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Few will believe it unless it actually happens, but former featherweight stat Prince Naseem Hamed has once vowed to return to the ring. The Sheffield, England based showman said he wants to fight in the Middle East this summer.
The former WBC, WBO and IBF champion at 9stone (126lbs) has not fought since his dreadful 12 round performance against Manuel Calvo in May of 2002 despite continued statements that his careers is not over.
Hamed had a good fight with contender Michael Brodie all agreed but continued to postpone the fight all the way through 2003 until co-promoter Barry Hearn came to the conclusion that Naz had lost all interest in the sport.
However, the Prince is now 30 and has fought but twice since the summer of 2000. His one-sided defeat against Marco Antonio Barrera in April 2001 seemed to all but destroy his once unshakable confidence, and in his last three or four bouts previous to that there were signs that his speed and reflexes were on the wane.
Former world featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed has set tongues wagging once again by claiming he will be making a comeback in the Middle East.
Hamed, once the darling of the 9st division, lost his unbeaten record and his aura of invincibility against Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera in the heat of Las Vegas in the summer of 2001.
The devout Muslim has since shied away from the public eye, fighting just once more when claiming a points victory over the moderate Manuel Calvo in May 2002.