Dan Azeez: Anthony Yarde, Joshua Buatsi, Craig Richards? “Throw me in there anytime!” | boxing news

Britain’s top light heavyweights must fight, insists Dan Azeez.

Azeez is determined to do competitive fights himself. That’s why Saturday, live on sky sportshe puts the British title on the line against former champion Shakan Pitters, a huge six-foot-six heavyweight.

“I said when I won the British title that I wanted to fight someone everyone thought was worthy,” Azeez said. sky sports.

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The Londoner won the belt in a thrilling fight with Hosea Burton. “Hosea was a former British champion trying to get double. Shakan is going to come with the same energy and hopefully it will be a good fight,” Azeez said.

“When I fight, I want it to be fights against credible people. I won it against a credible fighter, I want to defend it against a credible fighter.

“I think that’s the meaning of being a true champion. You stand up for what’s yours.”

The Catford man is small and light himself. Pitters will dominate him in the ring.

“It’s a task, but it’s a task that I enjoy,” Azeez said. “With me, I’m used to fighting tall people. I started training with people like Lawrence Okolie [now a cruiserweight world champion]. He’s about the same size and I’ve played hundreds of games with him.

“A lot of people I train, they’re quite tall, so I’m used to it. There are ways. I won’t divulge my strategy now, but it can be done.

“I want to see how he is in the trenches. I want him to take me to the trenches too. Once the smoke clears, let’s see who’s still there.

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“This is the kind of fight I look forward to.”

London alone has a plethora of lightweights and heavyweights at title level. Anthony Yarde holds the Commonwealth belt, for which Azeez-Pitters is also an eliminator. Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards are both former British champions.

“We all need each other to build our names. We can all fight people no one knows, etc. But I think what really defines us is our dance partners. So I think we all have to mix things up,” says Azez.

“We had Buatsi and Craig, it was a great fight. Lyndon [Arthur] and Yarde. I got Hosea, I’ll fight Shakan next.

“I think we all need each other to create a legacy, to make people [think] those times were bad. Look at Benn, Eubank and Watson, those are just three fighters in this division that everyone is still talking about. We have about 8 to 10 good light heavyweights. South East London, we have me, Craig, Buatsi. I think we all need each other to make this a defining time.

“It will happen. We are all going to mix things up. We have to do it.

“We all have to do it,” he continued. “Almost everyone has won the British title, Callum Johnson has won it, Callum Smith has won it, Buatsi has won it, I have won it, Shakan has won it, most of us. the best in Britain. So why not put it all on the line. I would love for us to have a tournament.

“Throw me in there anytime, I don’t mind.

Buatsi, Yarde and Richards have all fought at world level, something Azeez has yet to do. But he had a lot of time in the ring with the best on the planet.

He spent a month as a key sparring partner for fearsome unified light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev before his last fight, when he beat Joe Smith to add the WBO belt to the WBC and IBF titles he already held.

“He’s as brutal as you see in his fights on fight night,” Azeez said. “Crazy puncher. When I got there, there were about eight sparring partners. In a week it was about me and one other person, maybe two more.

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“I’ve never gone to watch anyone train and everything is so structured. From everything, he’s very, very disciplined,” Azeez added. “He also gave me advice, in the ring, while we were training, as well as outside. He was also quite a joker character.

“He’s such a nice guy outside the ring too. It’s crazy because he’s like a demon in the ring and an angel outside.”

Azeez intends to take those lessons into this fight. “When I saw at that level they practice certain things over and over again, it’s very annoying. But when you see them acting on fight night, at a tee, you’re like wow, okay , that’s what you have to do to do well,” he said.

“One of the things that Artur told me, as much as he’s a brutal puncher, he really wants to be a good boxer. ‘But you knock everybody out, what do you care ?’ He’s like no, that’s why he’s always training, always in the gym, trying to work on technique.

“There is no perfection. You have to work towards perfection, but there is no perfection. You just have to keep working.”

Dan Azeez fights Shakan Pitters on the Liam Smith vs Hassan Mwakinyo bill this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm and Sky Sports Main Event at 9.30pm.

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