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Prince Naseem HamidPrince Naseem Hamid

Naseem Salom Ali Hamid was born on February 12, 1974 to Yemeni parents. At seven, Hamed’s potential was spotted at a local gym by Brendan Ingle, who would become his personal trainer for the next 17 years. Hamed won the National Schoolboy Boxing Championship five times and the junior Amateur Boxing Association title twice.

At 18, Hamed turned professional in the bantamweight class; by the time he was 20 he was European Bantamweight champion and the following year he defeated Steve Robinson to secure the WBO Featherweight world title. In 1997 he added the IBF title to his collection, although this was relinquished by Hamed less than six months later when he declined to meet the organisation’s mandatory challenger. As of today, Hamid has won 36 (31 of which were knockouts) of his 37 fights losing only one to Marco Antonio Barrera in April 2001.

Sources: Boxing Records Archive; www.mysheffield.net; Channel4.com