Adam Azim doesn’t need to hold back on his way to the top, says promoter Ben Shalom.
For a fighter who is only 20 years old, Azim should have all the time in the world. But the rising prospect is ready to rush. He sees a fighter like Devin Haney, just 23 years old, at the top of the lightweight division and wants to reach that level.
“For sure it’s motivation, but I feel a bit frustrated,” Shalom said. Sky Sports News.
“He wants to be talked about in this installment and I think 12 months from now we’ll be talking about him in this installment.”
To achieve this, it would have to be moved quickly and on Saturdays, live on sky sportshe will be paired with Belgium’s Anthony Loffet for the first scheduled 10-round fight of his career.
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His promoter, however, doesn’t expect the fight to last that long.
“Every time he comes in, he knocks them out. I’d like to see him go the distance. I’d like to see him get tested. I can’t say I expect this fight. I think that he is going to show reminds us how fast he is, how powerful he is at weight,” Shalom said.
“At this weight, he’s terrific. He fights middleweight. He fights middleweight with big, big power and gets on with it.”
Azim shares this expectation. He stopped Conner Marsden in record time in his last fight and could do it again against Loffet.
“I did not force this blow [against Marsden]. This blow has just landed. I saw the opportunity, I hit him and he fell. When I fight this Saturday, if that shot comes back or I land on him, then obviously I think he’ll go down,” he said.
Nevertheless, he promises that he prepared for the full 10 rounds, if necessary. “It’s not pressure. I’ve done 10 four-round fights,” Azim said. “I believe I’m fit for any number of rounds. I’m ready.”
He came face to face with Loffet in public training on Thursday.
“I looked him in the eye, I show him in his face that I’m here, I’m here to win. And he’s here to win too, don’t forget that. You can’t disrespect your opponent. You also have to respect your opponent because he is here. All my opponents, I respect them because they are very good fighters. All the opponents who are sent to fight, I respect them,” Azim said.
“This is the start of my journey, this is the first of a long series,” he continued.
“Whenever that happens, let’s see if I’m ready to take the world level route when I get up there in my career. But right now it’s Saturday night and that’s what I have to work on. .”
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