WATCH: Tyson Fury celebrates as compatriot Tom Aspinall secures interim heavyweight title in spectacular fashion
Tyson Fury extends warm congratulations to Tom Aspinall on his victory at UFC 295, against Sergei Pavlovich.
Tyson Fury congratulates Tom Aspinall (Source: IMAGO/Twitter)
The cancellation of the highly anticipated UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic was due to Jones suffering a torn pectoral muscle. As a replacement, the promotion scheduled an interim title fight between Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall, which took place as the co-main event at UFC 295.
Despite facing several challenges such as being not in the best physical shape and lacking a Visa, Aspinall won the interim heavyweight title with a spectacular knockout victory. This has garnered many positive fan reactions from fans and peers. One amongst them is WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Fury, who sparred with Aspinall, commended him for his outstanding performance against Pavlovich. It’s worth mentioning that Fury had enlisted Aspinall in his training camp before he triumphed over Francis Ngannou. Taking to his Instagram, he said in a video:
Congratulations to the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world! God bless you, Tom. Well done, brother...
Fury recently took on former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou in a crossover bout held in Riyadh. Despite facing tough opposition in Saudi Arabia, Fury emerged victorious through a split decision. Originally scheduled for Dec. 23, his championship bout against Oleksandr Usyk was postponed due to injuries he suffered during his fight with Ngannou.
Fury is on a pathway to recovery and personal growth, reeling from his latest matchup. There are no updates on the future of his fight with Usyk. On the other hand, Usyk has said that he anticipated an early February showdown with the boxer.
Tom Aspinall asserts unwillingness to wait 18 months to face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic
Tom Aspinall claimed victory over Sergei Pavlovich in the co-main event of UFC 295. Thus earning the interim UFC heavyweight championship with a first-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. The British fighter landed a powerful right hand that floored his Russian opponent, and the referee stepped in, thus ensuring a quick victory in 69 seconds.
However, CEO Dana White has reiterated that Jon Jones faces Stipe Miocic after recovering and not the interim title holder. Speaking at the post-fight press conference with Caroline Pearce of TNT Sports, Aspinall mentioned he does not want to wait for 18 months.
He would have to wait until a victor emerges from the said matchup. Instead, fresh off his win, Aspinall aspires to fight again at UFC 300.
With his 11th career knockout victory, Aspinall now stands at 14-3. He remains determined to face a new challenger in April. He has time and again illustrated his wish to face Jones as well.
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