Herbie Hide

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Herbie Hide
Born Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu
(1971-08-27) 27 August 1971 (age 43)
Amauzari, Nigeria
Other names The Dancing Destroyer
Nationality Nigeria Nigerian
England English
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Division Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Years active 1989-2010
Professional boxing record
Total 53
Wins 49
By knockout 43
Losses 4
By knockout 4
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
last updated on: 6 April 2015


Herbie Hide 27 August 1971) is a former British-Nigerian professional boxer. As a professional, he won the WBO world heavyweight championship on two occasions. Hide is best known for his victories over Michael Bentt and Tony Tucker.

Early life[edit]

Hide was born in Amauzari, Nigeria, and moved to England as a boy. He was educated at Glebe House School and Cawston College.[1]

Pro career[edit]

Hide has fought for most of his career at heavyweight, but later in his career decided to take a step down to cruiserweight. He is known as The Dancing Destroyer and has had a successful career, rising to domestic success at a very young age for a heavyweight. Hide has twice won the lesser regarded (at the time) WBO heavyweight title.

His career began in 1989 with a second round win and he racked up a total of 25 successive wins, all but one inside the distance. His level of opposition was respectable and included fighters such as Jeff Lampkin, James Pritchard and Everett Martin.

At 25-0 (24 kos), Hide challenged Michael Bentt for the WBO heavyweight title in March 1994 at Millwall Football Stadium, Millwall, London. The inexperienced Bentt had won the title by knocking out the heavily favoured Tommy Morrison in one round. The fight made headlines after the two boxers scuffled and threw punches at a pre-fight meeting, whilst in the bout itself, Hide outboxed and knocked out Bentt in 7 rounds (who was then hospitalised and never fought again).

A year later, Hide defended his title against former undisputed champion Riddick Bowe. Hide used his speed to outbox Bowe early on and managed to hurt Bowe several times during the contest, however Bowe's size and class eventually told, and Hide was floored six times. Hide impressed with his courage, repeatedly picking himself off the canvas, before he was knocked out in the sixth round.[2]

After his loss to Bowe, Hide fought twice in 1996, winning both by KO against Michael Murray and Frankie Swindell before earning another shot at the now-vacant WBO title in June 1997 against 38-year old one-time IBF title holder Tony Tucker, despite Tucker losing three of his previous five fights. Hide knocked out the overweight Tucker in two rounds. Hide defended his WBO title twice in 1998 with quick stoppages of late replacement cruiserweight clubfighter Damon Reed, and German Willi Fischer.

In June 1999 Hide faced the 6 ft 8in Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko, only the second world ranked fighter he had actually faced after Riddick Bowe. Hide, favoured to win at the time, was knocked out in two rounds.

Hide never featured as a main contender at heavyweight again, his only mildly notable wins coming against Joseph Chingangu (who also knocked Hide out in one of Hide's many comebacks) and Alexander Vasiliev.

In 2006, Hide stepped down a weight division to a more natural weight division at cruiserweight. Since then he has won fourteen successive fights, most of which took place in Germany. Hide defeated Mikhail Nasyrov in December 2007 to win the WBC International cruiserweight title.

In November 2008, when Johnathon Banks dropped out of a WBO cruiserweight title clash at London's ExCel Arena with just four days notice, Hide was announced as a potential opponent for former champion Enzo Maccarinelli, for the vacant title.[3] This was despite Hide having fought just two weeks earlier, a victory against Lukasz Rusiewicz.[3] Hide then fought in the Crusierweight Prizefighter tournament. In the tournament, he defeated Welshman Wayne Brooks by unanimous decision, but was badly cut on the right eye in the process. He pulled out of the tournament to avoid losing his high WBC ranking due to the cut.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (43 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Losses (4 knockouts, 0 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 49-4-0 United Kingdom Wayne Brooks UD 3 30 April 2010 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom Prizefighter Tournament Cruiserweight Quarter-Final. 30-25, 30-25, 30-26.
Win 48-4-0 Hungary Gabor "Big Daddy Fisherman" Halasz TKO 3 26 June 2009 Germany Völklingen, Saarland, Germany Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the third round.
Win 47-4-0 Georgia (country) Sandro Siproshvili UD 8 6 March 2009 Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany 80-72, 79-73, 80-72.
Win 46-4-0 Poland Lukasz Rusiewicz UD 6 18 November 2008 Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany 60-56, 59-56, 60-55.
Win 45-4-0 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs RTD 3 4 October 2008 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom Alek could not answer the bell for round four.
Win 44-4-0 Albania Nuri Seferi UD 12 4 July 2008 Turkey Ankara, Turkey WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 119-110, 117-110.
Win 43-4-0 Nigeria Ehinomen Ehikhamenor UD 12 30 May 2008 Spain Baracaldo, Pais Vasco, Spain WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 118-109, 118-109, 117-110.
Win 42-4-0 Germany Ruediger May TKO 2 11 March 2008 Germany Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany WBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the second round.
Win 41-4-0 Russia Mikhail Nasyrov TKO 6 23 December 2007 Germany Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany WBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win 40-4-0 Romania Mircea Telecan TKO 1 21 September 2007 Germany Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the third round.
Win 39-4-0 Belarus Aleh Dubiaha KO 1 16 June 2007 Turkey Ankara, Turkey Aleh knocked out at 1:23 of the first round.
Win 38-4-0 Czech Republic Pavol Polakovic KO 6 27 April 2007 Germany Hamburg, Germany Pavol knocked out at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win 37-4-0 Estonia Valeri Semiskur KO 1 24 March 2007 Germany Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany Semiskur knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.
Win 36-4-0 Hungary Mitch "Hold My Beer" Hicks TKO 1 23 September 2006 Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the first round.
Loss 35-4-0 Lithuania Mindaugas Kulikauskas TKO 3 12 March 2004 United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.
Win 35-3-0 Russia Alexander Vasiliev TKO 5 4 October 2003 United Kingdom Wood Green, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the fifth round.
Win 34-3-0 Zambia Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu KO 1 27 May 2003 United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom Joseph knocked out at 2:33 of the first round.
Win 33-3-0 United Kingdom Derek McCafferty TKO 7 16 April 2003 United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.
Loss 32-3-0 Zambia Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu TKO 2 22 September 2001 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win 32-2-0 Russia Alexey Osokin TKO 3 14 July 2001 United Kingdom Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.
Loss 31-2-0 Ukraine Vitali "Dr. Iron Fist" Klitschko KO 2 26 June 1999 United Kingdom Millwall, London, United Kingdom WBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 1:14 of the second round.
Win 31-1-0 Germany Willi "De Ox" Fischer TKO 2 26 September 1998 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the second round.
Win 30-1-0 United States "Dangerous" Damon Reed TKO 1 18 April 1998 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:52 of the first round.
Win 29-1-0 United States Tony "TNT" Tucker TKO 2 28 June 1997 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.
Win 28-1-0 United States Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell KO 1 9 November 1996 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 27-1-0 United Kingdom Michael Murray TKO 6 6 July 1996 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 26-1-0 United States Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe KO 6 11 March 1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 2:25 of the sixth round.
Win 26-0-0 United Kingdom Michael Bentt KO 7 19 March 1994 United Kingdom Millwall, London, United Kingdom WBO World Heavyweight Title. Bentt knocked out at 2:50 of the seventh round.
Win 25-0-0 United States Jeff Lampkin TKO 2 4 December 1993 South Africa Sun City, North West, South Africa WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 24-0-0 United States Mike "The Duke" Dixon TKO 9 6 November 1993 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-0-0 United States Everett "Bigfoot" Martin PTS 10 18 September 1993 United Kingdom Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom 100-94.
Win 22-0-0 United States Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead TKO 4 11 May 1993 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBB World Heavyweight Title.
Win 21-0-0 United Kingdom Michael Murray TKO 5 27 February 1993 United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title.
Win 20-0-0 Argentina Juan Antonio Diaz TKO 3 30 January 1993 United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom WBA Pentacontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:32 of the third round.
Win 19-0-0 United States James Pritchard TKO 2 12 December 1992 United Kingdom Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Win 18-0-0 Australia Craig Petersen TKO 6 6 October 1992 Belgium Antwerpen, Belgium WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 17-0-0 France Jean Chanet TKO 8 8 September 1992 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Win 16-0-0 United States Percell "Magic" Davis KO 1 3 March 1992 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 15-0-0 Canada Conroy Nelson TKO 2 21 January 1992 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 14-0-0 United Kingdom Chris Jacobs KO 1 29 October 1991 Wales Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Win 13-0-0 United States Eddie Gonzales KO 2 15 October 1991 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 12-0-0 United Kingdom Tucker Richards TKO 3 3 July 1991 United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.
Win 11-0-0 United Kingdom John Westgarth TKO 4 14 May 1991 United Kingdom Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 10-0-0 United Kingdom David Jules TKO 1 9 April 1991 United Kingdom Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 9-0-0 United Kingdom Lennie Howard TKO 1 29 January 1991 United Kingdom Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Win 8-0-0 United Kingdom Steve Lewsam TKO 1 18 November 1990 United Kingdom Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the first round.
Win 7-0-0 United Kingdom Gus Mendes KO 2 17 October 1990 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 6-0-0 Republic of Ireland Jonjo Greene TKO 1 26 September 1990 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 5-0-0 United Kingdom Steve Lewsam TKO 4 5 September 1990 United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.
Win 4-0-0 United Kingdom Alex Penarski TKO 3 27 June 1990 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the third round.
Win 3-0-0 United Kingdom Steve "The Green Goblin" Osborne TKO 6 19 December 1989 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 2-0-0 United Kingdom Gary McCrory TKO 1 5 November 1989 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 1-1-0 United Kingdom Lee "L.A." Williams KO 2 24 October 1989 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom

Personal life[edit]

In December 2003, Hide was "attacked by a group of men" in a Norwich night club. This resulted in his subsequent arrest and conviction for "possession of an offensive weapon, a 10-inch kitchen knife," for which he was fined £750.[5]

In September 2008, Hide was warned by Norwich magistrates that he faced 75 days in jail if £3,767 of outstanding motoring fines were not paid by 30 November 2008.[6] During a television interview in July 2008, Hide claimed that promoter Frank Warren "had dishonestly and corruptly bribed Johnny Nelson to retire and give up his WBO cruiserweight title." When Warren sued for libel, Hide failed to respond and a default judgment of £35,000 was entered against him.[7]

Hide appeared at Norwich Crown Court, charged with rape, but was found not guilty on 20 July 2011 after "the prosecution offered no evidence."[8][9][10][11][12]

On 18 March 2012, a man in his 20s was fatally stabbed at Hide's home. A suspect has been arrested for murder in connection with the incident. Police said they believed Hide was not home at the time of the killing.[9][13]

On 29 November 2013 Hide was sentenced to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine.[14] He was targeted by the so-called "fake sheikh" also known as Mazher Mahmood, an undercover News of the World reporter. The reporter ingratiated himself into Hide's company and began hassling him for cocaine, despite the fact that there had never been any suggestion that Hide had been concerned with the supply of drugs. After an initial refusal, Herbie Hide eventually relented, and agreed to contact a drug dealer of his acquaintance to procure the drug. When he delivered the drug to the undercover reporter he was arrested and charged.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Bentt
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
19 Mar 1994–11 Mar 1995
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Henry Akinwande
Vacated
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
28 Jun 1997–26 Jun 1999
Succeeded by
Vitali Klitschko