Joshua Buasti Overcomes Dan Azeez; Adam Azim Beats Poulsen
In a WBA light heavyweight title eliminator that saw friends turned foes do battle, Joshua Buatsi (18-0, 13KO) defeated Dan “Super” Azeez (20-1, 13KO).
Buatsi started landing thudding shots to the body behind that long pole-like jab. He also did a good job using angles at times to land punches in between his opponent’s tight guard.
Super found a home for the uppercut and short compact right hooks, halting Buatsi’s forward progress. As the fight continued, he landed hard hooks, testing the chin of his former friend.
It was a close fight as the two continued unloading hard shots. However, Buatsi controlled the fight in the center of the ring in the middle rounds, fighting at a high pace.
Azeez came roaring back by landing the right hand at will along with short compact uppercuts. Yet, in round eleven, he was dropped twice but should have ruled a slip as the canvas was wet.
With the fight coming to a close, Buatsi almost scored the stoppage after landing a barrage of unanswered shots. Two judges scored it 117-109, as one had it 116-110 in favor of Buatsi.
ADAM AZIM GETS THE WIN AFTER ENOCK POULSEN SUFFERS AN INJURY
After successfully defending the EBU European junior welterweight title, Adam “The Assassin” Azim (11-0, 8KO) remained undefeated due to an injury by Enock Poulsen (14-1, 5KO).
In the early portion of the fight, The Assassin controlled the distance with the jab and occasional straight right hand. He even started going down to the body with the jab, trying to get the challenger to open up.
There wasn’t much action in the fight, but Azim won three of the four judging criteria, Clean punching, defense, and ring generalship. In the fifth round, the fight started to heat up until Poulsen’s old shoulder injury arose, and he quickly retreated to the corner in pain.
It was an unfortunate circumstance. However, Azim did a good job of controlling the pace and seemed to be about to open up before the fight ended.
The undefeated titlist wants to start marching toward a world championship sometime in 2024. Now is the time for team Azim to look at facing someone inside the top fifteen in the ranking system.