Boxing: Hamed turns to legend Steward
Thursday 08 April 1999
Steward, in town with Thomas Hearns, has trained 27 world champions including Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya. He is currently the top gun-for-hire in boxing training, a man generally brought in when there is a problem.
Suarez was the surprise choice to fill the vacancy created by the breakdown in relations between Hamed and the man who had trained him since childhood, Brendan Ingle. The New Jersey-based Suarez has little substantiated track record.
Steve Lott, part of the management behind the US-based Arab Omar Sheika, had trouble recalling Suarez. "He may have been Sheika's cut man," Lott offered. "He was with Sheika when Sheika was good," claimed Nabeel Hamed, brother of the Prince. Remembering that is problematical, also.
Hamed was openly impressed by the one-to-one fitness training of Dominic Ingle, son of Brendan, as he prepared to fight Wayne McCullough last Halloween. He has made similarly flattering comments regarding Suarez. However, Hamed's performance against McCullough was criticised.
Steward was taken on to mastermind Holyfield's rematch win against Riddick Bowe in 1993. And it was Steward who was employed by the Lewis camp following the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion's loss to Oliver McCall in 1994, Steward having trained McCall for that fight.
Whether Steward stays with Hamed remains to be seen. But the legendary trainer will come at a high price, at least the equivalent of the pounds 75,000 which was "too expensive" for Ingle's services. Suarez's fee will be far more competitive. But you get what you pay for.
Latest in Sport
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, Chelsea target Raheem Sterling, Manchester United want Benzema
Royal Rumble 2015: Watch The Rock return to the WWE to rescue Roman Reigns
Transfer talk: Chelsea plan shock move for Raheem Sterling; Real Madrid open to selling Karim Benzema; Spurs target £5m Danny Ings
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
£38000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's best performing...
£35000 - £43000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our award-winning client is one...
£15000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Atlas ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Opportunity to join established...