WATCH: Boxing royalty at Bramall Lane: make way for Naseem Hamed

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Security was tight.

If you don't have the right accreditation and fancy pass draped around your neck you're not coming in.
No pass - no entry to ringside at the Kell Brook v Errol Spence Jr fight at Bramall Lane last weekend.
Unless ofcourse you are boxing royalty.
'Prince' Naseem Hamed arrived without official paperwork and laminated card, but was welcomed by the burly security guards like a long-lost brother.
While there had been no chair set aside for the one time multiple world championships ruler, one was found pretty sharpish.
The only delay to his passage was to pause for selfies with muscular admirers.
Once in the inner circle, his initial seating was soon upgraded to a place next to Sky TV colour commentator Carl Froch, and he was ushered into the ring to address the 26,000 fans before Brook and Spence collided.
It is fair to say Naz doesn't look much like the impish featherweight who transformed boxing and made the Ingle gym a world wide name.
But most of the boxing crowd still in Sheffield still revere him - and the fans and stewards at Sheffield United's ground certainly vocally got behind him.
The 43-year-old, who retired in 2002, was seen motioning Brook to come forward during the fight.
His influence couldn't help Brook, whom Hamed revealed was the first to start flamboyant back-flips at the Wincobank gym.
The fight ended in the 11th round with a TKO win for the American visitor.

Ringside, Naz slips back into the groove

Ringside, Naz slips back into the groove

And then Naz, not seen around his old Sheffield stomping ground much these days, disappeared into the night.

Hamed and Carl Froch

Hamed and Carl Froch

Boxing royalty at the Lane

Boxing royalty at the Lane