PRINCE NASEEM HAMED Boxer Analysis
Prince Naseem Hamed is a former British professional boxer from Sheffield, England. And one of the most enigmatic fighters to ever come out of the Brtish Isles. He is the former WBO, WBC, IBF, IBO and Lineal featherweight champion, featherweight champion(126 lb.) With a career record of 36-1 (L to Marco Antonio Barrera) with 31 KO’s.
While a staple on the British and European boxing scene. It would not be until later in his career that the Prince would fight in the US. But by that time he was already one of the most recognisable faces in the sport of British boxing. His charisma and presence in the ring, combined with his undeniable talent as a fighter. Lead him to have a love-hate relationship with many boxing fans.
He was known for his outlandish behaviour outside the ring, and unconventional approach in it. Known for his theatrical entrances which even included a flying carpet. Haz would always end the ceremony with a backflip over the ropes. Something which became his calling card before the fight began. But more so than his theatrics outside the ring, he became synonymous with dazzling flashes of brilliance inside the squared circle.
Unorthodox Inside The Ring
His somewhat unorthodox style would catch many of his opponents quite literally on the hop. With his jumping jab which he threw from the hip. Naseem would even sometimes jump so high to actually go over the opponent’s defence. Landing his shots over the outstretched guard.
He also had an uncanny ability to knock people out and at 126 lbs this was no mean feat. With his low hands and unorthodox style, Naseem left many of his opponents bewildered. And often unable to work out the secret to stopping the fighter from Sheffield.
Able to land punches from distance and in close from odd angles. His prowess in the ring would lead to multiple world titles. And a position as one of the most highly regarded fighters to ever come out of the UK. So let’s watch as Brendan Dorman breaks down The Prince and what he brought to the table every time he competed.