Adam Azim compares himself to two legendary British world champions

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Adam Azim compared himself to both Naseem Hamed and Amir Khan as he prepares to take on Rylan Charlton on Sunday afternoon.

The 20-year-old is an up-and-coming British fighter and while he may be a way off a title challenge at this early stage of his career, he is not shy of looking to past champions to illustrate his perceived abilities.

"A lot of kids are coming up to me, they know who I am. It's good because I'm inspiring the young generation. It's like me looking up to Amir Khan when I was a young kid and now a lot of people are looking up to me. It means a lot," he said to Sky Sports.

"I want to entertain them, I want them to get inspired by me as well."

As well as Khan, Azim mentioned Hamed as another inspiration.

"Prince Naseem is definitely one of the fighters I love, the way he throws his combinations together at different angles, and knocking these people out with single shots. Now Amir Khan's got blistering hand speed, Naseem has got power, and he's got charisma and entertainment," he continued.

"I believe I've got two, I've got the speed and power, I've got the entertainment business outside the ring as well, which is good.

"I'm not arrogant, I'm there to do my job in the ring and enjoy it and entertain the fans.

"Throughout my boxing career I've never let anything get to my head. I've always been a normal boy. I'm not there yet. Even right now I'm not there yet. I'm good but I'm not very good yet.

"When I become world champion that's when I'll say I'm very good."

Azim is not looking past Charlton, who stands in his way of retaining an unbeaten record.

"I know for a fact that I've got a defence, I've got a very, very good defence," Azim acknowledged. "You guys haven't seen that yet but eventually you guys will see it.

"He's fought hard fights, he's fought good fights as well," he said of Charlton. "He likes to talk a lot, that's his game to get into someone's head. With me I just stay focused, stay grounded."


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