Former world champion Naseem Hamed wants to see Amir Khan have a change of heart and face Sheffield’s Kell Brook.
The former Ingle legend, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in Canastota, New York State, this weekend recognises that Khan’s priority is facing Floyd Mayweather, saying he’d give the American “a harder fight than his last 10 opponents.”
But Sheffield-born Hamed, 41, says “I want to see Amir fight Kell Brook and I want that to be an all-British bash at Wembley. I don’t see why Amir is overlooking Kell Brook. You’ve got a world champion on your doorstep with a legitimate belt in your weight category. People in this country want to see who is the best.”
Naz’s reputation in his home city is mixed: most in the boxing community revere his talent, others wanted nothing to do with him after he was jailed for a driving offence which caused serious injury. He is said to have property in Dubai. Naz has three sons: a tennis player, an actor and a model.
Hamed, who lives in Wentworth, Surrey, fell out with Brendan Ingle, the legendary Wincobank coach who developed his career.
“I want to see Brendan and say sorry for the nasty things I said about him, because I am so grateful for the things he did for me” Hamed said in the Daily Telegraph.
He told reporter Garteh Davies: “There’s no regrets but you always think why the hell am I not fighting. I miss it a lot. But I’m happy. I’m content with what I did in my career. There are a lot of fighters who were better than me that got knocked out, got stopped and stayed in the game too long and deteriorated in the game and got mental scars. That never happened to me. I never got knocked out. I don’t know the feeling.
“To come out at the age of 28 and know that you had one loss on points, and the only reason you suffered that loss was because the fight was taken too soon in terms of losing two and a half stone in weight, in eight weeks. It was virtually impossible. But I made it and I still fought and I still got that big cheque. The one thing we fight for is the prize. The thing that motivates us is money. A lot of fighters do come back because of money. Well, thank God, I’m secure and I didn’t need to come back for that reason.”
The featherweight was beaten by Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas in 2001, his first defeat in 36 outings.