Boxing News: On the undercard of Liam Smith vs. Hassan Mwakinyo at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, Adam Azim recorded another brutal knockout victory, while Frazer Clarke won his third fight in just 65 seconds.
Michel Cabral of Argentina had never before been stopped. But he was unable to win against Adam Azim in the opening round.
From the first bell, the brilliant British prospect moved too quickly. He tagged Cabral with quick jabs, timing his left so that Cabral hardly had time to throw a punch.
He varied the pace and the power in his lead hand but when he let his right go it was punishing. First, a straight one-two streaked through the middle. If Cabral was concerned about receiving another blow from that side, Azim smacked a right hook over the top, knocking Cabral to the ground.
Azim, a prodigy from Slough, won after 1.54 and extended his winning record to five straight knockouts because he was unable to beat the referee’s count.
Azim instinctively celebrated by performing a backflip at the end.
Azim, a supporter of the Liverpool football team, arrived and left to “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” He is adept at handling a crowd.
Since I’m only 20 years old, there is yet a lot to come.
In their heavyweight match, Olympic bronze medalist Clarke easily defeated Bulgarian Pencho Tsvetkov at 1:05 of the first round.
Tsvetkov was injured by Clarke’s powerful right cross, which he delivered as essentially his first meaningful punch.
Clarke was far too skilled for Tsvetkov to handle, and he used a swift left hook to the body to knock Tsvetkov to the ground.
The referee forced to halt Clarke when he smashed Tsvetkov against the ropes while the Bulgarian attempted to jab back.
“He shouldn’t be in a ring with me, it’s dangerous,” Clarke admitted afterwards. “I’m fuming with myself. I took two stupid jabs… I need to be better.”
Dan Azeez faced off against Shakan Pitters, the imposing former champion, for the British light-heavyweight title. Pitters is enormous for their weight at 6 feet 6 inches, so Azeez had to put in some effort to narrow the gap between them.
Pitters employed right uppercuts effectively early on; they were the ideal strike for a smaller opponent trying to advance on the inside.
However, he was relying on single shots, and when Azeez stepped closer, he used hooks to attack the tall opponent.
Pitters struggled to keep Azeez in the path of his punch. Instead, it was Azeez who delivered powerful outside jabs before advancing up close. Pitters occasionally held, but they also fought back from within, keeping the fight where Azeez wanted it to be.
Pitters was clearly startled by the champion’s hooks, but he continued to exert pressure on Azeez throughout the entire match.
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