posted on May, 20 2003 @ 11:59 AM
Naseem Hamed's former promoter Frank Warren believes the Sheffield fighter is unlikely to ever return to the ring.
The 29-year-old has been out of action for 12 months since a lacklustre points win over Manuel Calvo in London last May.
Before that he had taken just over another year out to recover from his first professional loss to Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas.
The former IBF, WBC and WBO featherweight champion has repeatedly put on hold a proposed clash with Manchester's Michael Brodie and now Warren fears
we have seen the last of the Prince.
"I don't think he'll fight again," Warren told Sky Sports News. "I don't think his heart's in it.
"He's comfortable, he's made a lot of money, he spends a lot of time with his family and he doesn't need to fight.
"If he does fight again now he'll be under a lot of scrutiny and a lot of people will be asking if he's still got it - he didn't look like he still
had it in his last fight."
Hamed can boast 17 successful world title fights among his 36 wins, but Warren feels the big-punching Yorkshireman never quite fulfilled his enormous
He added: "I think at one stage he was the most exciting fighter that I'd ever been involved with and I do believe 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."