Monday, February 25, 2013
Former world boxing champion Herbie Hide today said he had never rigged boxing matches as he became embroiled in allegations surrounding cocaine and fight fixing.
Norfolk Police confirmed yesterday that officers were investigating drug allegations involving the former two-time world heavyweight champion.
The 41-year-old from Bawburgh allegedly passed the phone number of undercover reporters posing as boxing promoters to a drug dealer who then offered the reporters £400 of cocaine.
The allegations were made in The Sun newspaper yesterday in an investigation into match-fixing.
According to the newspaper, Mr Hide offered to set-up and rig a fight for £1m in a betting scam.
He told the reporters: “What you want to do is simple, yeah, is to see who the favourite is and get the favourite to go down in the round you call. It will be arranged.”
Mr Hide reportedly added: “Whoever, which round you want, whatever you want as long as you put the money.
“I can guarantee one thing, you can get whoever is the favourite, you can get them to step down for a million pounds.
“You need a big name on good record — yeah, like myself!”
Speaking to the Norwich Evening News at his mansion yesterday, Mr Hide said he did not want to comment on the drug allegations other than to say that he had never sold drugs.
He said that men claiming to be boxing promoters and wanting to set up a fight in Dubai had approached him at his home.
Mr Hide said he then met the men at the Sprowston Manor Hotel where he claimed he was asked about fixing a fight and how much it would cost.
He told the Norwich Evening News: “I’m thinking it would take at least £1m. They wanted me to arrange it.”
He added: “I told them to put £1m into my account and we will start talking.
“I spoke to my mum and dad and said these people want me to set up a boxing match.
“My mum and dad said, tell them to go to hell.”
The boxer said that he had never rigged fights before and was playing along with the ‘promoters’.
“I could never fix a boxing match,” he said. “I knew it was a con so I was trying to con them as well.”
He compared the situation he had been caught up in to a Hollywood movie and said he was shocked at the story.
Mr Hide added: “Why can’t they get somebody with a cleaner image? Who will be surprised at Herbie?”
The former fighter has been involved in court cases and last year Tafadzwa Khan, 25, was stabbed to death at Mr Hide’s home while the boxer was out.
A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “We have been handed information in the form of two short sections of video concerning alleged drug activity.
“The police are examining this and working with the provider of the information to investigate the full circumstances.”