‘We’re the real deal’ – Brit boxing stars Adam Azim and Hamzah Sheeraz to follow Amir Khan’s world champion ‘blueprint’


ADAM AZIM is joining Hamzah Sheeraz in Amir Khan’s blueprint to becoming world champion.

Khan, who became an overnight sensation after winning silver at the 2004 Olympics aged 17, reigned as the light-welterweight champ.

Adam Azim, left, with Amir Khan and brother Hassan

And he did so with the backing of adoring British and Pakistani fans up until his retirement in 2022.

Now Khan is helping bring through the next generation of stars, with Azim and Sheeraz the latest pair of multi-cultured prospects.

And Azim has promised both will live up to their huge billing and fill the boots vacated by Khan.

He told SunSport: “Myself and Hamzah Sheeraz are the next wave of British-Pakistanis who are going to go on and become world champions.

“Amir Khan created the blueprint and it’s now up to us to follow it. Trust me when I say we’re the real deal.”

Azim, 21, is regarded as one of the most exciting talents on the British circuit with European light-welterweight title to his name already at 11-0.

And both him and 7-0 older brother Hassan, 23, idolise mentor Khan.

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Sheeraz, 24, on the other hand has had his run-ins with the English icon but the pair have since patched things up.


The middleweight – managed by Khan’s uncle Taz – stands 6ft 3in and has 14 knockouts in his 18 unbeaten fights.

He returns in his biggest step up to date on Saturday night against former world title challenger Liam Williams, 31.

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Sheeraz has his sights set on championship aspirations himself having earned a No4 ranking with the WBC and No5 in the WBO’s.

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