20-year-old super-lightweight Adam Azim (7-0, 6KOs) hopes to make it seven knockout victories in a row when he steps in against Nicaragua’s Santos Reyes (12-0-0, 3KOs) on Saturday night.
Slough’s Azim headlines a BOXXER card at Wembley Arena three months on from his second-round annihilation of Rylan Charlton at the end of 2022.
Azim has cemented himself as one of the marquee prospects British boxing has to offer, a status proving a double-edged sword where promoter Ben Shalom is concerned.
While Azim is rapidly becoming one of the most marketable offerings of any promotional stable across the globe, finding opponents that are willing to fight him is a difficult task.
Discovering those both willing and able to take Azim rounds is even rarer.
Since going the full six on his professional debut in December 2020, Azim has amassed three victories inside the first round, two in the second and one in the third.
His last four contests have been scheduled for ten rounds, a clear acknowledgement of the potential those around Azim see in him, but only Jordan Ellison was able to last longer than six minutes back in February last year.
And so attention turns to Reyes this weekend who is unbeaten in twelve victories, all of which he landed within the confines of his native Nicaragua.
Largely an unknown quantity, Reyes’ record of three knockouts as a pro suggest the Central American doesn’t possess the power to threaten Azim on the night.
Reyes has however endured the full ten-round distance in his two most recent outings, a feat which if matched on Saturday would almost prove a victory in itself given the pre-fight perception of how proceedings are likely to play out.
The result may also prove a positive for Azim whose development would suffer little harm if he was able to bank rounds this weekend as he eyes up potential shots at domestic titles this coming year.
An intriguing super-middleweight matchup is set for the chief support as Fulham’s Zak Chelli (12-1-1, 6KOs) faces California’s Anthony Sims Jr (23-1-0, 20KOs) over ten rounds.
Chelli, who collected the English title at 168lbs last year, is unbeaten in five fights.
Sims Jr meanwhile looks to regain momentum in his own career after splitting from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing in 2020.
The 27-year-old suffered his first and only defeat via split-decision to Roamer Angulo three years ago.
Sims Jr has only fought three times since and a victory for either man this weekend will propel to new heights in the super-middleweight division.
Rowley Regis’ Tyler Denny (15-2-3) looks to make the second defence of his English middleweight title versus Cornwall’s Brad Pauls (16-0-0, 9KOs).
Denny defended the belt with an impressive ten-round victory over Manchester’s Brad Rea last time out in the biggest win of his career so far.
Pauls meanwhile brings an impressive knockout ratio and has already held the Southern Area title at 160lbs.
Tokyo 2020 Olympian Caroline Dubois (5-0-0, 4KOs) faces Tanzania’s Feriche Mashaury (10-7-0, 3KOs) over eight rounds at lightweight.
Dubois has hit the ground running in the pro ranks with four knockouts in five contests, a streak she looks to continue beyond this weekend against Mashuary.
The latter has fought on British soil on three prior occasions against Chantelle Cameron, Natasha Jonas and Terri Harper.
London cruiserweight Viddal Riley (7-0-0, 4KOs) also takes on Anees Taj (7-2-0) over eight rounds, while heavyweight Jeamie Tshikeva (3-0-0, 2KOs) clashes with Harry Armstrong (5-0-1) over the same distance.
While his older brother features in the main event, welterweight Hassan Azim (5-0-0, 2KOs) faces Abdallah Luanja (15-9-2, 10KOs) in a six-round contest further down the card.
Luton super-middleweight Jordan Reynolds (4-0-0, 1KO) also takes on Mohamed Benchadi (4-20-2) over six, and Razor Ali (6-0-0) faces Hector Lozano (1-1-0) over four at featherweight.