Naseem Hamed Titles and Pro Achievements Naseem Hamed Titles and Pro Achievements
Hamed was part of the 2015 class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Major World Titles WBC featherweight IBF featherweight WBO featherweight
Hamed burst on to the boxing scene in spectacular fashion, capturing the limelight with his remarkable hand speed and ferocious punching power.
Hamed was known for his unconventional boxing antics and spectacular ring entrances which included entering the ring on a flying carpet, a lift, and a palanquin, as well as re-enacting the video of Michael Jackson's Thriller, and wearing a Halloween mask. He was also known for his front somersault over the top rope into the ring, his highly athletic and hard-hitting southpaw boxing style,
His style was one of the most unique in boxing as he'd often take extraordinary leaps when throwing power shots and quickly leap out of harm's way afterwards. He defined "unorthodox."
It was difficult for opponents to prepare for Hamed because he so awkward and unorthodox.
In December 1997, Hamed arrived in New York with a bang when he knocked out former world champion Kevin Kelley in the fourth round at Madison Square Garden. In that Fight of the Year candidate, Hamed arose from the canvas three times to knock Kelley out with a thumping left.
Hamed's career-defining fight came in 2001 against highly-rated Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera. Hamed arrived in the Las Vegas confident of doing to Barrera what he had done to his other opponents. But he left battered and bruised after a comprehensive beating. The unanimous points defeat was his first loss, but Hamed took the setback with surprisingly good grace.
Hamed will always be remembered for attracting new fans to boxing and bringing more attention and money to the lower weight divisions.
Dan Rafael of ESPN wrote about Hamed, “one of the biggest stars in the sport, the guy sold out arenas before his opponent was even named.”
Record of 16-0 (14 KO) in World Title fights. Record of 10-1 (8 KO) against former or current world titleists
Hamed's boxing career was seen by many experts in the sport as one of massive potential. Frank Warren, the boxing promoter, once said of Hamed: "I think at one stage he was the most exciting fighter that I'd ever been involved with. At one stage, in the early part of his career, he could have gone on to become one of the great fighters. But that disappeared when he didn't fight as regularly as he should have done, when he was cutting corners on his training. It just didn't work out for him from that point on."
Hamed is a Muslim who frequently recited the Takbir out loud before his fights and appealed to a lot of working-class Britain.
By 1997, Hamed had an annual income of $14 million (£8,548,914) from fight purses and endorsements, ranking at number-22 on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes for 1997.
By March 1999, his net worth was an estimated £38 million. By January 2001, Hamed had reportedly amassed a fortune of £50 million ($75,746,700).