ndefeated sensation Adam Azim has set his sights on the pinnacle of the division, singling out WBO world champion Teofimo Lopez as the man to beat at 140-pounds.
Azim, a 21-year-old puncher, recently made waves by clinching the EBU title in only his tenth professional fight, dispatching Franck Petitjean earlier this month. His remarkable journey has now fueled a bold ambition – Azim aims to position himself for a world title shot by the end of 2024.
"I want it [a title shot] by this time next year; I have to become world champion," asserted Azim in an interview.
As the junior welterweight landscape takes center stage on December 9, with Devin Haney making his 140 debut against WBC world champion Regis Prograis, Azim is watching closely. Despite his belief in Haney's capabilities to outbox Prograis, Azim reserves the top spot for Teofimo Lopez, who earlier this year dominated Josh Taylor to secure the WBO title.
"Teofimo is the man to beat in this weight. Teo has had his problems outside of the ring, but he is a great fighter, and I can’t see Haney beating him if they do get it on. Teo needs to get those fights in; he has to defend the title," Azim emphasized.
On the domestic front, Azim anticipates a potential showdown with fellow unbeaten Dalton Smith. While acknowledging that no official offer has been extended for the Smith fight, Azim envisions a future clash, stating,
"There is no rush, but the way we are both going at the moment, I think we can both get world titles and we can make it a huge fight."
Adding an international flair to his aspirations, Azim also eyes Keyshawn Davis as a compelling rival. With a keen interest in the U.S. market, Azim recognizes the allure of fighting in the United States, where he believes the dream ticket for any fighter unfolds. The emerging rivalry with Keyshawn Davis adds an extra layer of glamour to Azim's ambitious journey in the junior welterweight division.