Prince Hamed – most entertaining boxer of all time?
By Tom Berridge: Former WBO / WBC / IBF World champion Prince Naseem Hamed was without question the most entertaining boxer of all time. He had it all, showmanship, charisma, unbelievable ability and a punching power that was second to none in his surrounding weight divisions.
Hamed knocked out a challenger with the first punch of a fight only to finish him off with a total of 3 punches, won multiple world titles and once entered the ring on a magic carpet and pendulum swing on separate occasions.
Hamed’s flip over the rope ring entrance had his opponents shaking in their boots and his fights were always the most entertaining. He captured the interest of the whole world. I even remember a young Floyd Mayweather Jr desperate to fight him. I genuinely believe Floyd actually modeled himself on the Prince and owes him a lot in regards to paving the way for that type of sportsman in boxing today.
Some of us are not privileged enough to say, were old enough to have witnessed Muhammad Ali in his prime and I’m sure he was just as entertaining as Naz, but for me the Prince was absolutely unbelievable inside and outside the ring.
I remember growing up as a kid and getting so excited about watching his fights. There is and was, no other fighter that I can think I’d rather watch then Hamed.
He took America by storm, his reviews were not the best in the states, but I believe they simply couldn’t handle him not being American, yet he still had massive audiences tuning in to his fights on HBO and had massive sponsorship deals on each side of the pond.
The American fighters of today with similar attributes like Adrien Broner and Mayweather are not even in the same league of entertainment value and class in a general sense. In my view, Broner’s fights are horrible in every way and Mayweather’s fights with a boring style.
What I’m trying to say is that I believe Prince Naseem Hamed the most entertaining boxer and showman in the history of the sport.
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