"it would be great if I could be world champion"
Adam Azim has lofty ambitions to become a world champion even quicker than Amir Khan, who became a world champion at just 22.
Azim did not take the Olympic route like his idol Khan. Instead, he turned professional at just 18.
He has had a fantastic 2022, with his latest win coming against Rylan Charlton.
Azim is keen to get his hands on a British title as well as a Commonwealth belt over the next year, before eventually getting to a world title fight before his 22nd birthday in July 2024.
He said: “A lot of people didn’t expect me to do that to Rylan.
“Obviously I broke him down, placed the shots right and got the explosive knockout that I needed.
“My left-hand work is brilliant, Rylan tried coming at me but if you stand off and don’t attack me during the fight it’s easier for me to break him down and select my shots. He couldn’t cope with the speed and the power.
“I don’t want to be fighting people down at journeyman level, I want to be fighting people that have been in with top-level fighters.
“I want to grab these titles like the Commonwealth, European and get my name bigger.
“Amir Khan became world champion at 22, it would be great if I could be world champion just before 22.”
Adam Azim wants to win a title before turning 22 and then proceed to become undisputed within two years, meaning he would be in the vicinity of Devin Haney, who became undisputed at just 23 earlier in 2022 at lightweight.
Azim told Mirror Fighting:
“Amir Khan won it really early, but I want to win it earlier and then I want to be undisputed by the time I’m 24.”
“Shane McGuigan [Azim’s coach] believes in me and Sky Sports are backing me as much as I can, I just signed a new long-time deal with Sky Sports.
“Shane’s the best trainer in the world, he’s making me into a monster and I want to continue my journey in style, like the way I fought against Rylan Charlton.
“A lot of people know what Shane is all about, I’ve got legends in the gym like Barry McGuigan who’s Shane’s dad helping me out and Shane always tells me the right things to do and it’s working.
“I put in hard work at the gym and he’d have me sparring middleweights and doing the pads practising shots I’ve never done before.
“I’ve got to sit down with my team and discuss when my next fight is, maybe January, you never know.
“I could be on the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith card, or maybe I’ll headline in February.”