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DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? A PRINCE, A PRINCE, BOXING TONIGHT
Published December 19, 1997
HBO will televise the Prince Naseem Hamed-Kevin Kelly WBO featherweight title bout tonight from MSG at 9:00 pm ET. HBO has a six-fight deal worth a "reported" $12M with Hamed (NEWSDAY, 12/19). In Boston, Ron Borges calls Hamed the "loudest British invasion" of the U.S. "since the Beatles." Borges: "HBO is obviously banking on Hamed having more going for him than his 20-minute, smoke-filled introductions, his tart tongue, and his somersaults into the ring over the top rope, which, as signature moves go, ranks right up there with the Ali shuffle." HBO has put $1.75M into advertising tonight's fight (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/19). In N.Y., Michael Katz writes that MSG is expecting a crowd of "at least" 12,000 tonight (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/19).