Adam Azim Will Face The Much More Experienced Faniian In His Third Consecutive Headliner
It’s another Adam Azim headliner and it’s another big step up.
NoSmokeSport.com has learnt that highly-rated prospect Adam Azim (8-0, 6 KOs) is finalizing a deal to defend his WBA Continental title against the reigning IBO International champion, Ukraine’s Aram Faniian (22-1, 4 KOs) in his ring return on June 10th at the 1,200-capacity historic York Hall, London, Live on Sky Sports.
Both Azim and Faniian’s trinket belts will be on the line with Azim now also world-ranked with the WBA at #14. Faniian doesn’t hold a world ranking but is #11 in the EBU rankings and beating him will earn Azim the ranking he needs to be able to challenge for the European Super Lightweight title.
After a tremendous 2022, which included 5 KO victories in 5 fights all inside three rounds, Azim, who is sometimes labelled as Britain’s best prospect, took on fellow undefeated Santos Reyes. A dangerous South American who extended Azim the full 10-round distance.
Azim suffered a fractured scaphoid when he dropped the Nicaraguan in the second round and fought with that injury for the remainder of the contest. This injury scuppered plans to return to the ring in March ut wasn’t as bad as experts first thought.
26-year-old Faniian’s sole defeat in his 9-year career comes at the hands of little-known Mexican Rene Tellez Giron in 2019. Faniian has fought 25 of his bouts out of his native Ukraine with his latest bout in Germany against Timo Schwarzkopf to win the IBO international.
A vastly more experienced fighter, Faniian marks another jump in levels for Azim and sees him take on a different kind of test, especially after coming off an injury and a performance which was less explosive than we’re used to seeing from the 21-year-old.