A Sunday afternoon of boxing rounded off a busy weekend for the sport in the UK. Boxxer went with the less than usual Sunday slot on Sky Sports at Alexandra Palace, London.
‘The Assassin’ Adam Azim topped the card with a devastating 2nd round stoppage over Rylan Charlton. British boxing fans can now start to really believe hype from the 20 year-old trained by Shane McGuigan. Azim (7-0, 6 KOs) dropped Charlton (9-3-1) twice at the end of the first round, Charlton barely making the ten-count after a vicious right hand sent him to the canvas. It wasn’t too long before Charlton would find himself back on the floor, Azim landing a left uppercut for Charlton to be save by the bell.
The 2nd round had only just got started when Azim landed a left hook, finishing Charlton with a right hook that sent the Norwich man face-first into the ropes. The towel came in before Charlton even hit the ground. A sensational performance by Azim, but fans will be eager to see him stepped up quickly due to hype Sky Sports and Boxxer have invested in the young fighter.
“He is the most talented fighter I have ever trained!” Said trainer Shane McGuigan. “He needs more tests, he needs more rounds and we thought we were going to get that today with Rylan Charlton and we didn’t.”
“This is a big one! I knew I had him out of there in the first round.” Said Azim in his post fight interview. “Shane was telling me to relax the whole time, but I calmed down and got my victory.”
Promoter Ben Shalom did not hide his pleasure for his exciting young prospect, stating “I feel like we are witnessing history. It’s a pleasure to be here, he’s a special-special talent that I have never seen before. British boxing has a future superstar on their hand’s.
Notable Undercard Results:
The Vacant British Cruiserweight title was on the line as Mikael Lawal (16-0) took on David Jamieson (9-1). The fight was heating up nicely, but sadly for Jamieson he was pulled by his corner due to a broken jaw at the end of an action filled round 8th.
Sam Gilley (15-1) defended his English Super Welterweight title with a unanimous-decision win over Sean Robinson (11-1-1). Gilley dropped Robinson in the 6th with a big right hand, but Robinson did well to stay in the fight after. The scorecards read; 98-91, 98-91 and 97-93.