|Real name||Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu|
|Nickname(s)||The Dancing Destroyer|
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
27 August 1971 |
|Wins by KO||43|
Herbie Hide (born Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu; 27 August 1971) is a British boxer of Nigerian heritage from Norwich fighting in the cruiserweight class. Hide is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBO title twice including a reign of nearly two years from 1997 to 1999. In December 2013 Hide was sent to prison for 22 months for supplying cocaine.
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.
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 giant 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. This was despite Hide having fought just two weeks earlier, a victory against Lukasz Rusiewicz. 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.
Professional boxing record
|49 Wins (43 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Losses (4 knockouts, 0 decisions) |
|Win||5-2-2||Wayne Brooks||UD||3||30 April 2010||Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom||Prizefighter Tournament Cruiserweight Quarter-Final. 30-25, 30-25, 30-26.|
|Win||26-12||Gabor "Big Daddy Fisherman" Halasz||TKO||3||26 June 2009||Völklingen, Saarland, Germany||Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the third round.|
|Win||15-4||Sandro Siproshvili||UD||8||06/03/2009||Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany||80-72, 79-73, 80-72.|
|Win||7-5||Lukasz Rusiewicz||UD||6||18 November 2008||Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany||60-56, 59-56, 60-55.|
|Win||9-9||Aleksejs Kosobokovs||RTD||3||04/10/2008||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom||Alek could not answer the bell for round four.|
|Win||21-5||Nuri Seferi||UD||12||04/07/2008||Ankara, Turkey||WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 119-110, 117-110.|
|Win||12-2||Ehinomen Ehikhamenor||UD||12||30 May 2008||Baracaldo, Pais Vasco, Spain||WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 118-109, 118-109, 117-110.|
|Win||43-5-3||Ruediger May||TKO||2||11/03/2008||Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany||WBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the second round.|
|Win||19-0||Mikhail Nasyrov||TKO||6||23 December 2007||Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany||WBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the sixth round.|
|Win||5-16-2||Mircea Telecan||TKO||1||21 September 2007||Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany||Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the third round.|
|Win||7-18||Aleh Dubiaha||KO||1||16 June 2007||Ankara, Turkey||Aleh knocked out at 1:23 of the first round.|
|Win||11-3||Pavol Polakovic||KO||6||27 April 2007||Hamburg, Germany||Pavol knocked out at 1:30 of the sixth round.|
|Win||16-17-1||Valeri Semiskur||KO||1||24 March 2007||Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany||Semiskur knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.|
|Win||3-5||Mitch "Hold My Beer" Hicks||TKO||1||23 September 2006||Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the first round.|
|Loss||3-6-2||Mindaugas Kulikauskas||TKO||3||12/03/2004||Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.|
|Win||15-11-1||Alexander Vasiliev||TKO||5||04/10/2003||Wood Green, London, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the fifth round.|
|Win||20-8||Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu||KO||1||27 May 2003||Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom||Joseph knocked out at 2:33 of the first round.|
|Win||2-13-1||Derek McCafferty||TKO||7||16 April 2003||Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||19-5||Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu||TKO||2||22 September 2001||Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-10-1||Alexey Osokin||TKO||3||14 July 2001||Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||24-0||Vitali "Dr. Iron Fist" Klitschko||KO||2||26 June 1999||Millwall, London, United Kingdom||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 1:14 of the second round.|
|Win||21-1-1||Willi "De Ox" Fischer||TKO||2||26 September 1998||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the second round.|
|Win||23-1||"Dangerous" Damon Reed||TKO||1||18 April 1998||Manchester, United Kingdom||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:52 of the first round.|
|Win||54-5||Tony "TNT" Tucker||TKO||2||28 June 1997||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.|
|Win||30-12-1||Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell||KO||1||09/11/1996||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||15-10||Michael Murray||TKO||6||06/07/1996||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Loss||35-1||Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe||KO||6||11/03/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 2:25 of the sixth round.|
|Win||11-1||Michael Bentt||KO||7||19 March 1994||Millwall, London, United Kingdom||WBO World Heavyweight Title. Bentt knocked out at 2:50 of the seventh round.|
|Win||37-15-1||Jeff Lampkin||TKO||2||04/12/1993||Sun City, North West, South Africa||WBC International Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||13-10||Mike "The Duke" Dixon||TKO||9||06/11/1993||Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom||WBC International Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||18-16-1||Everett "Bigfoot" Martin||PTS||10||18 September 1993||Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom||100-94.|
|Win||78-11-1||Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead||TKO||4||11/05/1993||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom||WBB World Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||11-4||Michael Murray||TKO||5||27 February 1993||Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom||BBBofC British Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||10-1||Juan Antonio Diaz||TKO||3||30 January 1993||Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom||WBA Pentacontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:32 of the third round.|
|Win||28-8-2||James Pritchard||TKO||2||12/12/1992||Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||18-4-1||Craig Petersen||TKO||6||06/10/1992||Antwerpen, Belgium||WBC International Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||26-12||Jean Chanet||TKO||8||08/09/1992||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom|
|Win||14-11||Percell "Magic" Davis||KO||1||03/03/1992||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||20-16-2||Conroy Nelson||TKO||2||21 January 1992||Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom||WBC International Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||8-9-1||Chris Jacobs||KO||1||29 October 1991||Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Win||26-14-1||Eddie Gonzales||KO||2||15 October 1991||Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||5-1||Tucker Richards||TKO||3||03/07/1991||Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.|
|Win||11-14-2||John Westgarth||TKO||4||14 May 1991||Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Win||5-9-1||David Jules||TKO||1||09/04/1991||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||14-14||Lennie Howard||TKO||1||29 January 1991||Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-2-2||Steve Lewsam||TKO||1||18 November 1990||Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the first round.|
|Win||2-9||Gus Mendes||KO||2||17 October 1990||Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||14-28-1||Jonjo Greene||TKO||1||26 September 1990||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-1-2||Steve Lewsam||TKO||4||05/09/1990||Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.|
|Win||15-29-1||Alex Penarski||TKO||3||27 June 1990||Kensington, London, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the third round.|
|Win||6-8||Steve "The Green Goblin" Osborne||TKO||6||19 December 1989||Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||3-2||Gary McCrory||TKO||1||05/11/1989||Kensington, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||0-1-1||Lee "L.A." Williams||KO||2||24 October 1989||Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
Hide has also been arrested a number of times. 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.
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. 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.
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.
On 29 November 2013 Hide was sentenced to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine. He was targeted by the so-called "fake sheikh", an undercover News of the World reporter. The reporter ingratiated himself into Herbie Hide's company and began hassling him for cocaine, despite the fact that there had never been any suggestion that Herbie 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.
- Cawston Parish Council, Cawston College history, retrieved 30 November 2008
- Gerald Eskenazi, "BOXING; Bowe Stops Battered Hide in 6th to Win W.B.O. Title", New York Times, 12 Mar 1995, retrieved 30 Nov 2008
- "Maccarinelli stops Ellis in two". BBC News. 6 December 2008.
- "Evander Holyfield vows to be king of the world again at 47". Daily Mail (London). 11 April 2010.
- Brian Farmer, "Boxer Hide is tagged after nightclub assault", The Independent, 1 Mar 2001, retrieved 30 November 2008
- John Rawling, "Hide fined for having 10-inch kitchen knife", The Guardian, 7 Jan 2004, retrieved 30 Nov 2008
- "Boxer Herbie Hide facing jail", The Mirror, 9 Sep 2008, retrieved 30 November 2008
- "Frank Warren wins Herbie Hide libel damages". Press Gazette. 27 July 2009.
- "Boxer calls for law change after being cleared of rape". The Daily Telegraph (London). 21 July 2011.
- "Profile: The life and times of Herbie Hide - Crime". Eastern Daily Press. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide cleared of rape - News - Eastern Daily Press". Edp24.co.uk. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- "BBC News - Herbie Hide appears in Norwich court charged with rape". Bbc.co.uk. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide in court on rape charge - News - Eastern Daily Press". Edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- BBC News report Retrieved 20 March 2012
- "Herbie Hide jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine". BBC News. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
|Awards and achievements|
|WBO World Heavyweight Championship
19 Mar 1994–11 Mar 1995
|WBO World Heavyweight Championship
28 Jun 1997–26 Jun 1999