Naseem Hamed
Naseem Hamed

Naseem Hamed (Arabic: نسيم حامد; born 12 February 1974), nicknamed Prince Naseem and Naz, is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2002.[2] He held multiple featherweight world championships, including the WBO title from 1995 to 2000; the IBF title in 1997; and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000. He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001; IBO champion from 2002 to 2003; and held the European bantamweight title from 1994 to 1995. Hamed is ranked the best British featherweight of all time by BoxRec.[3] In 2015, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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, and formidable one-punch knockout power, having finished his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 84{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}.[4][5] With his cocky persona and high-profile bouts he was a prominent figure in 1990s British pop culture, while Sean Ingle in The Guardian writes, “in his prime, Hamed was a global superstar“.[6] A headliner on both sides of the Atlantic, Dan Rafael of ESPN writes, “one of the biggest stars in the sport, the guy sold out arenas before his opponent was even named.”[7]

As of October 2020, BoxRec ranks Hamed as the 19th greatest European pound-for-pound boxer of all time[8] and the seventh greatest British fighter of all time.[9] In 2016, ESPN ranked Hamed at number 22 on its list of the top 25 fighters, pound for pound, of the last 25 years.[10] World Boxing, a sister publication of The Ring magazine, ranked Hamed the 11th greatest British boxer of all-time, and Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph ranked him 10th.[11] The Ring also ranked Hamed the 46th greatest puncher of all-time.[7]

Early life

Hamed was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to Yemeni parents, in 1974.[12] A protege of Brendan Ingle’s Wincobank gym, his talent and flashy southpaw style marked him out from an early age.[12]

Professional career

Early years

Hamed started boxing professionally at flyweight in 1992. He soon began rising through the ranks as he knocked out a series of opponents in the opening rounds. Age 20 he won the European bantamweight title, comprehensively beating the beleaguered Vincenzo Belcastro over twelve rounds. After one defence he won the WBC International super bantamweight title in 1994, overwhelming Freddy Cruz in Sheffield, whom he severely punished and stopped in six rounds. Hamed’s popularity grew, his unorthodox style winning a large fan base and his boxing antics generating a large group of detractors.[12] After signing for Frank Warren, Hamed, employing more spectacular entrances, knocked out better opposition in Enrique Angeles and Juan Polo Pérez, both within two rounds.

World featherweight champion

Hamed vs. Robinson

Later in 1995, after controversially being named the WBO #1 featherweight contender (despite never having boxed at that weight), Hamed moved up to face Wales’ defending WBO champion Steve Robinson. After dominating the bout and scoring a knockdown in round 5, Hamed won the title when the referee stopped the fight in round 8 after Robinson was caught with a left hook that dropped him spectacularly. The fight was held in front of Robinson’s home crowd at the rugby ground, Cardiff Arms Park, with rain pouring down on the fighters and the ring.[13] This was also the first bout where Hamed badly injured his hand, a problem that would continue for the rest of his career.

Hamed vs. Medina

Hamed’s next defence was in Dublin against former two-time world featherweight title holder Manuel Medina. After knocking Medina down heavily in round 2, Hamed struggled to finish the fight until finally knocking Medina down twice in the 10th round. Finally, at the end of round 11, Medina’s corner withdrew him from the fight on the advice of the ringside doctor. Hamed revealed in his post-fight interview that he had fought with a heavy cold. Medina would go on to have many more tough title fights, remarkably winning versions of the featherweight world title another three times. Hamed’s next opponent was the 27–0 Remigio Molina of Argentina, who was stopped in two rounds.

Hamed vs. Johnson

Hamed with the WBO featherweight title at a WWF event, 1997

In February 1997, Hamed defeated long-time IBF champion Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson in eight rounds in a unification bout at the London Arena. After being constantly stunned and staggered from round 3 onwards, Johnson was finally dropped by a huge uppercut, then saved from further punishment by the referee. Hamed’s first defence of both the WBO & IBF titles was a first-round KO of veteran British boxer and European champion Billy Hardy. Before the bout Hamed had correctly predicted he would win in round 1. The next defence was an easy two-round win against a hugely outclassed Juan Gerardo Cabrera. Due to boxing politics involving the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Hamed was soon forced to relinquish the IBF title.

Hamed vs. Badillo

In Hamed’s hometown of Sheffield in October 1997, he produced one of the best performances of his career in defending his WBO title against Jose Badillo, whose corner entered the ring to stop the fight during round 7. Hamed’s status as one of the biggest draws in the sport was evident with a stellar undercard that included Joe Calzaghe vs. Chris Eubank for the world super middleweight title.[14]

Hamed vs. Kelley

In late 1997 Hamed made his heavily hyped U.S. debut. His ceremonious arrival on the British Airways Concorde was covered by multiple media outlets. There, he and former WBC title holder Kevin Kelley fought in a highly entertaining bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Prior to the fight, Kelley told Hamed, “I’m gonna smoke your boots”. This fight marks something of a watershed in Hamed’s career, as he was forced, for the first time, to abandon his hands-down style of fighting throughout the entire course of the bout, given the calibre of Kelley. Nonetheless, despite suffering three knockdowns himself, Hamed put Kelley down for a third and final time to win by a fourth-round knockout. This was his first of many fights on HBO.[15]

Other title defences

In 1998, Hamed enjoyed victories over former three-time WBA title holder and then-lineal champion Wilfredo Vazquez (TKO 7), former WBC bantamweight title holder Wayne McCullough (W 12), and future IBF title holder Paul Ingle (TKO 11; no relation to Hamed’s then-former trainer Brendan Ingle).

Hamed vs. Soto

In October 1999 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States, Hamed defeated WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto of Mexico over 12 rounds, adding the WBC title to his collection and unified the WBC & WBO titles. Hamed soon chose to relinquish his WBC title due to his commitment to being WBO champion.

Had Vazquez not been stripped by the WBA of his belt (the WBA did not want their featherweight title unified with the WBO), Hamed would have had the distinction of winning all four world titles in a division, something only Riddick Bowe had achieved by that point, at heavyweight.

Additionally, this fight marked the first occasion in which Hamed would have someone other than his usual trainer, Brendan Ingle, in his corner. Emanuel Steward was Hamed’s trainer for this bout.[16]

Hamed vs. Bungu

In March 2000 at Olympia, Kensington, London, Hamed knocked out former undefeated long-reigning IBF super bantamweight title holder, Vuyani Bungu of South Africa. The fight was ended with a single straight left hand, in one of Hamed’s most impressive performances and biggest victories.

Hamed vs. Sanchez

Hamed fought in August 2000 against Augie Sanchez at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Sanchez is known for being the last American to defeat Floyd Mayweather as an amateur boxer.[17]

Hamed successfully retained his WBO title for the fifteenth and final time against Sanchez via a devastating fourth-round knockout. Hamed broke his hand badly in the bout, and following surgery he spent half a year out of the gym, gaining 35 pounds in weight. Rather than face the unknown EBU Champion & WBO mandatory challenger István Kovács, Hamed relinquished his WBO title to pave the way for a Superfight with Marco Antonio Barrera.

Hamed vs. Barrera

It is true Hamed looked awful that night. His body, drained from losing two stones in eight weeks, amateurishly tossing around like a marionette – head flying one way, legs flopping the other – as Barrera worked him over. But to judge Hamed on that performance is like judging Laurence Olivier on Inchon. Remember he defended the WBO world title 15 times and also held the WBC and IBF belts. His record of 36‑1, with 31 knockouts, stands with the very best.

—Sean Ingle in The Guardian on Hamed’s record.[6]

Eight weeks prior to the fight, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 7 April 2001, Marco Antonio Barrera prepared to fight. Barrera had moved up a weight division. At the end of training camp he was in the best shape of his life. According to Sky Sports, Barrera had “trained like a monk” in Big Bear, California, while Hamed trained in Bing Crosby’s old house.[18] Emanuel Steward had arrived to oversee the last two weeks of Hamed’s training, including sparring, and was worried immediately.[12] He had seen Barrera look razor sharp only a few months before in a stoppage win in Las Vegas, and watched Hamed not take his sparring with young Mexicans seriously.[12] The fight was also for the International Boxing Organization World featherweight title.

Barrera handed Naseem Hamed his first and only loss for the lineal featherweight championship by a twelve-round decision. Before the fight, Hamed was a 3 to 1 betting favourite in Las Vegas.[19] Hamed could not hit Barrera with his trademark lefts as Barrera circled to his left and worked both head and body. Barrera was not a fan of Hamed’s antics and responded to Hamed’s punches during clinches. On one occasion early in the fight, Hamed grabbed Barrera and they both fell to the ground where Barrera threw a right jab, leading to a warning from referee Joe Cortez. In the 12th and final round Barrera trapped Hamed in a full-nelson and forced his head into the turnbuckle, resulting in a point deducted by referee Joe Cortez. Ultimately, Barrera threw more, harder punches and more impressive combinations than Hamed throughout the course of the fight. Barrera was awarded the victory via a unanimous decision, with the scorecards reading 115–112, 115–112, 116–111 and won the lineal and IBO featherweight titles.[20] The fight drew 310,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO.[21] It was the highest-grossing featherweight bout ever in the United States.[22]

Final fight vs. Calvo

On 18 May 2002 at London Arena, Docklands, London, Hamed returned to the ring for what turned out to be his final boxing match, against the European champion Manuel Calvo (33 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw) for the IBO World featherweight title.[23] Hamed was booed by the 10,000 fans as he won unconvincingly on points after 12 rounds looking sluggish and uninterested. The judges scored the fight 120-110 and 119-109 (twice).[24] In a post-fight interview with Ian Darke, Hamed assured a quick return to the ring, which ultimately never happened. Hamed was just 28 years old when he stopped fighting.[25] For years, Hamed did not confirm whether he had retired or not; there were talks of several fights in the UK and in the US, including Hamed’s brother and manager, Riath, speaking to HBO about a potential fight with Michael Brodie.

In an interview for BBC Radio Sportsweek, Hamed said that his retirement was largely due to chronic problems with his hands, including multiple fractures as well as surgery.[26]

Personal life

Hamed is a Muslim, and frequently recited the Takbir out loud before his fights.[27] Sean Ingle writes, “he was a proud Muslim who appealed to large chunks of working-class Britain. His last fight was watched by 11 million people on ITV.”[6]

By 1997, Hamed had an annual income of $14 million[28] (£8,548,914)[29] from fight purses and endorsements, ranking at number-22 on Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 1997.[28] By March 1999, his net worth was an estimated £38 million.[30] By January 2001, Hamed had reportedly amassed a fortune of £50 million[31] ($75,746,700).[32] He earned over $48.5 million from fight purses, including $8.5 million from his fight against Barrera.[33] Hamed was the second richest British boxer, after heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2003.[34]

Driving offences

On 31 March 2006 Hamed pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of dangerous driving in relation to a collision at Ringinglow Road in Sheffield on 2 May 2005, in which his McLaren-Mercedes SLR crossed a solid white line overtaking a Ford Mondeo and crashed head on into a Volkswagen Golf before hitting the Mondeo.[35] The Golf driver, Anthony Burgin, had fractures to “every major bone” and bruising to the brain; after multiple hospitalisations he was deemed unable ever to work again.[36] Burgin’s wife was also injured; Hamed was unhurt.[37][15] On 12 May 2006 Hamed was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment and 4 years’ disqualification from driving, after the court heard he had been trying to impress his passenger, businessman Asif Ayub.[37] The judge expressed astonishment that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency had refused “apparently on human rights grounds” to disclose Hamed’s four previous speeding offences, including a one-year ban for driving a Porsche at 110 mph on the M1 in Derbyshire.[37]

Hamed left prison on 4 September 2006 after serving 16 weeks, and was placed under Home Detention Curfew for the remainder of his sentence, monitored by an electronic tag.[36] After a recommendation from the Honours Forfeiture Committee, he was stripped of his MBE on 12 December 2006.[38] At a jury trial in March 2008, Anthony Burgin was cleared of dangerous driving in relation to an incident on 19 April 2007 involving Hamed’s wife Eleasha.[39]


Hamed was only 21 when he became the world champion by beating Steve Robinson in September 1995; two days later, Oasis released their album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? I always thought there was a neat symmetry between the two events. For while Hamed rode sidecar to the Cool Britannia era rather than sitting in the driver’s seat, his attitude was a snug fit for the times: cocky and swaggering, impervious to self-doubt.

—Sean Ingle in The Guardian on Hamed’s prominence in 1990s UK pop culture.[6]

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.”[40]

Moreover, commentators have pointed out that Hamed’s ability should have propelled him to achievements that would have given him legendary status, but that his noted dislike of the long hard training camps and long periods away from his family hindered this.[41]

As popular lower weight fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Kostya Tszyu moved into the mid-weight classes and the Mexican champion Julio César Chávez declined, Hamed and Arturo Gatti filled the void. Hamed’s boxing antics made him the new poster-boy for lighter-weight boxers and his charisma attracted a large number of fans. In 2002 the UK public voted Hamed’s victory over Kevin Kelley on the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.[42]

British boxing pundit Steve Bunce stated on 15 March 2008 edition of BBC panel show Fighting Talk that Hamed was the greatest British boxer of all time. World Boxing, a sister publication of The Ring magazine, ranked Hamed the 11th greatest British boxer of all-time, while Gareth A. Davies, boxing correspondent of The Telegraph ranked him 10th.[11] The Ring also ranked Hamed the 46th greatest puncher of all-time.[7]

Hamed was part of the 2015 class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[43] In 2016, ESPN ranked Hamed at number 22 on its list of the top 25 pound-for-pound fighters of the last 25 years.[10]

Cultural impact

Of Yemeni descent, Hamed featured in a 1995 Yemen postage stamp

Hamed is considered one of the most successful and influential British fighters. UK sports commentator Steve Bunce called him the “most influential fighter of my 35 years in the British boxing business”. According to boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, Hamed “opened the door” for British fighters as well as for boxers from lower weight divisions to earn significant prize money; his earnings were unprecedented for a featherweight. According to his boxing trainer nephew SugarHill Steward, Hamed’s “flair and skill and confidence” inspired “a generation” and “gave fighters over here a massive opportunity, the confidence to crack the American market.” HBO executive Lou DiBella compared his impact to that of Muhammad Ali, arguing that Hamed “changed boxing” and “redefined the fighter as a showman and an entertainer”.[44]

Hamed was an inspiration for a number of future combat sport world champions from Britain and Ireland,[44] including British boxers such as Amir Khan,[45] Kell Brook,[46] James DeGale,[47] and Tyson Fury,[48] as well as Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor.[49] Hamed also inspired top-ranked fighters such as Irish boxer Michael Conlan, and British boxing trainers who have trained world champions, such as Javan Steward, who trained Fury, and Ben Davison, who trained Fury, Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders.[44]

Hamed was referenced by hip-hop artist Nas in the song “You Won’t See Me Tonight”, with the lyrics “I can’t forget how I met you, you thought I was a boxer/ Prince Naseem, but I’m a mobster, Nas from Queens”. Hamed himself recorded a song with hip hop group Kaliphz called “Walk Like a Champion”, which reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart in 1996.[50]

Hamed had a licensed sports fighting game, Prince Naseem Boxing, published by Codemasters for the PlayStation console in 2000.[51] A portable version of the game was also released for the Game Boy Color, developed by Virtucraft, which later in 2002 developed a Mike Tyson based follow-up, Mike Tyson Boxing, for the Game Boy Advance.[52]

Hamed also inspired a character called Prince Naseem in Squaresoft’s fighting game Ehrgeiz, released in 1998. While called “Prince Naseem” in the original Japanese version, the character’s name was changed to “Prince Doza” in the Western versions.[53]

In the Japanese manga series Hajime no Ippo, the fictional American boxing champion Bryan Hawk is based on Naseem Hamed.[54]

In the Tamil movie Sarpatta Parambarai (2021), the boxing style of fictional character Dancing Rose, played by Shabeer Kallarakkal, is based on Naseem Hamed.[55]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
37 fights36 wins1 loss
By knockout310
By decision51
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
37Win36–1Spain Manuel CalvoUD1218 May 2002United Kingdom London Arena, London, EnglandWon vacant IBO featherweight title
36Loss35–1Mexico Marco Antonio BarreraUD127 Apr 2001United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, USFor vacant IBO featherweight title
35Win35–0United States Augie SanchezTKO4 (12), 2:3419 Aug 2000United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USRetained WBO featherweight title
34Win34–0South Africa Vuyani BunguTKO4 (12), 1:3811 Mar 2000United Kingdom London Olympia, London, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
33Win33–0Mexico César SotoUD1222 Oct 1999United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USRetained WBO featherweight title;
Won WBC featherweight title
32Win32–0United Kingdom Paul IngleTKO11 (12), 0:4510 Apr 1999United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
31Win31–0United Kingdom Wayne McCulloughUD1231 Oct 1998United States Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USRetained WBO featherweight title
30Win30–0Puerto Rico Wilfredo VázquezTKO7 (12), 2:2918 Apr 1998United Kingdom NYNEX Arena, Manchester, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
29Win29–0United States Kevin KelleyKO4 (12), 2:2719 Dec 1997United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USRetained WBO featherweight title
28Win28–0Puerto Rico Jose BadilloTKO7 (12), 1:3711 Oct 1997United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
27Win27–0Argentina Juan Gerardo CabreraTKO2 (12), 2:1719 Jul 1997United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, EnglandRetained IBF and WBO featherweight titles
26Win26–0United Kingdom Billy HardyTKO1 (12), 1:333 May 1997United Kingdom NYNEX Arena, Manchester, EnglandRetained IBF and WBO featherweight titles
25Win25–0United States Tom JohnsonTKO8 (12), 2:278 Feb 1997United Kingdom London Arena, London, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title;
Won IBF featherweight title
24Win24–0Argentina Remigio MolinaTKO2 (12)9 Nov 1996United Kingdom NYNEX Arena, Manchester, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
23Win23–0Mexico Manuel MedinaRTD11 (12), 3:0031 Aug 1996Republic of Ireland Point Theatre, Dublin, IrelandRetained WBO featherweight title
22Win22–0Puerto Rico Daniel AliceaTKO2 (12), 2:468 Jun 1996United Kingdom Telewest Arena, Newcastle, EnglandRetained WBO featherweight title
21Win21–0Nigeria Said LawalKO1 (12), 0:3516 Mar 1996United Kingdom Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, ScotlandRetained WBO featherweight title
20Win20–0United Kingdom Steve RobinsonTKO8 (12), 1:4030 Sep 1995United Kingdom Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, WalesWon WBO featherweight title
19Win19–0Colombia Juan Polo PerezKO2 (12), 2:001 Jul 1995United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, EnglandRetained WBC International super-bantamweight title
18Win18–0Mexico Enrique AngelesKO2 (12)6 May 1995United Kingdom Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, EnglandRetained WBC International super-bantamweight title
17Win17–0Argentina Sergio Rafael LiendoKO2 (12), 1:064 Mar 1995United Kingdom Forum, Livingston, ScotlandRetained WBC International super-bantamweight title
16Win16–0Mexico Armando CastroKO4 (12), 2:1121 Jan 1995United Kingdom Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, ScotlandRetained WBC International super-bantamweight title
15Win15–0Dominican Republic Laureano RamírezTKO3 (12), 2:4019 Nov 1994United Kingdom National Ice Rink, Cardiff, WalesRetained WBC International super-bantamweight title
14Win14–0Dominican Republic Freddy CruzTKO6 (12), 2:0312 Oct 1994United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, EnglandWon vacant WBC International super-bantamweight title
13Win13–0Italy Antonio PicardiTKO3 (12), 1:2617 Aug 1994United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, EnglandRetained European bantamweight title
12Win12–0Italy Vincenzo BelcastroUD1211 May 1994United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, EnglandWon European bantamweight title
11Win11–0Belgium John MiceliKO1 (10), 2:509 Apr 1994United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England
10Win10–0United Kingdom Peter BuckleyTKO4 (8), 1:4729 Jan 1994United Kingdom National Ice Rink, Cardiff, Wales
9Win9–0United Kingdom Chris ClarksonKO2 (8), 1:5024 Sep 1993Republic of Ireland National Basketball Arena, Dublin, Ireland
8Win8–0United Kingdom Kevin JenkinsTKO3 (6), 1:5826 May 1993United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England, England
7Win7–0United Kingdom Alan LeyKO2 (6)24 Feb 1993United Kingdom Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
6Win6–0United Kingdom Peter BuckleyPTS612 Nov 1992United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
5Win5–0United Kingdom Des GarganoKO4 (6)7 Oct 1992United Kingdom Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, England
4Win4–0United Kingdom Miguel MatthewsTKO3 (6), 1:0514 Jul 1992United Kingdom Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England
3Win3–0United Kingdom Andrew BloomerTKO2 (6), 0:4623 May 1992United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
2Win2–0United Kingdom Shaun NormanKO2 (6), 0:5525 Apr 1992United Kingdom G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England
1Win1–0United Kingdom Ricky BeardKO2 (6), 2:3614 Feb 1992United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England

Television viewership

21 January 1995Naseem Hamed vs. Armando CastroITVUnited Kingdom6,400,000[56]
4 March 1995Naseem Hamed vs. Sergio Rafael LiendoITVUnited Kingdom13,000,000[57]
19 July 1997Naseem Hamed vs. Juan Gerardo CabreraSky SportsUnited Kingdom831,000[58]
19 December 1997Naseem Hamed vs. Kevin KelleyHBOUnited States2,525,000[59]
2 May 1998Naseem Hamed vs. Wilfredo VázquezHBOUnited States2,550,000[60][61]
31 October 1998Naseem Hamed vs. Wayne McCulloughHBOUnited States3,200,000[60][62]
18 May 2002Naseem Hamed vs. Manuel CalvoSky SportsUnited Kingdom11,000,000[44]
Total known viewershipUnited Kingdom & United States41,604,000

Pay-per-view bouts

Naseem Hamed held the pay-per-view record in the United Kingdom up until he was surpassed by Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002.[a]

DateFightBillingNetworkCountryBuysRevenue (est.)Revenue (inflation) (est.)
9 November 1996Naseem Hamed vs. Remigio MolinaJudgement Night[63]Sky Box OfficeUnited Kingdom420,000[63][64]£25,000,000[63] ($40,940,875)[29]£48,000,000 ($68,000,000)
8 February 1997Naseem Hamed vs. Tom JohnsonNight of Champions[65]Sky Box OfficeUnited Kingdom720,000[64]£10,764,000[66] ($17,627,503)[29]£20,000,000 ($28,000,000)
3 May 1997Naseem Hamed vs. Billy HardyBrit Pack[67]Sky Box OfficeUnited Kingdom348,000[64]£5,202,600[66] ($8,519,960)[29]£10,000,000 ($14,000,000)
19 August 2000Naseem Hamed vs. Augie SanchezHamed vs. Sanchez[68]Sky Box OfficeUnited Kingdom300,000[69]£4,485,000[66] ($6,795,455)[70]£8,000,000 ($10,000,000)
7 April 2001Naseem Hamed vs. Marco Antonio BarreraPlaying With Fire[71]HBOUnited States310,000[21]$12,090,000[72] (£8,395,314)[73]$18,000,000 (£14,000,000)
Total known sales2,098,000£57,541,600 ($82,279,107)£94,000,000 ($127,000,000)

See also

  • List of world featherweight boxing champions
  • List of WBC world champions
  • List of IBF world champions
  • List of WBO world champions
  • List of IBO world champions
  • List of European Boxing Union bantamweight champions


  • Boxing record for Naseem Hamed from BoxRec (registration required)
  • Naseem Hamed profile at BBC
Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by

Vincenzo Belcastro
European bantamweight champion
11 May 1994 – April 1995

Title next held by

Johnny Armour


Title last held by

Sergio Rafael Liendo

WBC International
super-bantamweight champion

12 October 1994 – December 1995

Title next held by

Alfred Kotey

Minor world boxing titles

Title last held by

Marco Antonio Barrera

IBO featherweight champion
18 May 2002 – June 2003

Title next held by

Michael Brodie

Major world boxing titles
Preceded by

Steve Robinson
WBO featherweight champion
30 September 1995 – 5 October 2000

Title next held by

István Kovács

Preceded by

Tom Johnson
IBF featherweight champion
8 February 1997 – 29 August 1997

Title next held by

Héctor Lizárraga

Preceded by

César Soto
WBC featherweight champion
22 October 1999 – 9 January 2000

Title next held by

Guty Espadas Jr.

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