British boxer Prince Naseem Hamed during the practice. - Gulf News Archives

1997 - Britain’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) featherweight champion ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed turned on a superb display of thunderous jabbing to outclass Puerto Rico’s Jose Badillo and retain his crown in Sheffield. Hamed successfully completed his eighth defence of his title by stopping the 27-year-old southpaw in the seventh round of a scheduled 12-round contest. Badillo, who had soaked up tremendous punishment, was finally saved when the referee stopped the contest as Hamed tore in with a series of bruising combinations. After Hamed had made his usual spectacular entrance, he went clinically to work using a jab he had under-employed in previous defences. Very soon Badillo’s face was swollen and bruised but he survived the expected third-round onslaught.

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