Herbie Hide

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Herbie Hide
Statistics
Real name Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu
Nickname(s) The Dancing Destroyer
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality Nigerian
Born (1971-08-27) 27 August 1971 (age 43)
Owerri, Nigeria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 49
Wins by KO 43
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

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.

Early life[edit]

Hide was born in Owerri, 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 5-2-2 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 26-12 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 15-4 Georgia (country) Sandro Siproshvili UD 8 06/03/2009 Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany 80-72, 79-73, 80-72.
Win 7-5 Poland Lukasz Rusiewicz UD 6 18 November 2008 Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany 60-56, 59-56, 60-55.
Win 9-9 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs RTD 3 04/10/2008 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom Alek could not answer the bell for round four.
Win 21-5 Albania Nuri Seferi UD 12 04/07/2008 Turkey Ankara, Turkey WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 119-110, 117-110.
Win 12-2 Nigeria Ehinomen Ehikhamenor UD 12 30 May 2008 Spain Baracaldo, Pais Vasco, Spain WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 118-109, 118-109, 117-110.
Win 43-5-3 Germany Ruediger May TKO 2 11/03/2008 Germany Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany WBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the second round.
Win 19-0 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 5-16-2 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 7-18 Belarus Aleh Dubiaha KO 1 16 June 2007 Turkey Ankara, Turkey Aleh knocked out at 1:23 of the first round.
Win 11-3 Czech Republic Pavol Polakovic KO 6 27 April 2007 Germany Hamburg, Germany Pavol knocked out at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win 16-17-1 Estonia Valeri Semiskur KO 1 24 March 2007 Germany Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany Semiskur knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.
Win 3-5 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 3-6-2 Lithuania Mindaugas Kulikauskas TKO 3 12/03/2004 United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.
Win 15-11-1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev TKO 5 04/10/2003 United Kingdom Wood Green, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the fifth round.
Win 20-8 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 2-13-1 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 19-5 Zambia Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu TKO 2 22 September 2001 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win 9-10-1 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 24-0 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 21-1-1 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 23-1 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 54-5 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 30-12-1 United States Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell KO 1 09/11/1996 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 15-10 United Kingdom Michael Murray TKO 6 06/07/1996 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 35-1 United States Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe KO 6 11/03/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 2:25 of the sixth round.
Win 11-1 United States 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 37-15-1 United States Jeff Lampkin TKO 2 04/12/1993 South Africa Sun City, North West, South Africa WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 13-10 United States Mike "The Duke" Dixon TKO 9 06/11/1993 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 18-16-1 United States Everett "Bigfoot" Martin PTS 10 18 September 1993 United Kingdom Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom 100-94.
Win 78-11-1 United States Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead TKO 4 11/05/1993 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBB World Heavyweight Title.
Win 11-4 United Kingdom Michael Murray TKO 5 27 February 1993 United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title.
Win 10-1 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 28-8-2 United States James Pritchard TKO 2 12/12/1992 United Kingdom Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Win 18-4-1 Australia Craig Petersen TKO 6 06/10/1992 Belgium Antwerpen, Belgium WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 26-12 France Jean Chanet TKO 8 08/09/1992 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Win 14-11 United States Percell "Magic" Davis KO 1 03/03/1992 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 20-16-2 Canada Conroy Nelson TKO 2 21 January 1992 United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 8-9-1 United Kingdom Chris Jacobs KO 1 29 October 1991 Wales Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Win 26-14-1 United States Eddie Gonzales KO 2 15 October 1991 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 5-1 United Kingdom Tucker Richards TKO 3 03/07/1991 United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.
Win 11-14-2 United Kingdom John Westgarth TKO 4 14 May 1991 United Kingdom Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 5-9-1 United Kingdom David Jules TKO 1 09/04/1991 United Kingdom Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 14-14 United Kingdom Lennie Howard TKO 1 29 January 1991 United Kingdom Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Win 9-2-2 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 2-9 United Kingdom Gus Mendes KO 2 17 October 1990 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 14-28-1 Republic of Ireland Jonjo Greene TKO 1 26 September 1990 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 9-1-2 United Kingdom Steve Lewsam TKO 4 05/09/1990 United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.
Win 15-29-1 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 6-8 United Kingdom Steve "The Green Goblin" Osborne TKO 6 19 December 1989 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 3-2 United Kingdom Gary McCrory TKO 1 05/11/1989 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 0-1-1 United Kingdom Lee "L.A." Williams KO 2 24 October 1989 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom

Personal life[edit]

Hide has also been arrested a number of times.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Hide appeared at Norwich Crown Court, charged with rape, but was found not guilty on 20 July 2011 after "the prosecution offered no evidence."[9][10][11][12][13]

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.[10][14]

On 29 November 2013 Hide was sentenced to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine.[15] 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 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cawston Parish Council, Cawston College history, retrieved 30 November 2008
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ a b "Maccarinelli stops Ellis in two". BBC News. 6 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Evander Holyfield vows to be king of the world again at 47". Daily Mail (London). 11 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Brian Farmer, "Boxer Hide is tagged after nightclub assault", The Independent, 1 Mar 2001, retrieved 30 November 2008
  6. ^ John Rawling, "Hide fined for having 10-inch kitchen knife", The Guardian, 7 Jan 2004, retrieved 30 Nov 2008
  7. ^ "Boxer Herbie Hide facing jail", The Mirror, 9 Sep 2008, retrieved 30 November 2008
  8. ^ "Frank Warren wins Herbie Hide libel damages". Press Gazette. 27 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Boxer calls for law change after being cleared of rape". The Daily Telegraph (London). 21 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Profile: The life and times of Herbie Hide - Crime". Eastern Daily Press. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  11. ^ "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide cleared of rape - News - Eastern Daily Press". Edp24.co.uk. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  12. ^ "BBC News - Herbie Hide appears in Norwich court charged with rape". Bbc.co.uk. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  13. ^ "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide in court on rape charge - News - Eastern Daily Press". Edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  14. ^ BBC News report Retrieved 20 March 2012
  15. ^ "Herbie Hide jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine". BBC News. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

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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