YOUTH OIympic bronze medalist Hassan Azim had a scare in the semi-finals of the NABGC championships at Tudor Grange Kingshurst in Birmingham on Sunday (November 24).
Ivan Duniak (Rotunda) pushed him to a split points decision in Class D at 69kgs. For a round and a half, Azim (Hoddesdon) mostly fell short with his punches before finding his range and in the final minute of the second Azim landed left hooks, bringing cheers from his many supporters. The third was another tight round and Azim landed enough right hands to nick it.
Also in Class D,
there was late drama when Jamie Edwards (Triumph) and Connor Sams (Northumberland
Fire and Rescue) met. For two rounds, Edwards was mostly on the receiving end
against the strong Sams, looking to add
to the Development title he won last season. Midway through the last, Edwards detonated a right hand that turned Sams’ legs rubbery and the referee gave him a standing eight count. Edwards, who won his previous two bouts in the competition inside a round, couldn’t find another similar punch and once his head had cleared, Sams was back on the front foot.