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On This Day 20 Years Ago… The Fight That Legitimized Naseem Hamed

 

By. BrotherJR

February 8, 2017

 

You know you’re getting old when you remember fights from the mid-late 1990’s like they just happened last month. Well today is one those moments as I look back at the one and only “Prince” Naseem Hamed, one of the most exciting, flamboyant and hardest hitting fighters to ever lace up the gloves. We’ve never seen a fighter like Hamed before, and we may never see a fighter like him again.

Those of who fully remember the “Prince” know that he made a huge splash on the boxing scene during the 1990’s as a brash, confident Featherweight with one of the more unique styles in the history of the sport and uncommon punching power for a man of his size. British, Muslim and proud, the three-time world Featherweight champion Hamed brought excitement and attention (as well bigger paydays) to the smaller weight divisions. In short, Naseem Hamed wasn’t just a showman with an unorthodox style and incredible punching power. He wasn’t just a fighter who was one of the best trash-talkers in the sport. “Prince” Naseem was in many ways a boxing trailblazer.

Given all that he accomplished both in and out of the right, I decided to share one of his most significant fights. On Feb. 8, 1997 Hamed (then WBO Featherweight champ) stopped defending IBF Featherweight champion Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson to unify the WBO/IBF Featherweight titles in London, Eng*. This was Hamed’s first true test as a professional. Up until this fight Hamed was known as someone ultra-talented, but a bit unproven. In short the question was, how good is Hamed really? By not only defeating, but stopping Johnson, Hamed proved to the boxing world that he was not only a boxer who brought a lot of swag to the game (his ring entrances are legendary), but a fighter of real substance as well. Sit back and enjoy the “Prince” in action on the 20th year anniversary of one of his most important fights.

 

*video courtesy YouTube

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February 8, 2017 - Posted by | About Me, Video, Videos |

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