Naseem Hamed Talks Career, Explains What Boxing is Missing

Naseem Hamed - the hard punching  southpaw featherweight sensation from steel town Sheffield, adorned in leopard design trunks, who somersaulted the top rope.

Unorthodox punches delivered by him from all angles with  hands often held deceptively and casually low, belying cat like reflexes. 

A record of 37 fights, 31 KO's, with only one points loss to Marco Antonio Barrera, a fellow leftie, who'd been converted to orthodox stance. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.


Caught up with the brilliant and unorthodox one,  at the World Boxing Council's fifty fifth Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan to ask?

WBC: There are a lot of great boxers now, but no one flamboyant and spectacular like you?

Naz: I honestly feel we have that lacking [in boxing]. No one will put it on the line like I did. It'd be nice to see someone really entertaining, doing the job I did and filling those shoes. But unfortunately, we haven't seen that for a number of years.

WBC: Why did you bring this excitement to the ring?  Few were neutral...they either loved or hated you.

Naz: I brought the excitement because I wanted to be one of the best fighters in the world, I wanted  to be the most entertaining fighter in the world and I wanted to put my stamp on the sport. And I honestly think I achieved all of those things. Today I sit in The Hall of Fame, with the likes of Muhammad Ali, and I'm here at the 55th WBC convention, invited by the WBC President and the green and gold means so much to me. To win it was always a dream of mine. It's an amazing belt.

WBC: One of the marks of a great champion is to be able to finish a fight with one big punch, and you had that.

Naz:  I had   knockout power in each hand. I was blessed not only with confidence in abundance, but power, and I thank  God for that.

WBC:  Are you born with this power, or do you develop it?

Naz: I think there are different forms of knockout power. When you see guys like Mike Tyson and Julian Jackson, you know they were blessed with something. It's a certain snap to the punch. It's a certain kind of power that you very rarely see. On the Monopoly board, we call that the get out of jail card. Even if it got to the late rounds...I KO'd Paul Ingle in the eleventh. It's nice to possess that power and to take them out at any stage of the fight.

WBC: What is it like to be here at the WBC convention?

Naz: I'm humbled by the fact that there are so many world champions, former world champions. I'm humble to be in the same room. I see many fighters here who were possibly better than me...and I'm not too shy to admit that. I just congratulated them on what they did in their careers. It's amazing to see!

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Elroy The Great on 10-08-2017

dude is unrecognizable.

Comment by monkeyboy on 10-08-2017

[QUOTE=DocGreenThumb.;18113306]Is that all you got the Cheetos basement smack so old your grandma farts dust. Hype Job don't give a fuc what you say and there were many on another thread about naz backing me up. Don't know shyt about…

Comment by McNulty on 10-05-2017

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;18114268]You should delete this before everyone sees it[/QUOTE] Keep you head in the sand...chump.

Comment by millcitymauler on 10-05-2017

[QUOTE=McNulty;18112360]So? What was Naseem's reason and don't tell me it was his hands. The real reason was the sharks were closing in, sharks like Morales were making their way upstream to 126. Morales would have killed Hamed in brutal fashion…

Comment by Zaroku on 10-05-2017

[QUOTE=Vegemil;18114175]Those Japs got the small dicks too.[/QUOTE] Jap dudes make the most of why they got.. Respect on that

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