22 Facts About Herbie Hide


Herbie Hide was born on Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu; 27 August 1971 and is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2010.


Herbie Hide held the WBO heavyweight title twice between 1994 and 1999, as well as the British heavyweight title in 1993.


Herbie Hide was born in Amauzari, Nigeria, and moved to England as a youngster, basing himself near Norwich in Norfolk.


Herbie Hide was educated at Glebe House School and Cawston College.


Herbie Hide had a brief amateur career of 10 fights, which he finished with a record of 8 wins, 2 losses.


Herbie Hide was known as The Dancing Destroyer, and had a successful career, rising to domestic success at a very young age for a heavyweight.


Herbie Hide has twice won the lesser regarded World Boxing Organization heavyweight title.


At 25 wins to 0 losses, Herbie Hide challenged Michael Bentt for the WBO heavyweight title in March 1994 at Millwall Football Stadium, Millwall, London.


Herbie Hide used his speed to out-box Bowe early on, and managed to hurt Bowe several times during the contest.


However Bowe's size and class eventually told, and Herbie Hide was floored six times during the bout.


Herbie Hide impressed with his courage, repeatedly picking himself off the canvas, before he was knocked out in the sixth round.


Herbie Hide defended his WBO title twice in 1998; with quick stoppages of late replacement cruiserweight clubfighter Damon Reed, and in September 1998 against German Willi Fischer.


Herbie Hide, favoured to win at the time, was knocked out in two rounds.


Herbie Hide never featured as a main contender at heavyweight again, his only mildly notable wins coming against Joseph Chingangu, and Alexander Vasiliev.


In 2006, Herbie Hide moved down in weight to a more natural division at cruiserweight.


Herbie Hide defeated Mikhail Nasyrov in December 2007 to win the World Boxing Council 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, Herbie Hide was announced as a potential opponent for former champion Enzo Maccarinelli, for the vacant title.


Herbie Hide pulled out of the tournament to avoid losing his high WBC ranking due to the cut.


In December 2003, Herbie Hide was 'attacked by a group of men' in a Norwich night club.


Police said they believed Herbie Hide was not home at the time of the killing.


On 29 November 2013, Herbie Hide was sentenced to 22 months in prison for conspiracy to supply cocaine.


Herbie Hide was targeted by the so-called 'fake sheikh' known as Mazher Mahmood, an undercover News of the World reporter.