One time Sheffield boxing icon Naseem Hamed hopes Kell Brook will adopt a more ruthless streak - starting on Saturday in his Arena match-up with tough Ukranian Vyacheslav Senchenko
Hamed - a rare media commentator after quitting Sheffield years ago - is calling for the next generation of Ingle fighters to punch their way to the very top like he did.
The former featherweight ruler, 39, rates the chances of Brook and Kid Galahad when it comes to emulating his achievements and becoming world champions. But Hamed wants Brook to show off his power and killer instinct. “Kell is potentially the hardest puncher out of Sheffield. I’d just prefer it if, when he sees that the opponent is ready to be knocked out, that he did it,” said Hamed. “He’s not a really good finisher yet but they will be working on that. People like to see knockouts.”
There is a more natural comparison between Naz and Galahad, who campaigns just a weight lower than what Hamed did in his pomp. They are both Yemeni in heritage and switch-hitter Galahad has some of Hamed’s flair. “I think he’s brilliant. To be British champion is an achievement and to stop a fight in the later rounds like he did last time (v James Dickens) is what people want to see,” declared Hamed. “They used to say - and I used to think - that he couldn’t crack an egg too, but when you’re so accurate and quick it can feel like crazy power. Our parents are close and I’m proud of him for what he’s doing for himself and his Yemeni roots.”
Hamed also hinted that his involvement in boxing may not be over just yet. He briefly managed Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson but his next venture may be closer to home. “Who’s to say that one day I won’t open a Prince Naseem boxing school of excellence in Sheffield? That’s something that I’d love to do,” he added.
Hamed, along with former stablemates Johnny Nelson, Herol Graham, Brook and Galahad are to attend a function to raise money for the British Brain Tumour Trust next month. “It’s a great cause, I’d love to help. God willing I’ll be able to attend and I’d be proud to be a part of it,” added Hamed.
The event ‘Lets KO Cancer Together’ will be held at Fitzwilliam and West restaurant on November 8.