Just seven wins into his professional career, Adam Azim is being touted to go onto superstardom in the sport of boxing.
The super lightweight from Slough won his first fight via points before going on a run of six stoppages, all of which came in the first, second, or third round.
His eye-catching style and apparent ability to throw a power punch from whatever angle he chooses has many on the domestic scene expecting big things as he makes his mark at European and then world level.
One man who can’t praise him enough is former European super bantamweight champion turned pundit, Spencer Oliver.
Oliver told Boxing Social that, with the trajectory Azim is on, comparisons to British greats like Amir Khan and ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed were warranted.
“I said this in November after his victory over Rylan Charlton. That was the yard stick for me. That was the one that was going to tell me just how good he is, where he was at in his development. The way that he finished that contest, and as quick as he finished it, you know he’s the real deal.”
“Once a while we get a talent that comes along that’s special. We had it with Naseem Hamed back in the nineties. More recently we had it with Amir Khan, and this kid is on that sort of path. I think he’s as good as that. He could be the next superstar of British boxing without a doubt.”
Oliver went into more detail on his comparisons, picking key attributes of each man and applying them to the 20-year-old’s game.
“I see the speed of Amir Khan in Adam Azim, and the angles and shot selection of Naseem Hamed. He throws shots from unusual angles and he’s got that one punch knockout power. He’s got it all. He’s got the boxing IQ, he’s got the ring craft. He’s a complete package, and you don’t get that often.
The only think that we don’t know about him – we ain’t seen him tested. That’s because he’s that good, and you ain’t gonna find that out until he steps up to that level. He’s now 20 years of age, wants to win a world title before he’s 22, wants to win the European title by the summer.”
Azim returns to the ring this weekend to face the unbeaten Santos Reyes from Nicaragua, live on Sky Sports broadcast from Wembley Arena.