Top super-lightweight prospect Adam Azim endured ten valuable rounds versus Santos Reyes at the Wembley Arena on Saturday evening.
The 20-year-old moved to 8-0-0 with a dominant performance against the stubborn Nicaraguan who suffered his first defeat in 13 outings.
Azim started sharp behind a ramrod jab and floored Reyes with 1:14 remaining in the second round with a superbly timed right hand to the temple.
Reyes’ senses were scrambled but he bravely climbed back to his feet to see out the rest of the round.
Azim soon began to focus on attacking the body to lower the Nicaraguan’s guard and open up opportunities upstairs.
Reyes’ chin was regularly rocked by lead left hooks of Azim but he refused to budge as the halfway point approached.
Azim didn’t rush and continued to pick Reyes off with well-timed hooks and uppercuts but it soon became apparent that single shots would not be enough to put the Nicaraguan away.
Reyes displayed a granite chin and with each passing round the likelihood of Azim enduring the full ten rounds looked increasingly likely.
The Slough man never looked to force a stoppage however and showed patience as he looked to put another dent in Reyes in the final stages of the contest.
No such moment came and so Azim benefitted from the experience of going the full ten-round distance for the first time as a pro.
Fulham super-middleweight Zak Chelli impressed with a wide unanimous points victory (99-92 and 98-92 twice) over California’s Anthony Sims Jr.
The American started well in the opening rounds before Chelli increased the tempo and set about Sims Jr.
The latter looked uncomfortable by the pressure of the Londoner who enjoyed a wealth of success with his overhand right.
Sims Jr was unable to match the output of Chelli who was a clear winner at the conclusion of the ten rounds.
Chelli moved to 13-1-1(6KOs) while Sims Jr’s record now stands at 23-2-0(20KOs).
English middleweight champion Tyler Denny continued to upset the odds with a dominant performance over the previously undefeated Brad Pauls.
The three judges all scored the bout in favour of the Rowley Regis man (98-93 and 97-93 twice) whose relentless pressure proved too much for the challenger.
Pauls was handed his first defeat after 17 bouts while Denny moved to 16-2-3 after the second defence of his English strap.
Lightweight prospect Caroline Dubois floored Feriche Mashaury in the second round on the way to a fifth-round stoppage victory against the Tanzanian.
Dubois landed her fifth win inside the distance in her sixth pro outing.
A nasty cut over Anees Taj‘s left eye brought his cruiserweight bout versus Viddal Riley to a premature ending on the advice of the ringside doctor.
Riley settled fast into the bout but Taj showed a resilient chin as he stood and traded with the 25-year-old prospect.
The contest was warming up nicely when a Riley right hand opened the gash on the eyebrow of Taj forcing the bout to be called off.
Riley moved to 8-0-0 as a pro following the victory.
Further down the card, Irish welterweight Stephen McKenna forced Brendon Denes to retire after four rounds while Jordan Reynolds forced a late stoppage in the final round of his super-middleweight contest versus Mohamed Benchadi.
Hassan Azim halted Abdallah Luanda in the second round at welterweight and Razor Ali scored a third-round stoppage of Hector Lozano at featherweight.
Heavyweight Jeamie Tshikeva also overcame Harry Armstrong after eight rounds on the scorecards.