Adam Azim has been ranked among the most talented fighters ever coached by Shane McGuigan – a list that includes David Haye, George Groves and Luke Campbell.
Teenage prodigy Azim to show off his ‘incredible talent’ in his second pro fight against Stu Greener during BOXXER Fight Night at SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday, live Air sports.
McGuigan, whose current team includes Lawrence Okolie and Daniel Dubois, said Air sports about the hope of a fight Azim: “It will be a superstar, I tell you. He’s an incredible talent.
«The will transcend sports.
“He watched me when he was training with Luke Campbell. Luke kept saying, “I’ll find out and have it next time.”
“Adam didn’t win the heats. It was tight and competitive. But Luke normally touches these guys, especially young children. Once Luke gets their number, he beats them.
“But he never understood Adam.
“I was like, ‘Wow, this guy’s got a cool head on an 18-year-old.
“Normally you don’t get him until you’re 25 after years of top-level combat, but he has an instinct in him. “
Azim enjoyed a decorated amateur career that included 10 national titles and was ranked No. 1 among amateur welterweights in the world.
“He’s definitely someone who’s going to win a world title,” McGuigan said of Azim’s professional goals.
“There is just something about him.
“I worked with a lot of talent and he’s up there. He can strike with any hand, he has ridiculous speed and reflexes.
“But he needs to be seasoned. In his first fight, he had no structure – he was like a kid who wanted to try all his tricks.
“At the beginning, it’s about performances and eliminations and gaining traction.
“We have to put it through the gears and not a gunshot. I think he will adapt to it very well.
“With his support? We had an event in Slough to announce his signing and 300 people turned out! “
Azim is only 19, but McGuigan believes he is on the right path to glory: “If your ambition is to win a world title and become a superstar, you have to start this journey as soon as possible.
“Gervonta Davis, for example, was a world champion at 24 and maximized his chances of becoming the face of boxing. He will have many years at the top.
“Adam did the right thing when he turned pro at 19. In a few years, he will be headlining shows. “
Sky Sports Boxe schedule
October 31 – Best ranking in New York
José Zepeda against José Vargas
November 6 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO Super Feather Titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe contre Olanrewaju Durodola
Professional debut of Caroline Dubois
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British Lightweight Title
November 20 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER
December 11 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Vassili Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
December 17 – Best ranking in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC lightweight titles
February 26 – Best ranking in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title