'Prince' Naseem Hamed (36-1)...

Naz: Fan or Not A Fan?


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Yeah. Didn't like him as a kid. Too cocky too much dancing.

All my mates liked him. I made good money at betting them that Barrera would beat him.

He was good to watch though, had some really good wins, and put the little guys on the map at the time.
 
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It will always be disappointing he didn't come back to elite level after that loss. But still achieved more than 99% of people on the planet so fair do's.
 
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Loved Naz. He was the epitome of box office, people loved hime and loved to hate him.

Despite his brlliant career I still look at him as a bit of a wasted talent. Could have been a genuine great imo.
 
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Hated him, he was a loathsome, horrible, bullying cunt.

Barrera dealing with him was my joint favourite moment ever in boxing history (along with the similar Maidana smashing up Broner). I still remember the date off the top of my head.

The only thing not quite perfect with it for me was it wasn’t Morales doing it.

I’d said for ages if he fought either of them he’d lose and my friends who idolised him and thought he was unbeatable laughed, even though they didn’t know who either of the Mexicans were!

Made me laugh that he had to just accept the loss and try to act not bothered about it because they built everything up as being “up to Allah!”.

It wasn’t his hands that retired him though, it was 9/11! The whole overt Muslim thing went down like a lead balloon and effectively sunk his career.
 
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Up there with any boxer that i have hated and used to will the other fighter so hard to beat him but mostly in vain.

No doubt he was exciting and done a lot to get boxing in the limelight but he was the kind of persona i absolutely loath so when it did come to an end it was very sweet.
He was like a way way worse version of Eubank Snr,who gripped my shit at the time but have grown to respect him hugely over the years but never will with Hamed.

When MAB wood shedded him it was absolutely beautiful,a complete and utter humiliation in the ring although many disagree but he was totally owned in the fight.

Was one of the first times i can really remember a mongoish bias within British boxing punditry.Out of 12 pundits pre-fight,only Duke went for a MAB and went as far as to say it would be easy.

The old fella,old dear,my missus and our 10 month old lad sat and enjoyed every minute and apart from the lad obviously,it was a moment we had all been waiting for.

When you think the odds were near 4/1 it was crazy but i had a couple bets at the bookies and was chuffed it was as wide.It caught the casuals attention for sure and remember most of the conversations were all on Hamed winning by KO and i was about the only one saying no.

If i could only watch one fight ever again it would be that.Plenty better wars out there but for Fap value it's the one that makes me moist.
 
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God I wish someone could clone him into a prime version of himself. Love him or hate him, he was the most entertaining elite fighter under HW.
 
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Naseem Hamed.
Legendary Boxer
Global Superstar
Natural Born Thriller.
Pure Entertainment.
Inspired a generation of Boxers.
Had Biggest hate base in British Boxing, history. That was a stroke of genuis from Brendan Ingle realising a little Arab Kid was unlikely to get a fan base, he deliberately got him to establish a hate base people who would tune in hoping to see the cocky Arab get beat. That worked a treat even a generation later he is still talked about by his very loyal haters.

For the record Hamed vs Barrera is a dull fight. One guy fought a disciplined technical fight the other just went through the motions. Not a thrilling beat down Hameds hatebase seems to imagine.... On the other hand Hameds fight vs Kelly has to be the greatest and most entertaining debut by a British fighter in America ever.

This in your face I am brown, I am Arab and Muslim and I is proud....was stroke of genius as well it riled up an entire generation of Sun newspaper readership.

Prince Naseem Hamed Superstar boxer and legendary pantomime villain of British Boxing.
 
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Also kind of odd how the fighter with the biggest hate base gets talked about more then retired fighters with huge fan bases.

Haters are the most loyal kind of base to have, they will stalk a guy until he drops dead.

So any fighter coming up should take note.
 
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Naseem Hamed.
Legendary Boxer
Global Superstar
Natural Born Thriller.
Pure Entertainment.
Inspired a generation of Boxers.
Had Biggest hate base in British Boxing, history. That was a stroke of genuis from Brendan Ingle realising a little Arab Kid was unlikely to get a fan base, he deliberately got him to establish a hate base people who would tune in hoping to see the cocky Arab get beat. That worked a treat even a generation later he is still talked about by his very loyal haters.

For the record Hamed vs Barrera is a dull fight. One guy fought a disciplined technical fight the other just went through the motions. Not a thrilling beat down Hameds hatebase seems to imagine.... On the other Hameds fight vs Kelly has to be the greatest and most entertaining debut by a British fighter in America.

Prince Naseem Hamed Superstar boxer and legendary pantomime villain of British Boxing.
Legendary boxer who just went through the motions in his biggest fight.

Cool story.
 
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Legendary boxer who just went through the motions in his biggest fight.

Cool story.
True story.....! Fight recorded on film to prove it ....And a documentary of his training camp to further prove it.

Although this myth of of a huge one sided beat down to rival that of Sugar Ray Robinsons beat down of Jake La Motta. In the st valentines masacre might sound cool. For the haters.

As for being Legend thats a fact guy had fanclubs from Thailand to Japan. In the world of Social Media he would have been next level.
 
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True story.....! Fight recorded on film to prove it ....And a documentary of his training camp to further prove it.

Although this myth of of a huge one sided beat down to rival that of Sugar Ray Robinsons beat down of Jake La Motta. In the st valentines masacre might sound cool. For the haters.

As for being Legend thats a fact guy had fanclubs from Thailand to Japan. In the world of Social Media he would have been next level.
I don't doubt he would have been next level on social media.

I prefer my fighters to be next level boxers,but we obviously have differing views on how we like fighters to apply themselves.

Not sure where you are getting this "huge one sided beatdown" from,seems to be your words.

What everyone seen was a gloriously sweet complete humiliation.If you don't think that MAB treated him with total disdain in the fight then your love for Hamed outweighs your love of boxing imo.

Edit to say,in many eyes it was a huge one sided beatdown in fact and i would agree.
 
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Naseem Hamed.
Legendary Boxer
Global Superstar
Natural Born Thriller.
Pure Entertainment.
Inspired a generation of Boxers.
Had Biggest hate base in British Boxing, history. That was a stroke of genuis from Brendan Ingle realising a little Arab Kid was unlikely to get a fan base, he deliberately got him to establish a hate base people who would tune in hoping to see the cocky Arab get beat. That worked a treat even a generation later he is still talked about by his very loyal haters.

For the record Hamed vs Barrera is a dull fight. One guy fought a disciplined technical fight the other just went through the motions. Not a thrilling beat down Hameds hatebase seems to imagine.... On the other hand Hameds fight vs Kelly has to be the greatest and most entertaining debut by a British fighter in America ever.

This in your face I am brown, I am Arab and Muslim and I is proud....was stroke of genius as well it riled up an entire generation of Sun newspaper readership.

Prince Naseem Hamed Superstar boxer and legendary pantomime villain of British Boxing.
Not sure how much of it was an act. He was, or a least became, a dick.

He fell out with Ingle, sky sports, Eubank, Nelson, and a host of others. That wasn't done to boost ticket sales, (well maybe Eubank was).

I also don't know that he was that hated. Certainly not for being an Arab anyway. Everyone I knew loved him, from Muslim kids, right up to old guys who I would've classed as racists.

(Not denying there was some racism going on).

Seems like others on this thread had the same experience. He was really popular with the casual fan in the UK, but the hardcores, (us), were less thrilled. Similar to other big stars of recent years like Joshua or Hatton.

Personally I never hated him. I just didn't like the showboating, particularly against overmatched opposition. It's something that always grates with me in any fighter. But that's just personal taste.

The Kelly fight was great. It's one of the fights I've seen most in my life.
 
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I don't doubt he would have been next level on social media.

I prefer my fighters to be next level boxers,but we obviously have differing views on how we like fighters to apply themselves.

Not sure where you are getting this "huge one sided beatdown" from,seems to be your words.

What everyone seen was a gloriously sweet complete humiliation.If you don't think that MAB treated him with total disdain in the fight then your love for Hamed outweighs your love of boxing imo.

Edit to say,in many eyes it was a huge one sided beatdown in fact and i would agree.
Ok whatever..!
 
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Not sure how much of it was an act. He was, or a least became, a dick.

He fell out with Ingle, sky sports, Eubank, Nelson, and a host of others. That wasn't done to boost ticket sales, (well maybe Eubank was).

I also don't know that he was that hated. Certainly not for being an Arab anyway. Everyone I knew loved him, from Muslim kids, right up to old guys who I would've classed as racists.

(Not denying there was some racism going on).

Seems like others on this thread had the same experience. He was really popular with the casual fan in the UK, but the hardcores, (us), were less thrilled. Similar to other big stars of recent years like Joshua or Hatton.

Personally I never hated him. I just didn't like the showboating, particularly against overmatched opposition. It's something that always grates with me in any fighter. But that's just personal taste.

The Kelly fight was great. It's one of the fights I've seen most in my life.
Cant really argue with most of the above. Although my recollection of the Hamed era might not be exactly be the same. Your post is fairly objective and unbiased.
 
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Cant really argue with most of the above. Although my recollection of the Hamed era might not be exactly be the same. Your post is fairly objective and unbiased.
I was in a school in Glasgow at the time, and just remember all my mates loving him.

I can imagine it might be different if you were older at the time, or lived in a different area.

No getting round the fact he was a good fighter though, and an exciting one. It's a shame he didn't quite live up to his potential.