Azim stops Loffet in 66 seconds to seal first title
Adam Azim needed just 66 seconds to stop Anthony Loffet and claim the WBC Youth Inter-Continental super-lightweight title.
Azim was stepping into his first scheduled 10-rounder in only his fifth professional contest against Loffet, but did not even need a half a round to complete the job on his Belgium opponent.
He pounced on Loffet and dropped him before half a minute was up. He showed the right hand before bringing through a tremendous left uppercut. That hurt Loffet. Azim saw it and stepped in with two more right hooks to put Loffet down.
Those had hit with real spite. Loffet rose only uneasily.
Azim resumed his attack with spectacular speed. He blasted Loffet with repeated right hooks, shaking him, hurting him.
The towel soon flew in from Loffet’s corner and when the referee saw it he ended the bout, sparing Loffet from an inevitable, brutal finish.
Azim’s celebration was almost as spectacular. He cartwheeled across the ring before launching into his now trademark backflip.
“This is the first of many,” the 20-year-old from Slough said afterwards. “If anyone gives me the first shot and I land it straight away, you’re getting hurt straightaway.
“I want so many other titles, I’m going to grab them with both hands.”
Azim’s promoter Ben Shalom declared, “He is the future of British boxing.”
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