No, you're not the only one. Before he reverted to his old antics, Hamed
displayed a much improved balance, was slipping punches instead of leaning
straight back to avoid them, kept his chin down, punched effectively to the
body, and for the most part did not lunge in and smother his own power. I
don't know how much of the change that took place in the latter part of the
fight was due to Steward's influence and how much to Hamed's being tired,
but just when Forman started to say something like, "Now we're seeing the
old Hamed again! That's right, keep your hands down. Relax!", Naseem began
looking like shit.
I'm still far from becoming a Hamed follower, but in this fight he showed me
that he does have the potential to become a great fighter--something I could
not see in him before. And I must admit his power is pretty impressive.
>Am I the only one that thinks Hamed was doing very good UNTIL Steward
>butted in? It seemed to me the Saurez was giving Naseem pretty good
>advice from what little I could hear. Moreover, I don't see how even
>the British news agencies can say Hamed was in danger of losing. Yes,
>he looked a little winded and yes he was catching some punches, but he
>never looked in immenint danger of losing. I find Steward's comments
>about Hamed possibly being on the verge of KO more self-serving than
>honest. I'm no Hamed fan, but I think he looked pretty good for the
>first 8 rounds....