EXCLUSIVE: Dan Azeez – Rolling with the Punches


The English gentle heavyweight champion, Dan Azeez. Picture Credit score: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK World

Idol; a individual that’s enormously admired, beloved, or revered.

Youngsters develop up with idols. Their heroes on a blown up picture plastered throughout bed room partitions across the globe, Diego Maradona, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, the record goes on.

For the reigning English gentle heavyweight champion, Dan Azeez it was Marvelous Marvin Hagler who gained his adoration.

Probably the most tenacious of the ‘4 Kings’ remembered fondly for his steely entrance and his exhibiting of blood and guts contained in the squared circle.

Azeez displays again on his childhood and why Hagler stood out to him. “Primarily his psychological fortitude and his story, he got here up the arduous manner,” the Lewisham fighter informed proboxing-fans.com.

“He didn’t duck or dodge anyone. His psychological fortitude, to me, was second to none. He was robust within the thoughts, he was an ideal fighter, a throwback. Simply all the things about him I simply beloved and was infatuated with.”

Middleweight great Marvelous Marvin Hagler has died aged 66
Middleweight nice Marvelous Marvin Hagler died aged 66

The passing of the previous undisputed middleweight champion of the world rocked the boxing devotees to their core, Azeez included.

“It was actually unhappy for me, I’m certain I shed a tear or whatnot as a result of I truly thought at some point I may hopefully meet him however, , God has his plans. It was unhappy, man. He was my favorite boxer and in my eyes the best middleweight of all time.”

‘Tremendous’ Dan Azeez is on his journey, making a legacy of his personal as he seeks to turn out to be the holder of a number of titles taking the standard route.

It has been no secret that the 31-year-old needs the British and/or Commonwealth titles subsequent however first up his task this weekend comes within the type of Ricky Summers.

It’s a struggle that has lengthy been within the making with COVID-19 taking its toll on each fighters the stage has been set, lastly.

“It’s not like I’ve been like, ‘oh this struggle’s taking so lengthy,’ I’m not a kind of individuals. If the struggle comes, it comes.

“We’re right here Saturday and we’ll throw it down, I’ve received to deal with enterprise.

“Every part’s so up and down today so if a struggle comes, it comes, if it don’t, it don’t. We may each go and weigh in and one among us will get examined constructive, it’s over, what are you able to do?!

“We simply should take every day because it comes, man. If the struggle occurs, it occurs. What are you able to do, we’re boxers, man, we simply received to roll with the punches.”

Azeez celebrates after beating Peacock Gym stablemate Sterling Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK Global
Azeez celebrates after beating Peacock Health club stablemate Sterling Picture Credit score: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK World

In his final two bouts Azeez has defeated Andre Sterling and Lawrence Osueke, each opponents have additionally confronted off towards Ricky Summers.

The distinction is the champion claimed victory in each bouts, Summers didn’t win both of his, however it’s one thing Dan is just not wanting too deeply into.

“I believe that’s why I’ve been profitable up till this level as a result of my mentality is just not like that. I can’t go into this struggle like, ‘as a result of he drew with Osueke and misplaced to Andre I’m gonna beat him. That’s so silly. I’m not Osueke and I’m not Sterling.

“I convey a complete completely different dynamic to the struggle and so does he, he’s a brand new opponent, I’m a brand new opponent. You by no means know what may’ve been components in these fights to why he misplaced and why I gained.”

A loss actually doesn’t outline a fighter, Bernard Hopkins misplaced his debut and went on to turn out to be a world champion, Muhammad Ali misplaced on 5 events. You merely can’t write a fighter off after a loss.

“I am going into this struggle with a recent opponent, hungry, a monster. That is one other probability for him to get to the British title so I’m anticipating the most effective Ricky Summers.

“I have a look at it [like this]. If I used to be in his place it’s do or die. In order that’s the mentality I’ve for it. I’ve somebody coming for it, it’s do or die for him. That’s what drives me in coaching and the place my mindset is.”

Dan Azeez retained his English title with a ninth round stoppage over Andre Sterling Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK Global
Dan Azeez retained his English title with a ninth spherical stoppage over Andre Sterling Picture Credit score: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK World

Solely 4 of Azeez’s 12 opponents have heard the ultimate bell, that is one thing that Dan hopes Ricky Summers is not going to obtain.

“I hope it doesn’t. I don’t need it to. I may win a struggle, each single spherical but when it goes to the ultimate bell I’m nonetheless nervous. I don’t care, I may return to the nook they usually say, ‘you gained simple,’ I say, ‘no,’ since you by no means know what the judges are considering. You by no means know what they see. It’s such as you’ve put destiny of their arms.

“So, I don’t need it to go the gap, I gained’t be blissful if it does. To not discredit him, he’s robust and sport but when I can get him out within the first spherical I’ll be blissful!”

We began on a childhood inspiration so allow us to end on a present inspiration.

Lawrence Okolie is a person Dan is aware of extraordinarily effectively. A pal and a task mannequin however his glory on the high of the game comes as no shock.

“I’m very happy however you see the factor with Lawrence is that is what we’ve anticipated from the amateurs so it’s not a shock to any of us, even my coach, Brian O’Shaughnessy who used to coach him.”

Lawrence Okolie became WBO Cruiserweight world champion with a sixth round stoppage of Krzysztof Glowacki on Saturday Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing
Lawrence Okolie grew to become WBO Cruiserweight world champion with a sixth spherical stoppage of Krzysztof Glowacki. Picture Credit score: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

Okolie was all the time going to succeed in the top in line with those that surrounded themselves round him.

“He simply had that perception in himself and all of us knew it was going to occur.

“As simple as he’s grabbed it’s as simple as we predict he’ll go on to unify and go on to heavyweight.

“It’s not one thing that could be a shock to us however we’re very, very blissful that he’s received the world title.

“He’s an inspiration to all of us, man. He got here from the identical background as myself, we each had our first beginner struggle on the identical day, we’ve boxed one another within the amateurs, educated alongside one another, sparred a whole bunch of rounds.

“I’ve seen him from the beginning of his profession to the place he’s now. It’s nice to see the transition of a fellow mate of mine and see him attain the heights he’s at now.”

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