Why Naseem Hamed smacked Chris Eubank in the mouth during incredible airport bust-up after taunting him following Joe Calzaghe defeat

Prince Naseem Hamed and Chris Eubank were once involved in an amazing punch-up at Heathrow airport.

Hundreds of stunned passengers watched on as the pair came to blows, with legendary promoter Frank Warren on hand to stop the scrap getting ugly after Eubank received a busted lip.

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Prince Naseem Hamed was one of the most entertaining British boxers in history
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Hamed, a former featherweight world champion, was a superstar at his boxing pomp and captured the imagination of boxing fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

His athleticism, superior speed and power meant he cleaned out opposition fighters with consummate ease and the Sheffield-native rightly has a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Despite his ferocious power, what made ‘Nas’ so respected was his fearlessness and ability to block out pressure – perhaps no better exemplified than in his fights on foreign soil against Steve Robinson and Kevin Kelley.

And during a discussion with Warren on his ‘Heavyweight‘ podcast, the pair recalled the time Hamed clashed with fellow British icon Eubank.

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Chris Eubank is a British boxing great and deserves to be remembered for exactly that
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Heading to a WBO conference, Warren was forced to separate the pair at a check-in desk at Heathrow.

Hamed revealed: “He had just been beat by Joe Calzaghe in Sheffield, on my undercard!

“So I remember, all I said was just these simple little words; ‘Chris, do you like me belts?’

“Well obviously he just lost it! They were the only words that came out of my mouth, I swear to God.

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The flashy operator from the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield had substance and style
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“I said, ‘Do you like my belts Chris?’ and he went bananas mate! I couldn’t believe it – he got hold of my IBF belt and he slung it.

“He didn’t just throw it, he slung it down one side of the airport and then got my other belt and slung it in the other direction! And I just thought ‘What?’”

Eubank himself was a ferocious fighter, irrespective of the caricature of himself he may present these days.

The former two-weight world champion loved to fight, but even he shirked at the challenge of Hamed.

‘Prince’ continued: “He came squaring up and I said ‘I’m ready to smash you’ and I remember clear as day he said to me ‘I will slap you’.

“And I thought he was going to do a move and he didn’t and I end up throwing the right hand, but I barely touched him – I just caught him in his mouth.

“And he looked at Frank and he said to Frank, ‘He has cut my lip.’ But Frank is right, if he had let me at him, oh gosh. But we get on now!”

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