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Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of experienced Adam Azim and Enock Poulsen as the two get set to contest their much-anticipated super-lightweight contest in London on February 3rd.

Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen

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A 21-year-old, 10-fight novice would usually be universally accepted as a prospect. However, can the term be applied to a European champion?

That is the situation Adam Azim currently find himself in. 

His prodigious talent has allowed him to be fast-tracked, but his inexperience means that each defence of his super-lightweight strap comes with a sense of trepidation. 

Could the next fight be too much, too soon?

The man hoping to capitalise on the professional naivety of the ‘The Assassin’ is Enock Poulsen. The Dane used to hold the belt currently in the possession of Azim and never lost his title in the ring.

Can the challenger utilise the knowledge he has gained over the past seven years in the paid ranks, or will Brit’s star continue to rise? 

Let’s have a look at the Tale of the Tape…
 

Adam Azim v Enock Poulsen
Tale of the Tape

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 Adam AzimEnock Poulsen
Odds:1/911/2
Age:2131
Nickname:    'The Assassin'N/A
Height:5ft 10ins5ft 9.5ins
Reach:71ins69.5ins
Weight:Super-lightweightSuper-lightweight
Trainer:Shane McGuiganMads Larsen
Record:10-0 (7 KOs)14-0 (5 KOs)
Last Fight:Won - (TKO) v Franck Petitjean (November 2023)Won - (UD) v Mirko Marchetti (October 2023)


Adam Azim
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Adam Azim enjoyed a hugely productive 2023, making English boxing history in the process.

Azim won a European title in fewer fights than any Englishman in history, surpassing the likes of Spencer Oliver and Naseem Hamed.

In some ways, capturing the belt has complicated matters. The 21-year-old has had just 10 bouts as a professional and there are many styles he is yet to encounter. As the EBU holder, it is harder to arrange those learning fights as it would be difficult to justify dropping down in levels.

It is a testament to the faith Ben Shalom has in the man from Slough, that he believes the fighter will be able to defeat the calibre of opposition he is going to need to as the European champion. 

It’s easy to see why the promoter has such confidence, ‘The Assassin’ has hardly put a foot wrong to date and his combination of speed, power and timing is a dangerous.

That being said, Franck Petitjean was arguably the weakest EBU titlist and the Frenchman offered very little offensively as he employed a risk-adverse game plan.

Tougher tests will follow.

Poulsen represents another step up in class however. The Dane defeated Petitjean by the slimmest of margins to win the strap, in 2022 and while a rematch was ordered, it fell by the wayside when a deal was unable to be struck.

As a consequence, the sanctioning body allowed Petitjean to challenge for the vacant belt.

Poulsen is mobile and will look to utilise every inch of the ring, controlling distance with his jab. His style will pose Azim a new conundrum to solve, but one which the Englishman should be able to crack.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
Hand speedCan become predictable as a fight progresses
PowerLoads up on punches
Fast reflexesInexperienced
JabThrows the right hand from too far out


Enock Poulsen
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Enock Poulsen believes he is the real European super-lightweight champion. There is some credence to his claims. 

After defeating Franck Petitjean by unanimous decision to win the title, it was discovered that there was an error on one of the score cards. The Frenchman’s team appealed the verdict and sanctioning body ordered a rematch.

When a deal could not be reached between the two parties, the EBU allowed Petitjean to fight Samuel Molina for the vacant title, on the proviso that the winner defended the strap against the Dane.

BOXXER were able to secure a shot for their charge in the interim. Poulsen is still undefeated and never lost the belt in the ring.

To become a two-time titlist, Poulsen will have to overcome the odds. His jab-and-move style will likely not endear itself to judges when boxing away from how.

However, the 31-year-old is ten years older than his rival and vastly more experienced. If he is able to frustrate the youngster, then an upset could be possible.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
MobilityFighting style better suited to amateur boxing
JabKeeps his gloves too low
UppercutOven to overhand rights
Physical strengthMoves back in straight lines


All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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