Former world champion Prince Naseem Hamed has spoken out regarding the recent passing of trainer Brendan Ingle.
Reaching the glittering stage of US PPV during his career at the lower weights, Hamed wowed crowds on both sides of the Atlantic under the guidance of Ingle, who died last week at the age of 77.
In a statement obtained by ITV, Hamed said: “The 25th of May was a very sad day for me, the Ingle family and Sheffield as a whole.
“It was especially upsetting for me as I spent a large part of my early life and formative years guided by Brendan, in fact, during many of those years I spent more time with Brendan than my own family.
“I had an unbelievable and amazing time, created by Brendan, and I will never forget how Brendan laid the foundations for my boxing career, making me the fighter I became.
“Brendan brought something amazing to the sport of boxing and will be sorely missed by all who have had the pleasure of his company over the years.
“During my career there were times we were inseparable and I can honestly say that if it were not for Brendan Ingle I would not have achieved all I did in the sport of boxing. I hope in the years to come Brendan will be honoured, as I have, in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
“Teaching his concept of boxing, hit and don’t get hit, producing five world champions, Brendan was a true innovator putting Sheffield boxing on the map, with Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham he started it, I completely mastered it and the rest will always be mere pretenders.
“I wish to pass on my respects and condolences to the Ingle Family and all Brendan’s friends at this difficult time.”