Herbie Hide

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Herbie Hide
Statistics
Real nameHerbert Okechukwu Maduagwu
Nickname(s)The Dancing Destroyer
Rated atCruiserweight
Height6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
NationalityNigerian
Born(1971-08-27) 27 August 1971 (age 42)
Owerri, Nigeria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins49
Wins by KO43
Losses4
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Herbie Hide
Statistics
Real nameHerbert Okechukwu Maduagwu
Nickname(s)The Dancing Destroyer
Rated atCruiserweight
Height6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
NationalityNigerian
Born(1971-08-27) 27 August 1971 (age 42)
Owerri, Nigeria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins49
Wins by KO43
Losses4
Draws0
No contests0

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 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.[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]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win5-2-2United Kingdom Wayne BrooksUD330 April 2010United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United KingdomPrizefighter Tournament Cruiserweight Quarter-Final. 30-25, 30-25, 30-26.
Win26-12Hungary Gabor "Big Daddy Fisherman" HalaszTKO326 June 2009Germany Völklingen, Saarland, GermanyReferee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the third round.
Win15-4Georgia (country) Sandro SiproshviliUD806/03/2009Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany80-72, 79-73, 80-72.
Win7-5Poland Lukasz RusiewiczUD618 November 2008Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany60-56, 59-56, 60-55.
Win9-9Latvia Aleksejs KosobokovsRTD304/10/2008United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United KingdomAlek could not answer the bell for round four.
Win21-5Albania Nuri SeferiUD1204/07/2008Turkey Ankara, TurkeyWBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 119-110, 117-110.
Win12-2Nigeria Ehinomen EhikhamenorUD1230 May 2008Spain Baracaldo, Pais Vasco, SpainWBC International Cruiserweight Title. 118-109, 118-109, 117-110.
Win43-5-3Germany Ruediger MayTKO211/03/2008Germany Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, GermanyWBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the second round.
Win19-0Russia Mikhail NasyrovTKO623 December 2007Germany Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, GermanyWBC International Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win5-16-2Romania Mircea TelecanTKO121 September 2007Germany Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, GermanyReferee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the third round.
Win7-18Belarus Aleh DubiahaKO116 June 2007Turkey Ankara, TurkeyAleh knocked out at 1:23 of the first round.
Win11-3Czech Republic Pavol PolakovicKO627 April 2007Germany Hamburg, GermanyPavol knocked out at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win16-17-1Estonia Valeri SemiskurKO124 March 2007Germany Alsterdorf, Hamburg, GermanySemiskur knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.
Win3-5Hungary Mitch "Hold My Beer" HicksTKO123 September 2006Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the first round.
Loss3-6-2Lithuania Mindaugas KulikauskasTKO312/03/2004United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.
Win15-11-1Russia Alexander VasilievTKO504/10/2003United Kingdom Wood Green, London, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the fifth round.
Win20-8Zambia Joseph "No Pressure" ChinganguKO127 May 2003United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United KingdomJoseph knocked out at 2:33 of the first round.
Win2-13-1United Kingdom Derek McCaffertyTKO716 April 2003United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.
Loss19-5Zambia Joseph "No Pressure" ChinganguTKO222 September 2001United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win9-10-1Russia Alexey OsokinTKO314 July 2001United Kingdom Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the seventh round.
Loss24-0Ukraine Vitali "Dr. Iron Fist" KlitschkoKO226 June 1999United Kingdom Millwall, London, United KingdomWBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 1:14 of the second round.
Win21-1-1Germany Willi "De Ox" FischerTKO226 September 1998United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United KingdomWBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the second round.
Win23-1United States "Dangerous" Damon ReedTKO118 April 1998United Kingdom Manchester, United KingdomWBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:52 of the first round.
Win54-5United States Tony "TNT" TuckerTKO228 June 1997United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United KingdomWBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.
Win30-12-1United States Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" SwindellKO109/11/1996United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win15-10United Kingdom Michael MurrayTKO606/07/1996United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss35-1United States Riddick "Big Daddy" BoweKO611/03/1995Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWBO World Heavyweight Title. Hide knocked out at 2:25 of the sixth round.
Win11-1United States Michael BenttKO719 March 1994United Kingdom Millwall, London, United KingdomWBO World Heavyweight Title. Bentt knocked out at 2:50 of the seventh round.
Win37-15-1United States Jeff LampkinTKO204/12/1993South Africa Sun City, North West, South AfricaWBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win13-10United States Mike "The Duke" DixonTKO906/11/1993United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United KingdomWBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win18-16-1United States Everett "Bigfoot" MartinPTS1018 September 1993United Kingdom Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom100-94.
Win78-11-1United States Jerry "Wimpy" HalsteadTKO411/05/1993United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United KingdomWBB World Heavyweight Title.
Win11-4United Kingdom Michael MurrayTKO527 February 1993United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United KingdomBBBofC British Heavyweight Title.
Win10-1Argentina Juan Antonio DiazTKO330 January 1993United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United KingdomWBA Pentacontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:32 of the third round.
Win28-8-2United States James PritchardTKO212/12/1992United Kingdom Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Win18-4-1Australia Craig PetersenTKO606/10/1992Belgium Antwerpen, BelgiumWBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win26-12France Jean ChanetTKO808/09/1992United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Win14-11United States Percell "Magic" DavisKO103/03/1992Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win20-16-2Canada Conroy NelsonTKO221 January 1992United Kingdom Norwich, Norfolk, United KingdomWBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win8-9-1United Kingdom Chris JacobsKO129 October 1991Wales Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Win26-14-1United States Eddie GonzalesKO215 October 1991Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win5-1United Kingdom Tucker RichardsTKO303/07/1991United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.
Win11-14-2United Kingdom John WestgarthTKO414 May 1991United Kingdom Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win5-9-1United Kingdom David JulesTKO109/04/1991United Kingdom Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win14-14United Kingdom Lennie HowardTKO129 January 1991United Kingdom Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Win9-2-2United Kingdom Steve LewsamTKO118 November 1990United Kingdom Birmingham, West Midlands, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the first round.
Win2-9United Kingdom Gus MendesKO217 October 1990United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win14-28-1Republic of Ireland Jonjo GreeneTKO126 September 1990United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Win9-1-2United Kingdom Steve LewsamTKO405/09/1990United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.
Win15-29-1United Kingdom Alex PenarskiTKO327 June 1990United Kingdom Kensington, London, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the third round.
Win6-8United Kingdom Steve "The Green Goblin" OsborneTKO619 December 1989United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win3-2United Kingdom Gary McCroryTKO105/11/1989United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win0-1-1United Kingdom Lee "L.A." WilliamsKO224 October 1989United 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 £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 innocent 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" 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