Activities Sports & Athletics Boxer 'Prince' Naseem Hamed's Record Share PINTEREST Email Print Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Boxing Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Andrew Eisele Andrew Eisele is a boxing writer who has covered the sport for Time, Inc. He also hosts TV and radio sports talk shows. our editorial process Andrew Eisele Updated March 27, 2018 Naseem Hamed, nicknamed "Prince" and "Naz," is a retired professional boxer from Great Britain who fought from 1992 to 2002. He was known for both his stellar fight record in multiple weight classes and his flamboyant persona and antics in the ring. Early Life Born in Great Britain to parents who had immigrated from Yemen, Hamed (born Feb. 12, 1974) grew up in Sheffield, England. He became involved in youth boxing at an early age, and it quickly became apparent that Hamed had a special talent. By the time he was 18, he had turned pro and was fighting in the flyweight division. Boxing Career Hamed won his first title in 1994, defeating Vincenzo Belcastro to take the European bantamweight belt. That same year, he also claimed the WBC International Super-Bantamweight title by defeating Freddy Cruz. Hamed would successfully defend his WBC title six times during the course of his career. Hamed's future looked bright. In 1995, despite the objections of some, Hamed was allowed to fight in the World Boxing Organization's featherweight division, although he hadn't previously done so. This allowed Hamed to challenge reigning champ, Steve Robinson. Hamed beat the Welsh boxer in eight rounds, claiming the featherweight belt and becoming the youngest British fighter to become world champion. He was just 21 years old. Over the next seven years, Hamed would successfully defend his featherweight title 16 times. As his fame grew, so did his antics. Hamed dubbed himself "Prince," the name emblazoned in bold letters across the waistband of his flamboyantly pattered boxing trunks, while fans and sportswriters called him "Naz." Hamed would regularly somersault over the ropes of the ring, and staged a series of elaborate entries. For one match, he descended from the rafters aboard a flying carpet. For another match, he arrived sitting atop the back of a convertible. In yet another fight, Naseem entered to the sounds of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," mimicking the performer's famous moves. By 2000, Prince Naseem Hamed was considered one of the best boxers of his generation. In August of that year, he successfully defended his featherweight title against Augie Sanchez. But Hamed fractured his hand during the match, forcing him to take time off. When he returned the following year, Hamed had put on 35 pounds. His next target was a Superfight against the up-and-coming Mexican featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera. The match, held in Las Vegas on April 7, 2001, did not go well for Hamed. He lost to Barrera in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. It was Hamed's first loss. He fought only once more, winning the International Boxing Organization's featherweight title in 2002 before retiring. In 2015, Hamed was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Overall Fight Record "Prince" Naseem Hamed retired in 2002 with a record of 36 wins, 1 loss, and 31 knockouts. Here's a year-by-year breakdown: 1992Apr. 14: Ricky Beard, Mansfield, England, KO 2Apr. 25: Shaun Norman, Manchester, England, TKO 2May 23: Andrew Bloomer, Birmingham, England, TKO 2July 14: Miguel Matthews, Mayfield, England, TKO 3Oct. 7: Des Gargano, Sunderland, England, KO 4Nov. 12: Pete Buckley, Liverpool, England, W 6 1993Feb. 24: Alan Ley, Wembley, England, KO 2May 26: Kevin Jenkins, Mansfield, England, TKO 3Sep. 24: Chris Clarkson, Dublin, Ireland, KO 2 1994Jan. 29: Peter Buckley, Cardiff, Wales, TKO 4Apr. 9: John Miceli, Mansfield, England, KO 1May 11: Vincenzo Belcastro, Sheffield, England, W 12Aug. 17: Antonio Picarde, Sheffield, England, TKO 3Oct. 12: Freddie Cruz, Sheffield, England, TKO 6Nov. 19: Laureano Ramirez, Cardiff, Wales, TKO 3 1995Jan. 21: Armando Castro, Glasgow, Scotland, TKO 4Mar. 4: Sergio Liendo, Livingston, Scotland, KO 2May 6: Enrique Angeles, Shepton Mallet, England, KO 2July 1: Juan Polo-Perez, Kensington, England, KO 2Sep. 30: Steve Robinson, Cardiff, Wales, KO 8 1996Mar. 16: Said Lawal, Glasgow, Scotland, KO 1June 8: Daniel Alicea, Newcastle, England, KO 2Aug. 31: Manual Medina, Dublin, Ireland, TKO 11Nov. 9: Remigio Molina, Manchester, England TKO 2 1997Feb. 6: Tom Johnson, London, England, TKO 8(Won IBF featherweight title)May 3: Billy Hardy, Manchester, England, TKO 1(Retained IBF featherweight title)July 19: Juan Cabrera, London, England, TKO 2Oct. 11: Jose Badillo, Sheffield, England, TKO 7Dec. 19: Kevin Kelley, New York City, KO 4 1998Apr. 18: Wilfredo Vazquez, Manchester, England, TKO 7Oct. 31: Wayne McCullough, Atlantic City, W 12 1999Apr. 10: Paul Ingle, Manchester, England, TKO 11Oct. 22: Cesar Soto, Detroit, W 12(Captured WBC featherweight title) 2000Mar. 11: Vuyani Bungu, London, England, KO 4Aug. 19: Augie Sanchez, Mashantucket, Connecticut, KO 4 2001Apr. 7: Marco Antonio Barrera, Las Vegas, Nevada, L 12 2002May 18: Manuel Calvo, London, England, W 12 Sources Nguyen, Joe. 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