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Prince Naz believes he would have beaten Frampton and Warrington on the same night

Former featherweight flair fighter Prince Naseem Hamed believes he would have beaten Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington on the same night.

The Belfast and Leeds fighter have proven themselves as world level elite featherweight operators and go to battle for Warrington’s IBF world title – once held by Hamed – in Manchester on December 22nd.

Indeed Frampton is a former two weight world title holder with unification, Hall of Fame and all-time Irish great ambitions.Warrington and Frampton go head to head for the IBF world title on December 22

However the former unified featherweight world title holder believes neither would have troubled him in his pomp.

In fact the flamboyant and divisive protégé of the late, great Brendan Ingle claims he would have out done both in the same night.

“I found boxing so, so easy with incredible power, speed, and accuracy,” the 44-year-old began when asked by Boxing Social about how he’d fare against the pair.

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“For me personally? Probably both of them on the same night,” added the Sheffield boxer who outpointed Frampton’s hero Wayne McCullough 20 years ago.

“That’s not disrespecting them, I love them, they’re nice kids, I’ve met Carl. I’m just saying it the way I am. Everybody knows – I’m not just blowing my own trumpet – I’m a one-off.”

“It would be very, very hard for [them] to compete on that level. I keep hearing about ‘levels’ and there really is,” Naz continued. “I set the bar too high, up to a point that you probably can’t even see it!”

“But listen, this is their day, that was my day, that day is gone.”

In terms of the Warrington-Frampton fight itself, Hamed is excited.

The British boxing legend described how “that’s going to be a great fight.”

“The one thing I’ve seen of Warrington is what he did to Selby and Selby is a great fighter – or was a great fighter, or maybe still is a great fighter. But the thing is, Warrington absolutely destroyed him in a certain way.”

I just see that Yorkshire man, from Leeds, I’m very proud of that. He came through with so much in the way that he wanted it, he wanted it bad, he must have trained very, very hard, and he did a job on Selby.”

“When it comes to Frampton, Frampton’s a great fighter and he’s done amazing things – beating [Leo] Santa Cruz.”

“It should be an amazing fight and I’m probably going to be there ringside, this is my old belt so it will be nice to be there and see who takes that.”

Watch Prince Naseem’s interview with Boxing Social in full below:


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com