Rising star Adam Azim returns to action in November as he bids to dethrone European super-lightweight champion Franck Petitjean, and here's everything you need to know ahead of the bout.
It will be Azim’s third fight in what has been a busy 2023 for the 21-year-old as he bids to work his way towards a world title shot, but this may well be his biggest test to date.
Petitjean is defending the European title for the first time and will be contesting his 34th professional fight, and his first in the UK.
The fight between Franck Petitjean and Adam Azim is due to take place on Saturday, 18th November, 2023.
The main card is due to begin at around 19:00 and the headline fight between Franck Petitjean and Adam Azim is expected to start around 22:00.
The fight is due to take place at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, UK.
The Civic Hall hosted the Grand Slam of Darts between 2007 and 2018 but is perhaps best known as a music venue, with the likes of The Who and Morrissey holding concerts there in years gone by.
The card will be broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK, with coverage starting at 19:00 with the full undercard before the main event.
Adam Azim is the big 1/14 betting favourite ahead of the bout with French title-holder Franck Petitjean the underdog.
Yes, Franck Petitjean is the EBU European super lightweight champion and Azim is challenging for that title.
26-6-3 (6 KOs)
The 35-year-old southpaw made his debut in 2010 with a draw against Yves Mesny in a four-round contest. Petitjean then picked up two wins before a first career defeat, and then won eight of his next nine bouts, losing one.
Petitjean was stopped for the first, and so far only, time in his career in 2014 in a seventh-round TKO defeat to Rafik Harutjunjan as an away fighter in the Netherlands.
The defeat seemed to spark something in the Clichy-native as he won 11 of his next 12 fights, with one draw, in a run that ended with a defeat to Mohamed Mimoune in Senegal when challenging for the IBO World Super Light title.
In 2022, Petitjean missed out on claiming the European title with a points defeat to unbeaten Dane Enock Poulsen but won the title the following year in his last fight against Samuel Molina, winning via a majority decision.
9-0 (6 KOs)
Azim has a perfect record with nine wins in as many fights and six of those victories have come inside the distance.
The ‘Assassin’ made his debut in 2020 in a six-round contest against Ed Harrison and claimed a win on points, before recording six successive stoppage victories.
All of those wins came inside the first three rounds and three of those were first-round knockouts - but he has been tested in his last two assignments.
Azim was taken the full 10 rounds by Santos Reyes earlier this year, despite sending the Nicaraguan to the canvas in the second round. Reyes had entered the fight with an unbeaten record and has bounced back with a victory of his own since.
The Slough boxer was last in action in early September on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr’s rematch with Liam Smith against Aram Faniian. Azim had to settle for another points victory against the durable Ukrainian, but never appeared in any serious trouble himself either.
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More undercard bouts to be announced in due course.