Adam Azim, the brand new European champion, has hit again at necessary challenger Enock Poulsen.
Poulsen, an undefeated super-lightweight from Denmark, used to carry the EBU title which Azim gained on Saturday. He insists he’ll recapture the belt from the Briton.
However after taking out Franck Petitjean to win the championship, Azim has dismissed Poulsen’s declare.
“He fought Petitjean and he did not cease him and it was a little bit of a better combat. With me I ended him and it exhibits my degree as properly,” the Slough fighter instructed Sky Sports activities. “I am up there at world degree.
“I’ve acquired the stoppage, it exhibits him as properly that I am a menace.”
Azim did make an announcement with the brutal show he delivered over 10 rounds to halt Petitjean and relieve the Frenchman of the European title.
“His supervisor got here as much as me and stated he stated: ‘He is the quickest and strongest man I’ve ever fought’ and I am the one man to cease him in 9 years,” the 21-year-old defined.
A superb physique shot initially dropped Petitjean within the fifth spherical. “I did not throw it exhausting. It simply naturally went,” Azim stated.
The Frenchman managed to proceed for 5 extra rounds although. “He is acquired some toughness,” the Briton stated.
“What I did fallacious was I rushed my stoppage, I attempted to get the stoppage so early. I stood my floor. I knew the stoppage was coming, I knew it was most likely going to return in 9 or 10. I used to be breaking him down and it was like an enormous beatdown as properly.
“[At the finish] I threw an uppercut and he simply went down. I believe he felt the facility, the velocity and he knew it was a beatdown. So it was good,” he added.
“I wished to win it by knockout and I did that.”
‘Slough first. Las Vegas can wait’
Azim has gained a major championship at a younger age. Gathering that belt in simply his tenth professional bout additionally makes him the quickest English fighter to win that title.
“It feels so nice. It is a massive large second for me and my household. Huge as much as Spencer Oliver [who won the European in 11 bouts], he held the title for years and he was so blissful that I gained the title myself,” Azim stated.
It units him up for an enormous 2024. However earlier than chasing world titles and main fights in America, he needs to headline in his hometown stadium.
“Positively Slough soccer membership, undoubtedly that,” he stated of his future targets. “There’s by no means been a boxing match there, so it might be good.
“Slough first. Las Vegas can wait, I do not care how lengthy that may take, however Slough first.”