NADER Hamdan fears his age and recent boxing record has led to him being shut out from a blockbuster overseas fight despite a top 10 world ranking.
Hamdan is ranked No. 7 in the world by the World Boxing Organisation but has been unable to secure a fight since beating highly rated Australian Daniel Pawsey for his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title in July.
“I’m frustrated,” Hamdan, 38, said. “I really thought that when I got the world ranking and being the Asia Pacific champion I’d get some fights but nothing has come in.
“I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’ve still got a heartbeat.”
A possible world title eliminator bout with No. 2 Kelly Pavlik was close to being secured late last year but the US television networks refused to support the event.
Without the backing of a major network, big-name fighters perceive Hamdan as too risky a proposition.
“I don’t think my recent record helped either,” Hamdan, who has one just won of his past five fights.
Unable to secure Pavlik, Hamdan’s team have set their sights on world No. 3 George Groves or a rematch with No. 4 ranked Arthur Abraham — who beat Hamdan in a 12th-round knockout in 2004.
“It’s pretty hard right now but I’m trying to stay healthy,” Hamdan said.
“If I can’t get a fight at super middleweight I’ll move to light heavyweight or cruiserweight.
“I proved in my last fight that I am not a sprinter and I can’t fight these short distances.
“Give me 12 rounds and I can take them down.”
BY MICHAEL CARAYANNIS