Dan Azeez has secured his place in history by becoming the European light-heavyweight champion after stopping Thomas Faure in an epic battle that will be talked about for years to come. Azeez, who had won every belt at domestic level, stepped up to fight for the European title against Faure in his home country of France.
The atmosphere was electric as the French national anthem rang out at the Zenith de Paris, and Azeez knew he was in for a hostile environment. Faure, who towered over Azeez, was throwing long jabs down at him, but the Londoner responded with jabs to the body and his powerful right hand.
By the second round, Faure's nose was already bleeding freely, and Azeez was nodding to himself in his corner at the bell. The Briton continued to break the tall man down in the third round, and Faure looked weary as he tried to fight back.
In the fourth round, Faure was forced to work off the ropes, but he managed to slice sudden straight shots through Azeez's guard. However, Azeez continued to land his hard right hand in the fifth round and urged Faure on when the Frenchman caught him and traded punches.
Faure opened the sixth round with combinations, but a powerful right hand from Azeez wobbled him, and he was wilting under the constant pressure. However, Faure showed heart and came roaring back, using the crowd to lift him up.
Azeez continued to land punishing blows in the seventh and eighth rounds, and even though Faure had his most successful round in the eighth, he was taking punch after punch to the head. In a gesture of sportsmanship, Azeez hugged Faure at the start of the final round, but the ending was vicious.
Azeez's right hand smashed into Faure, leaving him out on his feet, and the referee stepped in just in time to save the stricken Frenchman. Although Faure protested the stoppage, it was the right decision, and Azeez was crowned the European light-heavyweight champion.
The fight between Azeez and Faure was a tremendous display of skill, heart, and determination from both fighters, and it will be remembered as one of the greatest battles in the history of the sport. Azeez proved that he is one of the best in the world, and his victory in France will go down as one of the most memorable moments in boxing history.