Adam Azim Captures European Title in Dominant Style
On Saturday, November 18, Adam Azim (10-0, 7 KOs) continued his impressive unbeaten professional fight career, with a dominant win over Franck Petitjean (24-7-3, 6 KOs) at The Halls in Wolverhampton, England. The EBU European super lightweight Championship fight co-headlined the BOXXER card broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and Peacock in the U.S.
In the co-main event of the evening, Tyler Denny (18-2-3, 1 KOs) won in dominant style against Matteo Signani (32-7-3, 12 KOs) for the European middleweight title via an eighth-round stoppage.
Adam Azim Cruises to Impressive Win
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Azim Earns European Title in Impressive Style
Azim started fast and established himself well, and his lightning-hand speed clearly troubled his opponent from the first bell. His slick footwork ensured he stayed out of trouble, and he systematically stepped up his intensity and showed great variety in his punches. Petitjohn landed the occasional left hook to the body, but Azim walked through them.
As the fight approached the middle rounds, “The Assasin” landed a beautifully timed left hook, forcing Petitjohn to the canvas. Even though he beat the canvas, Azim continued to dominate – his French opponent until the tenth round, when the Slough-born fighter wore his opponent down and forced the stoppage from a well-timed uppercut.
Tyler Denny Wins European Middleweight Title
Denny started well, gaining success early from his accurate jab. Through the opening rounds, Denny controlled the distance well and kept moving, which didn’t suit Signani. The Italian fighter kept coming forward, but the Wordsley-born fighter boxed diligently behind his jab while putting together good combinations. Signani showed in round five – he was still in the fight by rocking Denny towards the end of the round.
Through the middle rounds, Denny’s footwork and ability to pick his punches saw him dominate. Nursing a nasty cut above his eye – Signani’s corner were too slow in putting the gum shield in their fighter, forcing the referee to wave off the contest.
Post-fight Quotes from Azim Victory
In the ring following the fight, Azim was full of joy: “I am feeling so amazing.” He went on to pay respect to his opponent by saying: “He was really tough.”
Despite the impressive win, Azim teased there is more to come: “This was a learning fight for me.”
Promoter Ben Shalom said after the fight, he was “very proud” of his fighter, before telling him “he’s a special, special talent.”
Post-fight Quotes from Denny Victory
Denny was delighted after the fight, and when asked about the fight he said: “This is the best. I loved it all week.”
When asked if this is one for the underdogs, Denny said: “I’m lost for words.” He quickly composed himself and asked: “Where’s Eubank?”
Promotor Ben Shalom said: “It’s a special story.” “He boxed like a true European champion.”
He continued: “Eubank vs. Denny sounds good.”
Wolves at the Door Undercard
Richard Riakporhe (17-0, 13 KOs) dispatched Dylan Bregeon (13-5-1, 3 KOs), also in impressive fashion, winning their cruiserweight clash via second-round TKO.
Rhys Edwards (15-0, 4 KOs) was victorious in his featherweight fight against Brad Foster (15-3-2, 5 KOs) with the referee scoring the bout 97-94.
Robin Zamora (21-24, 10 KOs) defeated Dylan Cheema (9-2, 2 KOs) with the referee scoring the fight 59-56.
Gully Powar (7-0, 1 KO) impressed in his victory over Engel Gomez (8-20-2, 4 KOs) winning their super featherweight clash, with the referee scoring the fight 40-36.
Tion Gibbs (10-1-1, 0 KOs) fought out an entertaining draw with Efstathios Antonas (5-2-2, 1 KO) in their – super lightweight contest.