The light heavyweight division could catch fire in the coming months.
Dan Azeez won the British title in style last year when he stopped Hosea Burton and defended it with a solid performance against Shakan Pitters last month.
Azeez intends to take on the best of the exciting light heavyweight division in the UK. He is targeting a local derby with fellow Londoner Joshua Buatsi within the next year.
“Dan has something that I don’t think anyone else has in the lightweight division with his style,” promoter Ben Shalom said. sky sports. “He’s a great addition to an incredible division.
“He would like to fight Joshua Buatsi in the next 12 months. Rocky Fielding, Callum Johnson, Lyndon Arthur, one of them will be his next opponent.”
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom thinks Azeez is a threat to anyone in the weight class, especially after spending weeks fighting Artur Beterbiev, the unified light-heavyweight champion who is considered the best fighter in the world in this division by the Transnational Boxing Rankings, a neutral rating system.
“The good thing initially with Dan was that people underestimated him and so people were fighting him. I think now people have seen now, his performance against Shakan Pitters, which should have been an extremely tough fight , proved quite comfortable for him, I felt,” Shalom said.
“It’s a serious problem in the light-heavyweight division. He dated Beterbiev and is obviously now with Buddy [McGirt, who has joined Brian O’Shaughnessy as one of his trainers]I don’t see a challenge he won’t take up.
“We would love the Lyndon Arthur fight next, however, we feel like Lyndon maybe doesn’t want that fight next, or at least doesn’t want to take it now and that’s a huge compliment to Dan Azeez. I think 12 months ago, Lyndon would have walked into this fight with no problem.
“[Dan] wants the big nights, he wants the Rocky Fieldings, he wants the Callum Johnsons, we think Yarde and Buatsi might be a little out of reach for us to do right now but that’s what we’re talking about now.