Adam Azim thinks ‘he can take’ former world champion George Kambosos over the next 12 months | boxing news

Adam Azim intends to continue his rapid rise through the boxing ranks as he targets a fight with former unified world champion George Kambosos within the next 12 months.

“I think I might take it in a year or something, whenever Shane [McGuigan, his trainer] think it’s right,” said Azim sky sports.

“I don’t even mind,” he continued. “Because I know how to beat him. That would be a good name. Because he was a world champion.”

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Adam Azim stopped Anthony Loffet in the first round and celebrated with a back flip

Australian Kambosos beat Teofimo Lopez last year in a stunning upset. However, Devin Haney sent him off last month to become the undisputed lightweight world champion.

“The way George Kambosos came into this fight was not a good game plan,” Azim noted. [Devin] Haney took it off pretty easily,” he added.

The Brit will turn 20 on Thursday but he is determined to reach world level as soon as possible.

“Two more years I could be world champion, a year and a half you never know because I want to become champion at a young age and keep developing,” Azim said.

“It’s a task, it’s a challenge and it’s a step-by-step process. I believe using that as motivation will push me to train more.”

“I can reach the top,” concluded the rising star.

It’s an ambitious plan, but not implausible. Shane McGuigan has already identified Azim as the most talented boxer he has ever trained. It’s a distinction that Azim now wants to live up to. Rather than just seeing it as praise, he described it as “a challenge” to him.

Talking about his trainer at sky sports, Azim expressed what McGuigan’s statement means to him, saying, “He believes in me. I believe in me. For Shane to say I’m one of his best talents in the gym, I’m progressing. For me, it means a lot to me and I use it as motivation.”

Azim has delivered so far in the awards ring. In his last fight, he stopped Anthony Loffet in 66 seconds. In his previous fight, he was exceptional, knocking out Connor Marsden in just 30 seconds.

Marsden was a seasoned amateur himself and came back from his loss to Azim to beat Mickey O’Rourke in a 10-round Southern Region title fight earlier this month. This makes Azim’s result against him even better.

“He’s fine, honestly. When I went to that fight, everyone was like, ‘This is a big step up, this is a big step up. But I knew for a fact in my heart that it wasn’t really a step forward for me. It’s just a process of getting better and better. Every fight I have fought is a step forward,” recalls Azim.

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Adam Azim lays down Conor Marsden in 12 seconds to win their lightweight contest with promoter Ben Shalom describing him as the most talented prospect in the country.

“I just felt normal, I took this fight like a normal fight. I had trained really hard, I knew full well that if I hit him clean anywhere I knew I would have knocked him out or stopped him But hats off to him, respect for him standing up. [doing] Alright now.”

Azim enters his fights with a search and destroy mentality.

“When I go to the ring, I’m locked in, I’m focused. I ignore everything around me.

“My goal is just to get this win by knockout, but obviously in style and using my IQ in a smart way. So I’m trying to develop ways to get the punches in, to knock him out,” he explained.

“I still have a lot to prove. Every day you learn. When I retire I want to know that I’ve done a lot, that’s when I’ll say I did.

“I know I’m not there yet.”

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Gary Logan and Ben Whittaker favor young talent Adam Azim and believe he has a bright future ahead of him.

And then ?

Adam Azim on the next fights he wants: “Rylan Charlton is also a big name in the sport and one day I will definitely take this fight, probably before the end of the year. We will sit down with my team and see what we are going to do.

“I’m also happy to take those big tests because that’s where I can show my skills and develop more and show what I really am.

“I’m happy to be tested in deep waters like this and I know I’ll come out on top. I’d love to fight Dylan Cheema too. I’d love to have Cheema but let’s see what he wants.

”He did well in the BOXXER series, I’ll give him that but I think I can beat him pretty easily.

“His last performance, he did well but he could have done better. But whoever has a flat performance, a lot of people criticize him.”

Barry Jones, former WBO champion and boxing expert, on Azim: “I know he’s young and there are always boxes to tick.

“How is his chin? How is he under pressure when things aren’t working out for him?

“He’s gained weight now, so some of the advantages he has might not be as significant now that he’s gained weight. But I think it’s a born talent. If some of those boxes can be ticked – and I think they will be – then he’s the one who will go all the way.”

Adam Azim will join the latest episode of the Toe2Toe podcast, Sky Sports’ weekly boxing show.

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