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Herbie Hide

Herbie Hide
Real name Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu
Nickname(s) The Dancing Destroyer
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1971-08-27) 27 August 1971
Amauzari, Nigeria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 49
Wins by KO 43
Losses 4

Herbie Hide (born Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu; 27 August 1971) is a Nigerian-born British former professional boxer who held the WBO heavyweight title twice. He is best known for his victories over Michael Bentt and Tony Tucker.


  • Early life 1
  • Pro career 2
  • Professional boxing record 3
  • Personal life 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Early life

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

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

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

Personal life

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.

See also


  1. ^ Cawston Parish Council, Cawston College history, retrieved 30 November 2008
  2. ^ , 12 Mar 1995, retrieved 30 Nov 2008New York TimesGerald Eskenazi, "BOXING; Bowe Stops Battered Hide in 6th to Win W.B.O. Title",
  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. ^ , 7 Jan 2004, retrieved 30 Nov 2008The GuardianJohn Rawling, "Hide fined for having 10-inch kitchen knife",
  6. ^ , 9 Sep 2008, retrieved 30 November 2008The Mirror"Boxer Herbie Hide facing jail",
  7. ^ "Frank Warren wins Herbie Hide libel damages". Press Gazette. 27 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Boxer calls for law change after being cleared of rape". The Daily Telegraph (London). 21 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Profile: The life and times of Herbie Hide - Crime". Eastern Daily Press. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide cleared of rape - News - Eastern Daily Press". 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  11. ^ "BBC News - Herbie Hide appears in Norwich court charged with rape". 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  12. ^ "Norwich boxer Herbie Hide in court on rape charge - News - Eastern Daily Press". Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  13. ^ BBC News report Retrieved 20 March 2012
  14. ^ "Herbie Hide jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine". BBC News. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

Further reading

  • Hide, Herbie (2009). Nothing But Trouble: My Story.  

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Herbie Hide from BoxRec
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
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
28 Jun 1997–26 Jun 1999
Succeeded by
Vitali Klitschko
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