Boxing is one of the most difficult sports that requires not only the will to be punched in the face, but excellent cardio and incredible discipline.
In the weeks and months leading up to a big fight, boxers will avoid carriers and the weird beer to make sure they are best able to step on the ring.
So who can blame them for packing a few pounds when they finally hang up their gloves?
Some legends of the sport have become almost unrecognizable as they enjoy the fruits of their labor by indulging in the best things in life.
One such boxer is Prince Naseem Hamedwho had just been spotted outside and around in Windsor looking quite different from in his heyday.
Despite the 48-year-old’s weight gain, he revealed that he is the “happiest” he ever was.
“I’ve never been in a better place,” he said. “I wish I could walk around with a camera, the number of people who stop and talk to me!”
Naseem is far from the only boxer to lose his torn figure after retiring, however …
Prince Naseem Hamed
Prince Naseem is one of the greatest featherweight fighters of all time.
In a glorious career, “Naz” thrilled fans with his show, which ultimately caught him off the WBC, IBF and IBO featherweight belts.
But the look of the legendary boxer is now almost unrecognizable from the days when he ruled the ring.
Naseem retired from boxing two decades ago after the final victory of his professional career against Manuel Calvo.
It came a year after his shock loss to Marco Antonio Barrera, which was the only defeat Naseem had suffered in 37 fights.
The extravagant 48-year-old is currently renting a £ 1.4 million town hall that goes back to Windsor Castle, making him a neighbor of the Queen.
He has been pictured out and about to have amassed a considerable amount of weight since his days as a featherweight champion but he claims he is as happy as he ever was.
Ruling the heavyweight division during his heyday, Tyson became the most feared fighter on the planet.
And hitting the scales at about 15 4 lbs. of pure muscle during the peak of his career, many opponents were defeated before they even stepped into the ring.
He became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion at the age of 20 when he KO’d Trevor Berbick in 1986 and would go on to become undisputed king.
But after retiring from professional boxing in 2006, his weight fluctuated.
In 2009 he got a big break, starring in the hit film The Hangover.
But it was around this time that the former boxer began to seriously struggle with his weight – hitting the 27th and being declared “clinically obese”.
He formed in recent years after revealing that he had adopted a vegan diet and even stepped back on the ring in 2020 for an exhibition fight with former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr.
Tony Bellew saw his weight soar after hanging up his gloves.
The former world heavyweight champion set three stones after retirement.
He was the 14th pound boxer when he weighed in to fight Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in November 2018 and just months after retirement, his weight reaches 17 and a half stone.
Speaking of Men’s Health UKBellew revealed how, at his heaviest, he was embarrassed about making TV appearances because his suits didn’t fit, and how even leaving the house became an issue.
He said: “It just got to the point where I wasn’t happy with myself.
“Right now, the writing is on the wall if I’m completely honest, and you have to try to find a way through it yourself.”
Belew has since adopted a fitness regimen that included mile-long swims and a low-calorie diet and has been remade.
Ricky Hatton was dubbed “Ricky Fatton” during his career and regularly ballooned in weight between fights.
The four-time world champion later retired back in November 2012 after his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko, holding a total record of 45 wins and three losses of 48 fights.
During his boxing career, Hatton, 43, would make jokes about the way he ballooned between fights and would have to shed 40 pounds. to get in shape for every attack due to his unhealthy diet.
He adopted a fuller figure more permanently during his retirement but fans were left shocked at Ricky’s weight loss before his return to the ring against Marco Antonio Barrera on July 2.
George Foreman has often struggled with his weight throughout his career.
After an iconic career, the former heavyweight world champion retired in 1987 at the age of 38.
It’s been 10 years since he competed properly and he was out of shape.
He trained hard, but balled to about 21 and a half stone or 300 pounds. and tipped the scales at 19th 1lb for his comeback win over Steve Zouski.
Skipper won the world title again at the age of 45 in 1994, and retired four years later.
He has been up and down with his weight since retirement.
Former world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe added some weight after retiring in 2008.
He had to step back into the ring for a famous boxing match against basketball star Lamar Odom in October last year.
But footage appeared of a full-figure Bowe looking stiff and unprepared for combat while he shadow-boxed in a gym.
Celebrity Boxing has decided to cancel the fight citing “security” concerns.
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