“If he has his old man’s ability, then he should be OK.”
Seems the royal boxing crown will be passed on as Prince Naseem Hamed’s son Aadam announced he will become a professional boxer.
Aadam Hamed – whose famous dad once tipped him as a future tennis, has posted pictures and videos of himself in the gym with his dad, putting himself through his pace with the skipping rope and speedball.
With the well-wishes of promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, Aadam, aged 20, is set to follow in the footsteps of ‘Naz’, the former world featherweight champion who lit up British boxing in the 1990s.
“I’ve not seen him fight but it’s a great story,” said Hearn as the latest offspring of boxing royalty gets into the ring.
“Conor Benn, with us, has been fantastic and Chris Eubank Jr has been great entertainment over the years.
“Naz’s son? Let’s see what he’s got! It’s hard for anybody to follow in the footsteps of a successful father – I’ve had to do it, as well!
“You’re always Barry Hearn’s son or Nigel Benn’s son or Chris Eubank’s son until you do well and you make them become Eddie Hearn’s dad or Conor Benn’s dad.
“I wish him all the best.”
Warren, who promoted Hamed, added: “If he has his old man’s ability, then he should be OK.”
Asked if history could repeat itself for the Hamed legacy, Warren said: “I hope it is. He’s a nice lad. I spoke to Naz and I hope he does [repeat history].
“He was a promising tennis player at one stage!”
Prince Naz turned professional in 1992, aged 18 and ‘Naz’ is regarded as Britain’s greatest ever featherweight, having won multiple world championships from 1995 through to 2003.
He won 35 straight fights while picking up unified titles at featherweight, but he was finally derailed in 2001 losing to Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera.
Hamed would fight once more after his first loss, beating Manuel Calvo, but retired straight after having one of the most celebrated careers in Britain through his slick and unorthodox style and maverick persona.