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Prince Naseem unimpressed by British boxing but urges Amir Khan to fight Kell Brook

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Naseem Hamed has called on Amir Khan to fight British rival Kell Brook and says British boxing still misses him.

The 'Prince', who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend, insists the UK boxing scene is not as exciting when he was around.

Hamed ruled as world featherweight champion from 1995 to 2001 and his only defeat in a 37-fight career was on points to Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001.

The former Sheffield boxer stopped 31 of his 36 victims and his achievements will be recognised when he becomes the latest British boxer to make it into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, although Hamed cannot attend the ceremony in Canonstota, New York.

Six British boxers hold versions of the four world title belts (James DeGale, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell), while there is also Amir Khan and Carl Froch who are without titles, but Hamed insists none have the entertainment value he brought.

"One thing that has irritated me in the sport of boxing since I stopped is I'm really surprised that no one has come along to excite me like me," Hamed said at a British boxing writers' dinner.

"I thought I would have seen a character come through in boxing. The only character I have seen come through isn't a boxer, is Conor McGregor, the UFC fighter from Ireland. He's absolutely brilliant. He seems to have that winning formula and that confidence with abundance. I'm surprised I haven't seen a boxer like that.

"I'm easily imitated, never duplicated so the saying goes. You can't duplicate me. A lot of fighters come out with a certain amount of style and I like to see that, but they get smashed up a little bit.

"I like Carl Frampton, he gets down to business. I fancy him being world champion for a long time. Him and Lee Selby is a good fight and I think Frampton wins it.

"I thought after that fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, if this was supposed to be fight of the decade then people must be missing me a lot more.

"When you have 15 defences of your world title and fell you are the best of your generation, no one can take that away from you.

"It's an absolute honour to be make it into the Boxing Hall of Fame and I'm really happy about it even though I can't be there, but I'm looking forward to going next year."

Hamed, 41, said what would excite him was if Khan fought Sheffield's IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook and he gives Bolton's former world light-welterweight champion a 'good chance' if he gets to fight American Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 12.

"I want to see Amir fight Kell Brook and I want to see the big British blockbuster at Wembley," Hamed said at a boxing writers' dinner. "I don't see why Amir is overlooking Kell. You have a world champion on your doorstep with a legitimate world championship.

"I see a knockout or victory on points, and you all know who's going to do the KO and who will win on points. Amir has shown something in his fight against Devon Alexander, he's definitely upped his skills and he's feeling very confident with his new trainer. I think it's a 50-50 fight.

"But you would hold out for Mayweather if you were in Amir's position. I think Amir might give Mayweather a harder fight than his last 10 opponents because he's got fast hands and I would love Amir to win that fight. I think he's got a good chance and I think Floyd knows he's got a chance and that's why he's been avoiding it.

"Floyd is older and you could see with what he's getting hit with in the fight with Marcos Maidana that he's getting older and believe me Amir is faster and better than Maidana. Amir did a better job on Maidana than Floyd did."

By the time he was Khan's age, Hamed was retired, one fight after losing to Barrera, and he feels it may have been too soon.

"I do think I retired too soon," he said. "I just felt at that particular time in 2002 after winning a fifth world title belt, why not be one of the smart ones in boxing and get out. Sugar Ray Leonard said once 'I had my time in the sun' and I really did have my time in the sun. I had been champion since I was 21.

"It was about when I had leave the wife and kids for nine week training camps. I felt it especially when I had young children.

"I just felt I had done enough in the sport to put my stamp on boxing. There was enough money in the bank to invest well which I did in the nineties.

"I made a prediction when I was 11 that I would be world champion by the time I was 21 and I did it. To have that time so early and to retire at 28 sounds early to retire but I don't feel it's that early for me."