Prince Naseem Hamed ‘rents £1.4m townhouse next to Queen’

Prince Naseem Hamed doesn’t look like a featherweight boxing star these days, but he’s found a way to continue to live up to his royal moniker.

Hamed, 48, held multiple world titles during a 10-year professional career and is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound British fighters of all time. He retired with a 36-1 record, his only loss in 2001 when he was edged out by Mexican Marco Barrera.

Hamed’s appearance these days suggests he’s not aiming for a comeback anytime soon, certainly not at featherweight level anyway. The Sheffield-born star has gained weight since hanging up the gloves in 2002 after a laborious win over Manuel Calvo.

But the man who has earned over £40m in fight purses clearly hasn’t blown his fortune. According to The sun, he is currently renting a £1.4million townhouse backing onto Windsor Castle, fittingly making the ‘prince’ a neighbor to the queen.

Hamed was reportedly recently spotted in the area wondering about a shopping trip, while walking his pet dog. But a witness said he no longer had the problem of being harassed by adoring fans.

“He was known for his punch and his showmanship, but now hardly anyone recognizes him.” Referring to the location of his home, he cheekily added, “But it’s good to see Prince Naseem living in the shadow of proper royalty.”

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Prince Naseem Hamed punches Kevin Kelley in Madison Square Garden in 1997

For all his greatness in the ring, Hamed’s reputation was badly tarnished in 2006 when he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after being involved in a collision. The incident left Anthony Burgin, who was driving the other vehicle, with multiple injuries.

As a result, Hamed was sentenced to 15 months in jail and a four-year driving ban, after the court heard he had tried to impress his passenger, businessman Asif Ayub. However, he left prison after serving 16 weeks and was placed under house arrest curfew for the remainder of his sentence.

However, as of 2015, he was still inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. About three years later, he publicly feuded with Chris Eubank Jr after his loss to George Groves.

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