Azim vs Petitjean Undercard: WBO #1 Richard Riakporhe, European Title Fight And MORE

Azim vs Petitjean Undercard: WBO #1 Richard Riakporhe, European Title Fight And MORE

  • Adam Azim Will Meet France’s Franck Petitjean On Nov 18
  • Azim vs Petitjean Headlines A BOXXER Show In Wolverhampton
  • Richard Riakporhe Now Confirmed For The Azim vs Petitjean Undercard

Adam Azim (9-0, 6 KO’s) and Franck Petitjean (24-6-3, 6 KO’s) collide in the main event as BOXXER heads to Wolverhampton on Saturday, November 18th, live and exclusively on Sky Sports

The European Super Lightweight title clash is a near-sellout at the 3,000-capacity ‘The Halls’ as 21-year-old, world-ranked Azim stays active with a third outing in 2023 following five bouts in 2022.

35-year-old Petitjean had a rocky start to his career losing four times at 4/6/8 round level in his first 17 fights and drawing twice.

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The French southpaw has had an excellent second half though, winning 13 out of his last 16 contests, whilst claiming the French, WBC Francophone, European Union and European titles.

Azim has had a quick progression but injuries have slowed him down this year. He now goes into a fight for his first significant title as a big favourite as he hopes to navigate toward a world title shot in 2025.

Azim vs Petitjean Undercard

European Middleweight Champion Matteo Signani (32-6-3, 12 KO’s) will defend his title against the Black Country’s own Tyler Denny (17-2, 3 KO’s), who hails from nearby Birmingham and will have an enormous wolfpack of supporters behind him when he enters the ring. 

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Denny has won five fights since his last defeat in 2019 including four undefeated opponents. All of those came on points with Macaulay McGowan and River Wilson-Bent extending him to split decisions.

The 32-year-old has cleaned up at English title level and now challenges a very beatable 44-year-old Signani. Signani is at the very end of his career and on Nov 18 a loss may very well send him into retirement.

The WBO #1 Richard Riakporhe warms up against France’s Dylan Bregeon as he awaits a shot at Chris Billam-Smith in the first half of 2024.

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Bregeon lost a points decision to British champion Isaac Chamberlain over eight rounds in June and isn’t expected to provide Riakporhe too many problems but will help him shake the ring rust off after ten months out of the ring and a second major stalling in his career.

Wales’ Rhys Edwards and Walsall’s former British and Commonwealth Champion Brad Foster will meet in a fan-friendly 10-round Featherweight clash.

Foster has only had one six-rounder since his defeat to Ionut Baluta at York Hall last year. This marks a big step-up for Edwards, who has never been scheduled for more than six rounds.

Local stars Dylan Cheema, Nyall Berry, Gully Power and Tion Gibbs get their chance to shine on the YouTube portion of the show.

Petitjean vs Azim Start Time, TV Channel, Ring Walks

TV Channel: Sky Sports

UK Time: 7:00 pm BST (2 pm ET/ 11 am PT)

Ring Walks: 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET/ 2:00 pm PT)

By Darshan Desai