Azinga Fuzile Dismantles Martin Ward to Earn a Guaranteed Title Shot

Azinga Fuzile made a successful comeback to the sport with a stunning victory over Britisher, Martin Ward. The South African bounced back from his first career loss to show why he deserves a world title shot. ‘Golden Boy’ took home an impressive seventh round TKO to guarantee himself a title shot next.

The two fought in an IBF title eliminator on the undercard of the Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares undercard. On paper, the fight promised to be exciting given the different in stance and styles. However, the Brit was the slight favorite, and went into the bout on the back of five straight wins. Whereas, the South African was coming into the bout with a point to prove.

Azinga Fuzile vs. Martin Ward
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 28: Martin J. Ward (L) and Azinga Fuzile pose during the ceremonial weigh-in at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on May 28, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for their IBF junior lightweight bout at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas on May 29. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

How did the fight between Martin Ward and Azinga Fuzile pan out?

Both fighters took a cautious approach to the bout. Ward came forward to feel out Fuzile, while the South African waited for his opponent to make the first move with the aim to counter. However, the bout came to life in the second. Both fighters landed fast, hard combinations as the other came forward.

After an uneventful third round, Fuzeli got the biggest moment of the early part of the fight as he knocked down his opponent with a quick check-hook. However, the Brit responded perfectly as he came out and took the fight to his opponent. He landed longer combinations and he hurt Fuzile.

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How did the fight end?

The excitement continued in the sixth round as the 15-1 boxer took the fight right back at Ward and hurt him. However, in the seventh round, Ward suffered some sort of injury and could no longer move the way he was throughout the fight.

As a result, the South African stepped on the gas and landed a hard hook that sent the Brit down again. At this point Ward’s corner had enough and threw in the towel. They realized Ward could no longer compete given the injury and Fuzile’s skills.

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