Following another impressive stoppage victory over Rylan Charlton, British boxing fans are starting to get excited at the potential of super-lightweight prospect, Adam Azim.
After five stoppage victories in 2022, Azim has won the BBC Sport ‘Young Fighter of the Year’ award, as well as being named as Boxing News’ Prospect of the Year.
Azim will now headline for a second time, as he tops the bill of Boxxer’s February 11th show at the OVO Wembley Arena in London.
Also on display is the ever-popular Viddal Riley (7-0), who looks to have his career back on track with regular fights, following a stop-start beginning to his promising career.
Riley was out of action for almost two years going into his fight with Willbeforce Shadipo back in February, but three fights in 2022 look to have proven the intent of the cruiserweight prospect, who defeated Chris Billam-Smith in the amateurs.
Riley will square off against a familiar face in Anees Taj (7-2), who appeared on the Boxxer Series cruiserweight tournament back in May. Taj lost to eventual runner-up, Ricky Reeves, but has since gone on to win two fights and will be looking to pull off the upset at the OVO Arena.
Meanwhile, Tyler Denny (15-2-3) did pull off an upset in his last fight, outpointing the highly-rated Bradley Rea in November. Denny will make his second defence of the English middleweight title, as he takes on ‘The Newquay Bomb’, Brad Pauls (16-0) in what could be the fight of the night.
It shouldn’t be long before Denny is looking towards a challenge for the British title against current holder Felix Cash. However, Pauls is as game as they come and will be looking to halt Denny’s aspirations in an all-out war.
Caroline Dubois (5-0) has laid out her intentions of fighting for a world title in 2023, and she will be looking for a statement win against Argentina’s Yamila Belen Abellaneda, to prove that she is ready to make the step up.
Dubois has knocked out all four of her opponents since her debut last February and is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting women in the game. However, Abellaneda will take some stopping, going the distance in all five of her career defeats.
Finally, Azim (7-0) will take centre stage, as he aims to win a world title faster than his idol, Amir Khan. The British boxing legend won the WBA super-lightweight title at 22-years-old, with Azim already twenty, he has no time to waste, and will start 2023 by taking on his first undefeated opponent.
The man trying to stop the Azim hype train, is Nicaragua’s Santos Reyes (12-0). ‘Starboy’ will fight outside of his native country for the first time as he heads to Wembley Arena, but with just three stoppages to his name, he could struggle to deal with the power of Azim, who looks to be as deadly of a finisher as any 20-year-old in the sport.
The event will air live on Sky Sports on February 11th, with tickets now available, as Britain’s hottest prospect seeks to destroy yet another opponent and have the current world champions looking over their shoulders.