Adam Azim is able to defend his newly-won European super-lightweight title earlier than he strikes as much as world stage.
Azim gained the championship final month with a consummate efficiency to defeat Franck Petitjean inside 10 rounds in Wolverhampton and expects to field once more early in 2024, with Denmark’s Enock Poulsen his obligatory challenger.
“I do know he [Poulsen] is an efficient opponent, he is a skilful fighter however I do not suppose he hits very exhausting. I feel he is extra of successful and transfer [type fighter.] He was the EBU [super-lightweight champion] earlier than so it is good to get a reputation like that,” Azim advised Sky Sports activities.
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The unbeaten Dane did win the identical European title, towards the identical opponent, Petitjean, as Azim.
However the Briton declared: “I gained it so much simpler than he did.
Watch footage from contained in the ropes of Azim’s blistering stoppage win as he grew to become European champion
“The scorecards have been shut. I finished Franck Petitjean he could not. It exhibits the degrees I am at.”
Nonetheless solely 21, however now with the added accountability of defending his title, 2024 appears to be like set to be a very powerful yr but for Azim. The fighter from Slough understands that however believes he’s but to point out his full potential.
“Preserve energetic, defend the title after which struggle in Slough, can be my objective,” he mentioned of his rapid targets.
Azim needs to be world champion in 2024 after profitable the European super-lightweight title towards Franck Petitjean in Wolverhampton
“There’s nonetheless heaps to enhance, that is not the perfect of me. Ultimately once I grow old you will note the extent I’m at.”
He intends to keep up this fee of exercise and goals to proceed shifting up at school within the super-lightweight division. The likes of Harlem Eubank and America’s Keyshawn Davis stay targets.
The cousin of Chris Eubank Jr, Harlem is unbeaten in 19 professional fights. Most just lately he stopped Timo Schwarzkopf.
Azim says his win over Petitjean to turn out to be European champion takes him to the subsequent stage and feels it was his most ‘mature’ efficiency but
“Harlem Eubank needs to struggle Conor Benn [right now] however finally that struggle will occur,” Azim mentioned.
American expertise Davis has already traded verbal barbs with Azim on social media. However the Briton warned: “I do not suppose he might deal with the velocity and energy. I am lightning quick, he would not see the pictures coming in my view.”
At some point Azim does wish to field in the US however he additionally has desires of competing in one of many UK’s most well-known stadiums first.
Highlights of Azim’s dominant win by TKO over Petitjean in 10 rounds
“My objective is to struggle at Anfield. I wish to constantly struggle in stadiums and hold promoting them out. Stadiums are simply superb atmospheres. When we’ve got two massive names, we are able to make that occur someday,” he mentioned.
Solely 21 years outdated, already the European champion, Azim’s journey will proceed subsequent yr.