From Conor Benn to Chris Eubank Jr, here is boxing’s bunch of fighting sonsjuin 30, 2020
Prince Naseem Hamed dazzled the boxing world with his lightning fists and even more eye-catching ring entrances more than two decades ago.
Now it is the turn of his son, Aadam, 20, who is set to follow in the footsteps of his flashy father after announcing that he will be turning professional.
‘I’ve not seen him fight but it’s a great story,’ said boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. ‘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.’
The Hameds aren’t the first to keep it in the family, though; Floyd Mayweather, Marvis Frazier, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Ronald Hearns and Cory Spinks are probably the most well-known examples of fighting sons who emulated their fathers by stepping into a prizefighter’s ring.
From the son of one of Britain’s most ferocious world champions ever to a world-title prospect whose father was a pound-for-pound star, Sportsmail take a look at the fighting sons with big boots to fill.
Aadam Hamed – Prince Nasem Hamed’s son
Prince Nasem Hamed is boxing royalty and one of the sport’s greatest showmen who dazzled fans with his flamboyant style to become one of Britain’s first pay-per-view stars.
Hamed, who had risen from Yemeni roots, via Sheffield’s fabled Ingle gym, would demoralise and dumbfound his opponents with feints, ferocious power and yo-yo reflexes.
He was a unified featherweight champion who looked unbeatable before Marco Antonio Barrera inflicted his first defeat in 2001.
Prince Naseem Hamed’s son Aadam showed off his skills recently and is looking at turning pro
Prince Nasem would fight one more time afterwards as his career came to an abrupt end when he was still just 28.
His skills seem to have been passed down and picked up by his son Aadam, who showed off his natural talent when hitting the speed bag earlier this month.
Hamed had a brilliant career and went down as one of one of the sport’s greatest showmen
Naz previously admitted he didn’t want any of his children to step foot in a ring but the 20-year-old now has a future in the sport. If he proves to be even half the fighter his father was, he’ll do well.
Aadam is set to fight at lightweight when his professional career begins – but it could have all been so different. Frank Warren, who used to promote his father, has revealed the 20 year-old was once a promising tennis player.
Conor Benn – Nigel Benn’s son
Slowly but surely, Conor Benn is showing why his dad’s old nickname ‘The Destroyer’ seems to suit him.
His father Nigel was one of the most familiar faces in boxing on these shores during the 1990s and finished his career as a two-time and two-weight world champion.
He was an unruly, aggressive fighter who was involved in some of the most brutal and entertaining fights seen in modern times, and is best remembered for his fierce rivalry with Chris Eubank Sr.
Conor Benn has shown he holds power in both fists just like his dad did in his fighting days
Conor has a lot to live up to as his father Nigel was one of Britain’s greatest world champions
Conor the son is similar in style. He is just as unrefined and shares his father’s penchant for a brawl.
The 23-year-old decided to take this path in life at late notice and has hardly any amateur experience. For that reason, his career is still in its infancy as he learns the ropes on the job.
He has won all of his 16 fights at welterweight, 11 of which have come by knockout, but is yet to breach British level. At times, Benn can look wild and ragged but he carries serious power and has a determined personality.
How far he can go seems to be anyone’s guess. What is indisputable is that his father has set a tough act to follow.
Chris Eubank Jr – Chris Eubank Sr’s son
There was a time when Chris Eubank Jr carried more baggage, when the pressure and expectation weighed heavier on those broad, shuffling shoulders.
Right from day dot, Chris Senior had spread the word that his son was special and would one day surpass his achievements in the ring.
Given he had been one of Britain’s finest world champions who had had an illustrious career, there was a fair amount of anticipation about Chris, the second coming.
His prediction is yet to come true. While Eubank Jr has established himself as a world-level operator, his career has not really taken flight with setback defeats against Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves, and a failure to settle in one weight division the primary explanations.
Chris Eubank Jr was tipped for greatness by his father but is yet to achieve as much as him
Eubank Sr was involved in one of the most famous boxing rivalries in Britain with Nigel Benn
Eubank fights with the same intensity and grit as Chris Sr and christens every fight by imitating his father with a flip over the top rope. In the eyes of boxing’s hardcore fans, Eubank is yet to win a legitimate world title, having only ever held the IBO and WBA interim belts.
At 30, Eubank is in his peak years and has just linked up with future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr – which has been generally received as a smart move.
Eubank has benefited from Chris Sr taking a back seat in his career and fewer comparisons being made between him and his father. He seems more settled now but is running out of time to prove his father right.
Tim Tszyu – Kostya Tszyu’s son
We’re all familiar with Kostya Tszyu because Ricky Hatton pulled off the greatest performance of his career to upset the odds and retire the fallen pound-for-pound great.
Tszyu travelled to Manchester as the heavy favourite to beat the home hero in 2005 but met his match as Hatton pummelled him into submission.
The Russian-born Australian was known for his formidable punching power and is widely regarded as one of the hardest-hitting light-welterweights ever.
He was the undisputed world champion at 140lbs between 2002 and 2003 and is ranked by boxing Bible The Ring as the No 1 light-welterweight of the 2000s decade.
Kostya Tszyu was a pound-for-pound star and a former undisputed world champion at 140lbs
Tszyu’s son Tim is making waves in Australia but is yet to face a real stern test in his pro career
So for his son Tim, the bar has been set very high. The 25-year-old has made an auspicious start to his career though, winning all 15 of his first fights and is a popular figure in his homeland of Australia.
A perfect acid test against compatriot and former world champion Jeff Horn was set for April before the coronavirus hit, but that fight is now expected to be rescheduled for later this year.
Beat Horn and Tim Tszyu will likely only be one or two fights away from the chance of emulating his father by winning a world title.
Hasim Rahman Jr – Hasim Rahman’s son
Hasim Rahman Jr has big boots to fill, figuratively speaking and literally speaking.
His father was a 6ft 3in giant of the heavyweight division in the early 2000s and wrote his name in the history books when he knocked out Lennox Lewis to win the WBC and IBF world titles.
Rahman’s reign was short-lived though as Lewis avenged the defeat by knocking him out in a money-spinning rematch in 2001.
The American would later win the WBC interim belt and share the ring with greats like Wladimir Klitschko and Evander Holyfield during his career.
His son Hasim Jr, is the same height and made his professional debut as a heavyweight in 2017 and has since racked up nine straight victories.
He is currently ranked 365th in the heavyweight rankings by BoxRec and looks destined to remain in the shadow of his father.
Hasim Rahman wrote his name in the history books when he knocked out Lennox Lewis
Hasim Rahman Jr is a heavyweight boxer like his dad but hasn’t fought at a very high level yet
Shane Mosley Jr – Shane Mosley’s son
Living up to Shane Mosley’s reputation was always going to be a hard ask for his son.
‘Sugar’ Mosley was once the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing and won world titles in three weight divisions during his career.
Mosley shied away from no man and few can rival his resume, which includes legendary fighters such as Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.
His son is a tall, rangy middleweight who turned professional six years ago.
Mosley Jr has fought at a decent level but is some way off competing at world level like his father did for so many years.
He has won 15 of his 18 fights, losing the other three and was last out in August 2019.
Shane Mosley fought the best during his career and won world titles in three weight divisions
Shane Mosley Jr is also a boxer but has not reached the heights his father did in his career
Campbell Hatton – Ricky Hatton’s son
The day will come when Ricky Hatton’s lad enters the same profession as his old man.
But for now, Campbell is in no rush.
The teenager is trained by his former world champion father and European champion uncle Matthew in Hatton’s gym where he has brushed shoulders with the likes of Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders.
Hatton has assured he will turnover to the paid ranks in the near future but Campbell is currently building up his amateur pedigree before making the move.
The youngster already has a fledgling amateur career, becoming a national development champion and winning two northwest titles, but dad was something special.
Hatton Sr was a unified champion at his weight who was a devastating puncher and endeared himself to the Manchester faithful, giving his fans countless nights to treasure both across the Atlantic and in the UK. Over to you then, Campbell. No pressure.
First session with the lad @campbellhatton at home today for a while. He’s kept on top of things through lockdown so weight,fitness & timing all still solid. Looks after himself(like his old man did back in the day)when’s out of training camp. #getupthereboy @magicmatthewhatton pic.twitter.com/nikjVHr5l6
— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) June 16, 2020
British great Ricky Hatton trains his son Campbell, who is expected to turn professional soon
PS… the good, the bad and the ugly of famous boxer’s sons from the past
Cory Spinks was the latest in a long line of champions from the same family. Dad Larry defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978 and uncle Michael was an Olympic gold medalist and former two-weight world champion.
Cory himself was an undisputed welterweight champion in 2003, before losing his crown to Zab Judah in 2005. He stepped away from boxing in 2013 after a defeat to Carlos Molina.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Floyd Mayweather Sr was a solid welterweight who tangled with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard during his career. But his son Floyd (you may have head of him…) went well above and beyond the achievements of his father by becoming an undefeated five-weight champion having earned almost a billion dollars in the previous decade, according to Forbes.
Floyd Mayweather Jr (left) and Sr (right) worked together during the former’s career
Smokin’ Joe Frazier was one of the most fearsome heavyweights in history and became the first man ever to beat Muhammad Ali in the first of their iconic trilogy fights in the 1970s.
Son Marvis had somewhat of a less illustrious career – fighting 19 times and losing twice, including a punishing first-round defeat in 1986 to a ferocious young fighter named Mike Tyson. Marvis hung up his gloves two years later.
Marvis Frazier (left) with his famous boxing father, ‘Smokin” Joe back in 2009
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in December when he pulled out of a fight after five rounds with Daniel Jacobs, citing a hand injury. He had missed weight for the fight by a remarkable five pounds.
His legendary father of the same name was sat ringside to witness the ugly scenes.
Senior, a three-weight champion who fought over 100 times, is widely considered as one of the greatest of all time having been voted into the boxing hall of fame in 2010.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (standing, blonde and blue hair) and Daniel Jacobs (sat, obscured, in white trunks) are protected as fans pelt the ring with drinks and litter after the former quit
Legendary middleweight Tommy Hearns went as far as to ban his son from entering as boxing gym in order to make him focus on his education. However it only lasted so long as Ronald was lured by the bright lights and turned pro in 2004. He fought 28 times but lost five of his last seven bouts and retired in 2015.