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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 November 2005, 17:38 GMT
Hamed can regain crown - Steward
Naseem Hamed and Emanuel Steward
Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward wants to help former charge Naseem Hamed regain his world championship crown.

Sheffield's former world featherweight champion Hamed, 31, is proposing a return to the ring next year following more than three years out of boxing.

Steward said: "I would definitely consider working with him. If we could agree on the method of his training I would not pass that up.

"I've only got fond memories of him. He can be world champion again."

Steward, who also trained Thomas Hearns and Lennox Lewis at his renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit, handled Hamed between 1999 and 2001.

The pair parted company following Hamed's first and only defeat at the hands of Marco Antonio Barrera and accusations from Steward that Hamed had been neglecting training.

But Steward says he is still on good terms with Hamed and that, with careful management, they could plot a course towards another world title.

My advice to Naseem is to stay retired and enjoy your life
Former world champion Barry McGuigan

Steward said: "It has to be done properly and delicately. A lot of guys come back but they don't come back the proper way, they rush into it. And you have to be careful about the opponents.

"It depends on how he's going to approach training. When he did train he trained extremely well, he's a good trainer.

"For the Barrera fight he was training without sparring because the other trainer [co-trainer Oscar Suarez] had him convinced he didn't have to do that.

"If he trains hard, I don't think it will take him more than three months (to be ready)."

In contrast, former world champion Barry McGuigan believes Hamed should shelve plans to return to the ring.

McGuigan told BBC Radio Five Live: "My advice to Naseem is to stay retired and enjoy your life.

"It's very difficult to go back and recapture that hunger again. He can maybe get into shape but it is a different thing being fighting fit.

"He earned a fortune, he has a safe amount of money and has a comfortable existence."

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