Naseem to return27/01/2005 - 14:45:29
Naseem Hamed has confirmed he is planning to return to the ring after a three-year absence this summer.
The former WBO featherweight champion, who will be 31 next month, says he has struck a deal for a fight to take place the Middle East.
Despite numerous reported comeback bids Hamed has not fought since a points win over Spaniard Manuel Calvo in London in May 2002.
Hamed told the Sheffield Star: "I've not said anything publicly until now but I am planning to fight again in the summer.
"We have not selected my opponent but the fight will take place in the Middle East and that is definite."
Hamed would need to complete the formality of re-applying for a British Boxing Board of Control licence before he could begin his comeback.
He has reportedly stayed in shape in his Sheffield gym but has not employed the services of a trainer since his split from Oscar Suarez soon after the disappointing Calvo fight.
Hamed, whose ring earnings made him a multi-millionaire, has fought 37 times as a professional and suffered just one defeat to Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas in 2001.
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