SOURCE: Adam Azim Picks Up Injury In Santos Reyes Win, Return Delayed

SOURCE: Adam Azim Picks Up Injury In Santos Reyes Win, Return Delayed

Adam Azim’s Second Round Knockdown Cost Him Another Fight Date

A source has confirmed to NoSmokeSport that Adam Azim did injure his right hand in Saturday night’s win over Santos Reyes as heavily rumored. 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.

A fractured scaphoid is a break in one of the small bones in the wrist and isn’t a major injury, but it is likely to keep him out of the ring until after Ramadan. NSS understands that the aim was for Azim to return to the ring next month, before Ramadan, as part of his 5 planned fights for the year but now that is unlikely to happen.

Azim will instead return after Ramadan in June and will probably have four contests this year, instead of the scheduled five. The 20-year-old wants to go the traditional route winning British, Commonwealth and European titles.

Dalton Smith is the British champion and defends his title on Feb 18; it’s safe to say that fight won’t happen at least for now, Azim’s team were in advanced negotiations to face Commonwealth titleist Sam Maxwell for Feb 11 but that bout fell through. The European title holder is undefeated Scandanavian Enock Poulsen (12-0) who is understood to be a target opponent for Azim by the end of 2023.

Before settling on Santos Reyes, several British fighters were offered the Azim fight for Feb 11 including ex Dalton Smith foe Ray Moylette. Moylette turned down the fight citing the short notice as the reason, but after yesterday, he called out Azim stating he was ready for a contest later this year.

‘The Assassin’ showed us something different on Saturday night – tremendous boxing ability in addition to the overwhelming speed and power fans are accustomed to. The consensus is to see Azim step up again against domestic opposition with ex Smith opponents Moylette and Kaisee Benjamin called for. A fight with either of those two would be intriguing and see Adam Azim attempt to one up his rival Smiths’ performances.

By Darshan Desai