Prince Naseem Hamed’s son Aadam looks set to follow his legendary dad into professional boxing.
Aadam Hamed – whose famous dad once tipped him as a future tennis – has posted pictures and videos of himself in the gym with his dad, putting himself through his pace with the skipping rope and speedball.
The pictures have sparked speculation that the 20-year-old lightweight is set to turn pro – like his dad Prince Naseem did at 18.
‘Naz’ is regarded as Britain’s greatest ever featherweight, having won multiple world championships from 1995 through to 2003.
With his maverick style and 35 straight wins, he was hugely popular with boxing fans.
So his son has a tough act to follow – but he has been backed by promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren.
“I’ve not seen him fight but it’s a great story,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Conor Benn, with us, has been fantastic and Chris Eubank Jr has been great entertainment over the years.
“Naz’s son? Let’s see what he’s got. It’s hard for anybody to follow in the footsteps of a successful father – I’ve had to do it, as well.
“You’re always Barry Hearn’s son or Nigel Benn’s son or Chris Eubank’s son until you do well and you make them become Eddie Hearn’s dad or Conor Benn’s dad.
“I wish him all the best.”
Warren, who worked with Naz throughout his iconic featherweight reign, has high hopes for Hamed Jr.
“If he has his old man’s ability, then he should be okay,” said Warren.
“I hope it is. He’s a nice lad. I spoke to Naz and I hope he does [repeat history].
“He was a promising tennis player at one stage!”
Hamed Snr held the WBO title from 1995 to 2000; the IBF title in 1997, and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000.
He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001; the IBO champion from 2002 to 2003; and held the European bantamweight title from 1994 to 1995.
He was finally beaten in 2001 by Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera, and went on to fight once more before he retired, beating Manuel Calvo.