Originally Posted by True_Hero
Because other than possibly Kelly, Barrera was the only top boxer Naseem ever fought. He got his arse kicked and he didn't have the heart to continue.
Naseem was a 2nd tier boxer. End of story. He had a career fighting other 2nd and 3rd tier boxers and the only 1st tier opponents he had were Barrera and Kelly. He didn't have the heart to fight a real opponent again.
This is a very good post except for the fact that Kelly was not 1st tier(except, of course, if it's a very weak era) by the time Hamed fought him as he'd been stopped once and drawn with 2 times in the 2 1/2 years before the Hamed fight by fellows that weren't world beaters themselves.