Adam Azim will be aiming to win the first major title of his professional career on Saturday night when he challenges for the European super lightweight title.
Azim (9-0, 6 KO’s) came face to face with the champion, France’s Franck Petitjean, at today’s final press conference and the exciting prospect spelled out just how determined he is to win the prestigious belt.
“I’m taking that European title,” he said. “If I break my hand or if I get a cut, I don’t care. I’m taking it with both hands. I’m not here to joke about.”
The unbeaten 21 year old can become the fastest British fighter to ever win European title by beating Petitjean. In 1997, Spencer Oliver won the bantamweight belt in just his eleventh fight. Azim turned professional three years ago and this will be just his tenth professional appearance.
“It's a massive achievement. For a British Pakistani too. If I do win it - and win it in style just like Spencer did - then it’d be good to be the fastest guy to win it.”
After a string of spectacular early stoppages, Azim has been forced to complete the ten round distance in each of his appearances this year, both Santos Reyes and Aram Faniian providing stubborn resistance. The rounds will have provided Azim with invaluable ring time and experience but Petitjean is almost certain to fight with more ambition and in doing so he may just open himself up to Azim’s lightening quick attacks. Azim doesn’t feel like he needs anything special to beat Petitjean and is aiming to end the year with another quick finish.
“[I win] Just by being myself to be honest,” he said. “In my last fight I had a tough opponent but I’m a different person now and a different fighter. I’ve had great sparring, great nutrition and everything’s gone so well. I’m taking that European title back to Slough.
“I definitely want to make a massive statement. I don’t wanna be going out of that ring just winning the European title. I wanna win it by knockout.”