Adam Azim to return on September 2nd on Smith-Eubank II undercard

Adam Azim heads to the AO Arena Manchester on Saturday, September 2nd, joining the blockbuster Smith vs Eubank II pay-per-view card on a mission to fast-track himself to world-title contention and fulfil a promise made to his idol Amir Khan.

Having accepted a challenge laid down by Amir Khan - who became world champion at just 22 years old - to win his first world title at an even younger age, the 21-year-old Azim is taking a big step up in opposition.

Dangerous Ukrainian Aram Fanyan (22-1, 4 KO’s) has nearly three times Azim’s professional experience and just one career loss, making the young veteran a serious test for the young Azim (8-0, 6 KO’s).

Originally scheduled for June, the clash was postponed when a severe bacterial infection took root in Azim’s left hand via a cut sustained in a training session. Now fully recovered, the super-lightweight standout is straining at the leash to put on a show-stopping performance for British fight fans.

"Aram Fanyan isn't coming to roll over. He's dangerous, he's experienced and we all know what's going on in Ukraine right now - he wants to win for his country as much as anything. He's very motivated and he's not a guy to underestimate, so he's definitely a good opponent," said Azim.

"He's the toughest opponent of my career so far and I'm looking to put on a great performance which shows beyond doubt that I am ready to to step up to that next level and start winning some titles. Being on a big pay-per-view card like Smith vs Eubank 2 is just extra motivation for me - I want to be headlining my own pay-per-views in the future and the road to that really starts with this fight on September 2nd."

Fanyan said, “This is a huge opportunity for me to fight on one of the world's biggest television platforms for the sport of boxing. Ukraine has produced some great names in boxing. After this fight, Aram Fanyan is the next Ukrainian name the world's boxing fans will come to know

“Adam Azim is young but already has a big name and big reputation, so when I travel to England and beat him on his home soil, that's going to get a lot of attention and it's going to open up some huge opportunities for me.”

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