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Reformed Hide is a changed man

Herbie Hide
Hide is currently fifth in the WBC rankings

Herbie Hide has promised to be on his best behaviour as he goes in search of the world cruiserweight title.

The 37-year-old has had several brushes with the law and recently completed a 60-hour community service order.

His stoppage of Latvian Aleksejs Kosobokovs at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday saw a rapturous reception from the home crowd, which Hide appreciated.

"I know in Norwich I haven't been an angel, but you better get used to me, I'm gonna be here forever," he said.

Next year there'll be a world championship, you won't be getting me with the police any more

Herbie Hide
Hide had been unsure what to expect on his entry to the ring for his first fight in Norwich for a decade, just a matter of yards from his front door, but he received a rousing welcome.

"I think they love me anyway, just like any relationship it has problems, but with my family around me, I just want to thank everyone," he said.

His aim now is to take the vacant WBC world cruiserweight crown, and to follow the example of his former youth boxing coach Ronnie Brooks, and fitness trainer Neil Featherby.

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"Next year there'll be a world championship, you won't be getting me with the police any more.

"I'll be showing a perfect example, I'll be doing things with Ronnie, with Neil, going to places, I'm gonna do that," he said.



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