Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Former world featherweight champion Naseem Hamed has had his MBE taken from him after serving a jail sentence for dangerous driving


Naseem Hamed

The former IBF and WBO champion was given the award in December 1998.

He served four months of a 15-month jail sentence imposed on May 12, 2005 after he crashed his Mercedes McLaren head-on at 90 mph (144 kph) into a car driven by Anthony Burgin.

Burgin suffered fractures to all the major bones in his body and his wife Clare was also hurt in the accident.

The Cabinet Office, which administers the honors system, said that awards could be annulled if evidence of wrongdoing came to light.

Hamed was released from Moorland Prison in Doncaster in September but had to wear an electronic tag under the Home Office's Home Detention Curfew scheme.

Hamed's former trainer, Brendan Ingle, said: "It is really sad the way things have turned out. He was a fantastic champion."

But he added: " When you see the young chap Burgin and you see the mess his life is in physically, all my feelings go out to the Burgins."

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