Adam Azim endured the toughest test of his career to date with a thrilling second-round KO victory over Rylan Charlton.
Charlton was touted as an important forward for Azim, but the 20-year-old defeated a stubborn opponent twice in the first round at Alexandra Palace, ending the fight early in the second round.
Azim is 7-0 in his fledgling professional career, finishing all but his debut at distance.
The performance only added to the extra hype for the ultra-lightweight division, and trainer Shane McGuigan later reiterated his belief that Azim was the most talented boxer he had ever coached.
“Obviously I was very enthusiastic on the first lap, but Shane told me to relax and I was able to hit some shots.”
“It’s definitely a big deal,” said Azim. “I knew he was there on the first lap and Shane told me to stay calm and shoot.
When his right hand knocked Charlton off balance, Azim had less than 30 seconds to fire a warning shot.
He then dodged Charlton’s attempt to the foothold and a well-timed pair of left hands put the Norfolk fighters on the back foot.
Charlton, who crouched and tried to survive, was hit on the head with his right hand and did not land cleanly, but he did a lot of damage. Azim then finally landed a clean right hook, sending Charlton to the canvas. He got to his feet with less than 10 seconds left in the round, but that was enough time for Azim to land another knockdown with a vicious left hand, and only Bell ensured the fight continued. However, the rest was short-lived as Azim ended the contest with a brutal right hand in the top 40 seconds of the second round.
The 20-year-old climbed through his ropes and hugged his mother after successfully performing his signature backflip, later dedicating his victory to her. “I am always there,” added Azim. “When I came here, Shane always told me to relax. I was really angry and I just wanted to get in the ring and fight!”
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