By James Slater
Various news outlets have reported how Britain’s Herbie Hide, a former two-time WBO heavyweight champion, has been jailed for 22-months for selling cocaine. Reportedly Hide, known in his prime as “The Dancing Destroyer,” fell victim to a sting operation set up by a tabloid. Hide supplied drugs to an undercover investigative journalist in the months of January and February of this year.
In court, Hide’s defence questioned the legality of entrapment tactics the 42-year-old fighter from Norwich fell victim to, and the nature of Hide’s being set up led to his relatively short sentence of 22-months (recall how the once-great Michael Nunn was handed a far, far stiffer sentence for selling drugs a number of years ago).
Hide, a gifted fighter in his prime years, was never a big heavyweight yet he went in with top names such as Riddick Bowe, Tony Tucker and Vitali Klitschko. After turning pro in 1989, Hide defeated Michael Bentt to win the WBO crown in 1994, and then, after being stopped by Bowe in 1995, Hide beat a faded Tucker to regain the WBO belt in ’97.
Hide last boxed as a cruiserweight in the April 2010 edition of Prizefighter, winning a 3-round decision before exiting the tournament due to cuts. Hide’s final ring record reads 49-4 with 43 KOs.