Promoter Dennis Hobson backs Sheffield’s Waleed Din to emulate boxing legend ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed

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At the height of his powers, ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed was WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and is rated as one of the finest fighters this country, never mind Sheffield, has ever produced.

But Waleed Din could be better.

That is the bold claim of Dennis Hobson, who signed the youngster ahead of his professional debut last month in Sheffield. The Sheffield Lane Top prospect won the prestigious ABA amateur title last year, and began his professional adventure by beating Mikheil Soloninkini at the Octagon Centre.

“I don’t want to build him up to be shot down, but Waleed excites me,” Hobson said.

“He’s probably the best prospect I’ve ever signed. He could be the next coming of Naz [Naseem Hamed], but with a bit more humility!

“He made his pro debut recently and looked special. He’s a class act and because of his weight category [flyweight] we’re going to have to hold him back. I’ve told BoxNation about him already, though, because he’s going to light up the division.”

“I can’t wait for this journey to begin,” Din said after signing with Hobson.

“I’ve not come this far to be your average boxer... I’m here to go all the way.

“If I didn’t think I had the ability to do that, then I wouldn’t bother with boxing.”

Meanwhile, Keel England boxers Jake Exley and Connor Firth endured a win and a loss on a show in South Normanton. Barnsley lad Exley, 18, beat home fighter Jack Corcoran while Firth went down to a decision loss against Max Newland, also from the home club. Wath’s Micky’s Athletic BC host their club show tomorrow night in West Melton. Doors open at the Albert Road WMC at 7pm with tickets on the door.