The UK have got a new Heavyweight star in Tom Aspinall
Tom Aspinall picked up a big win last night at Cage Warriors 107. The Team Kaobon fighter is looking to get as much experience under his belt as possible with Cage Warriors. His prior outing counted as a win but in unfortunate circumstances as his opponent’s leg broke following a kick being defended. The unpleasant scene was what no one wanted to see so this fight gave him the opportunity to showcase his skills and get the win in the fashion which he had set out to.
As most already know Aspinall trains with Darren Till and was a sparring partner to Tyson Fury. Two high level fighters, which shows what level he is able to keep up with and challenge in training. Pressure in the build up to fights seems to be mounted on Aspinall but it seems as though he just takes it in his stride and deals with it perfectly. All of the above was shown last night though. Aspinall once again proved why he is a major prospect last night at Cage Warriors 107 against Michael Ben Hamouda.
Both men started at a fast pace, an accidental low knee from Aspinall briefly brought a halt to the action. After acknowledging it almost instantly it looked as though there may have been a bit of worry that there’s a possibility that his opponent couldn’t continue. However, the Frenchman quickly reassured the referee and the crowd that he was good to go and action resumed.
It didn’t take long for Aspinall to get back to work and showcase his ability and incredible power. He backed Ben Hamouda up and landed some clean strikes before dropping him with a huge punch which lead to the referee stepping in to stop the bout. [Insert name] was no slouch either, he was undefeated in his two pro MMA fights, which looks relatively inexperienced on paper. However, that is only in MMA, Ben Hamouda has some kickboxing experience with a BJJ Black Belt, so it’s not as if he was defeating a lacklustre opponent or journeyman.
It was refreshing to see the Heavyweight scene in Europe get a fresh top contender in Aspinall after he showed what he can do. His call out for fights hopefully won’t go unnoticed as he is desperate to get that experience under his belt. The lack of depth in the Heavyweight division means that we could easily see him earn a Cage Warriors title shot with another win against a heavyweight contender.
It’s early days yet, but it looks as though Team Kaobon could have another one of their talented team signed to the UFC in the future. To cite the lack of depth in that division once again, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get a call up with one or two more fights as he continues to live up to the hype.
Photo Credit: Cage Warriors
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