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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 May 2003, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Naseem Hamed's career in pictures

Hamed celebrates winning his first world title in Cardiff in 1995

Hamed wins the WBO featherweight title in 1995, knocking out champion Steve Robinson at Cardiff Arms Park in the eighth round

Naseem poses with his WBO featherweight belt after beating Said Lawal

Naseem was even more dominant during his first title defence, knocking out Nigerian Said Lawal in just 35 seconds

Hamed enters the ring in his own inimitable style

Naseem Hamed's entrances into the ring soon became as notable as his opponents exits from it

Naseem Hamed plays up to the crowd

Some found his antics annoying, but few could argue while Hamed was backing up his boasts with his performances in the ring

Naseem Hamed celebrates his win over Tom Johnson in 1997

Hamed captured the IBF title in 1997 after a comprehensive eight-round win over Tom Johnson

Hamed stands over the defeated Kevin Kelley in New York

He arrived in America with a bang, knocking out Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden in 1997 and thrilling the US audience

Hamed arrives in the ring via a flying carpet

As the wins kept coming so did the bravado, often accompanied by increasingly ridiculous ring entrances

Hamed knocks out Wilfredo Vazquez in 1998

1998 saw victories over Wilfredo Vazquez and Wayne McCullough, but out of the ring Hamed split with his trainer and promoter

Marco Antonio Barrera dishes out some punishment to Naseem Hamed in 2001

In 2001 highly-rated Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera outclassed Hamed to end his unbeaten record in Las Vegas

Naseem Hamed unimpressively outpoints Spaniard Manuel Calvo in London

Hamed's comeback was low key - he was far from convincing in a points win over Manuel Calvo and his future remains unclear

Naseem Hamed
30 Apr 03 |  Boxing

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