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BOXXER have announced a European title double-header as super-lightweight Adam Azim and middleweight Tyler Denny both bid for glory in Wolverhampton on November 18th.
Azim (9-0, 6KOs) headlines the event as he collides with reigning European champion Franck Petitjean of France in search of his first major title as a professional.
Denny meanwhile meets European middleweight champion Matteo Signani (32-6-3, 12KOs) of Italy in the chief support.
Azim hunts for European silverware in tenth outing
After a near perfect start to his career, Slough super-lightweight Azim is set to challenge the Frenchman in just his tenth professional fight.
Six of his first seven outings ended inside the distance, while his most recent two performances saw the 21-year-old gain valuable rounds under his belt over the ten-round distance.
“This kid is an unbelievable talent and he needs these acid tests. These are the fights you learn in,” trainer Shane McGuigan told Sky Sports after Azim’s unanimous decision win over Aram Faniian earlier this month.
“When we wins the European title, you’re gonna have to defend against live opponents. It’s best to get one acid test before going in and then he’s European champion and he can defend it and we can see where we’re at after that.”
Petitjean previously held the European super-lightweight crown between 2017 and 2018.
The Frenchman vacated but re-claimed the belt in June with a majority-decision win over Samuel Molina in Paris.
The 35-year-old has only been stopped once in his six defeats but has never fought outside his native France heading into the fight against Azim later this year.
Denny hopes to continue momentum against Signani
Rowley Regis’ Denny hopes to proceed with his purple match against Italy’s Signani in the chief support.
The Midlander claimed the English 160lb title with a split-decision win over River Wilson-Bent in June last year – seven months after the pair initially fought to a technical draw – and has gone on to defend the belt on two occasions.
His most recent outing saw his hand raised after a narrow split-decision win over Macauley McGowan in Birmingham for the ‘External’ European middleweight belt to setup a meeting with reigning champion Signani.
The Italian was set to meet Britain’s Felix Cash earlier this year before the latter withdrew through illness during fight week.
Signani made two defences of his title after winning it in 2019 before losing a technical decision to Anderson Prestot last year.
The Frenchman’s reign was short-lived however as Signani gained revenge via seventh-round stoppage in November to claim 32nd win in 41 outings and his 12th victory inside the distance.
Further undercard announcements for the event are expected to follow.