Ahead of Adam Azim’s headline show at the OVO Arena Wembley tomorrow night, we take a look at why he is regarded as the next star of British Boxing.
For the second show in succession, Boxxer have put faith in young Adam Azim to headline his own card. Fighting the relatively unknown but undefeated Santos Reyes (12-0, 3 KOs), Azim takes centre stage on Sky Sports once again.
So much hype surrounds the hot prospect with many tipping him to be a future World Champion. The excitement about the 20 year old Super Light Weight fighter from Slough draws similarities to that of Prince Naseem and Amir Khan. Azim would like to surpass the later by winning a world title by the age of 22 and becoming the next British-Pakistani boxing superstar.
Azim made his Professional debut in December 2020 in a points win over fellow Brit Ed Harrison. It has been his performances since then that have turned heads though with devastating knock out after knock out in the 6 fights that have since followed. He has not been short of plaudits either with many experts in the game tipping him for stardom.
Azim has all the attributes you look for in a great fighter with speed, power and accuracy. He also has a devastating left hook in his arsenal. Matching him up at this level is going to prove difficult so he may well be catapulted to world level very quickly as you may not see them lining up at domestic level to put their titles on the line against him!
Adam “The Assassin” Azim (7-0, 6 KOs) was tipped for stardom early on as he boasted an impressive amateur record of 35 wins out of 40 fights before Ben Shalom snapped him up. His trainer, Shane McGuigan, claimed “he is the most talented fighter I’ve worked with” in an interview with Sky Sports. This in itself adds fuel to the fire of his potential as Shane has worked with many great boxers in his career such as David Haye, Josh Taylor, Carl Frampton, George Groves and Lawrence Okolie.
Azim already has a solid fan base too. His fights sell well and the name is getting more recognisable, with a media presence growing. He recently shone in an interview on Talk Sport breakfast with former Crystal Palace owner and boxing fan Simon Jordan saying how impressed he was with the young fighter. Jordan claimed “He will be a superstar in the ring and as he develops, he will probably be a superstar outside of the ring”.
In an undefeated fighter, maybe Azim faces his toughest test to date this weekend when he takes on Reyes but many said this about Rylan Charlton. That, with all due respect to Charlton, was an easy nights work for Azim with a brutal knock out in the 2nd round. It would be nice to see Adam taken a few more rounds and asked a few more questions but it is difficult to see anyone on this level coming close to him!
In an interview with The Daily Mail this week, Azim mapped out his plans for this year by saying ‘I’ve got five fights again this year so I’m going to be on a busy schedule, and I want to be grabbing these titles with both hands. This year, it’s strap season for me, the Commonwealth, European, domestic titles as well, and even the world title level.
By Lee Browne
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