back in 1992 as a fledgling super flyweight, rangy Ricky Beard tried to throw return fire, but was caught in a haze of shots from the prince’s whirlwind attacks. A right hand to the body finally sent the London journeyman down and out in the second round, and Hamed’s own journey had officially begun.

Making the first defense of his WBC international super bantamweight strap, Naseem was presented with undefeated Dominican Laureano Ramirez.

Hamed wowed the card of fans by blasting away his Spanish-based opponent in three rounds. Ramirez was sending out extreme signals of distress towards the end of the third, prompting Hamed to move in for the kill with a fight-ending right hook.

In a battle of two exciting punchers, Hamed was once again too sharp for a foreign import.

The Puerto Rican dropped Hamed with a right hand in the opener, his success was short-lived however as the enigmatic champion quickly found the range for his unconventional blows to stun Alicea in the second session.

The prince found the big shots to extinguish his WBO number one contender in round two.

Following four successful defenses of his WBO belt, Hamed was ready to unify with long reigning IBF champion Tom Johnson.

Johnson was making the 12th defense of the title he had won from Manuel medina in 1993. It was unlucky 13 for the American, who was hurt by Hamed early on and boxed his way back into the contest before coming unstuck in the seventh, and getting knocked out in the eighth.

Beaten only once before by Hamed victim Tom Johnson, Jose Badillo was designed to test the champion when they met in the prince’s hometown. It did not transpire that way, Hamed dominated the rounds even attempting an ali shuffle in the fifth, right up to the seventh, when Badillo started feeling the effects of constant left hands.

Referee Mike Ortega combined with Badillo’s corner to end the onslaught.

One of Hamed’s most gloriously flawed displays, came on his American debut against Kevin Kelley.

Headlining in New York’s famous Madison Square Garden, the prince treated U.S fight fans and pundits to a literal up and down affair that could have gone either way. Ultimately, it went Naseem’s way as his fight-ending power settled the score and bailed the Englishman out in the fourth.

Tough underrated and phenomenally fit, Scarborough’s Paul Ingle found himself competing at world level, and he was not about to let that opportunity slip by.

Other opportunities would arise for Ingle, whose first world title tilt was ended in round 11 by the devastating punches of Naseem Hamed. That was after ingle had been dropped twice by the prince, rallied back well in the fight only to find Hamed’s power once again telling what it really mattered.

After some suspect performances, classic Hamed returned, in truth South Africa’s boyani Bungu was made to order.

Naseem laid down a marker from the start, using Bungu’s hunch style against him> The visitor was tagged repeatedly to head and body, before falling in the fourth from a powerful left hand.

Despite having bettered Floyd Mayweather as an amateur, things had not quite gone to plan for Augie Sanchez. Who already had an upset loss on the pro ledger, when he met Naseem Hamed and mashin packet.

Both men traded heavy blows in an all-out war, before Hamed viciously ended the contest in the fourth round by knocking out Sanchez, who left on a stretcher.

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