- Britain’s Best Prospect Adam Azim Will Reschedule His Fight With Aram Faniian
- The Bout Should Help Him Secure A European Ranking En Route To A Title Shot
- Azim vs Faniian Will Take Place On The Sep 2 Smith vs Eubank 2 Undercard
NoSmokeSport.com has learnt that highly-rated prospect Adam Azim (8-0, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Continental title against the reigning IBO International champion, Ukraine’s Aram Faniian (22-1, 4 KOs).
The bout is a reschedule of a June headliner which Azim was forced to pull out of due to injury. His ring return is now set for the Sep 2nd Eubank-Smith undercard at the AO Arena in Manchester, England, Live on Sky Sports Box Office.
More details here – Adam Azim vs Aram Fanyan Joins the Smith vs Eubank 2 Card
Both the original fight and the postponement were first reported by NoSmokeSport.
Azim will take the co-feature slot on a card that includes Frazer Clarke, Ben Whittaker, Florian Marku and the British Super Middleweight title fight between Mark Heffron and Jack Cullen.
Adam Azim Faces Faniian For European Ranking
Both Azim and Faniian’s trinket belts will be on the line with Azim now also world-ranked with the WBA at #11. Faniian doesn’t hold a world ranking but is #11 with the EBU 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 but 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 back-to-back injuries and a performance which was less explosive than we’re used to seeing from the 22-year-old.