"it will be good to become undisputed because that’s my dream"
Adam Azim has set his sights on becoming the first British-Pakistani undisputed world champion and wants to use his platform to inspire his community.
The rising star is gearing up for his bout with Ukrainian Aram Fanyan on September 2, 2023.
Azim said he wants to follow in Amir Khan’s footsteps by being a role model to the next generation of British-Asian athletes.
The 21-year-old, who has an 8-0-0 undefeated record, wants to become a world champion at a young age like Khan, who did so aged 22 when he beat Andriy Kotelnik in 2009.
Speaking about his bond with his childhood hero, Adam Azim said:
“Our relationship is really strong, he is like a big brother to me, he was my inspiration growing up.
“I’ve told him that ‘I want to be a young world champion just like you’ and that one day I’ll be the only British-Pakistani undisputed world champion, it will be good to become undisputed because that’s my dream, that’s my goal.
“He was a massive inspiration for me because he was the only British-Pakistani in that era and everyone was massive fans of him because of his great hand speed and he was always in big entertaining fights.
“It’s a big thing for me.
“I want to become a role model for the younger generation coming through and for both the Pakistani and British communities as well.”
In 2022, Adam Azim partnered with the Shazad Yaseen Foundation to provide relief to impoverished areas within Tanzania.
He aims to continue his charity work and wants to use his platform to launch his own “big charity organisation” in the future.
“I want to keep working hard in the ring and also help with my charity work as well.”
“After this next fight I will be flying out to Africa to do some charity work, I want to be more passionate about charity work because there are a lot of unfortunate people who need food and money.
“We partnered with SYF because I really want to make a big charity organisation myself and it’s important to give back to those people who need it more.”
Adam Azim is confident his skills will inspire more young people from ethnic minority backgrounds to take up the sport.
He added: “I just need to keep fighting so more and more people watch me, I’m on the rise as a British Pakistani and there are others on the rise too so if we keep doing what we’re doing everything will improve.”