Dan Azeez defends English title against Andre Sterling in all-South London clash

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Dan Azeez will defend his English light heavyweight title against Andre Sterling on March 20.

Lewisham’s Azeez, 30, has won all 11 professional bouts and won a unanimous decision over Lawrence Osueke to claim the vacant belt in December.

New Cross fighter Sterling has suffered back-to-back reverses but against dangerous opposition in the shape of Craig Edwards and Liam Conroy – that last reverse coming in the #GoldenContract tournament at the quarter-final display.

Andre Sterling (left) celebrates victory over Ricky Summers as the two hug at the end of the Eliminator for British Light Heavyweight Championship match at the O2 Arena, London.

The four remaining light-heavys in the competition will also be on the show at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

Azeez said: “I like to keep things traditional and winning and defending these titles is a way of proving myself.

“Andre and I train in the same gym and we’re from the same area so I know a lot about him already.

“The British title is the logical next step after the English one. If I win that, I’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment because it’s a very prestigious title.

“Beyond that, there are stages bigger than the British scene and ultimately, that’s the direction I want to be heading in.”

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