Tom Aspinall Hopes to See Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury Run It Back, Will ‘Wait Out’ for Jon Jones After Blaydes Fight

The interim UFC heavyweight champ hopes to see a rematch between Fury and Usyk

Tom Aspinall
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Tom Aspinall wants to see Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury run it back.

On Saturday night, Usyk shocked the world when he scored a stunning split decision victory over ‘The Gypsy King’ in Saudi Arabia to become the first unified heavyweight boxing champion in 25 years

Though some fans believe that Fury should have walked away with his ‘O’ intact, the consensus appears to back Uysk as the rightful winner. Speaking with talkSPORT, Aspinall certainly can’t disagree with the two judges who favored ‘The Cat,’ but is still hoping to see a rematch between the two heavyweight icons. 

“Irrelevant of who you thought won, we won as viewers. I think it was an amazing fight from both guys.” Aspinall said “So much skill, so much heart and determination from both guys. If you would’ve asked me who I thought won, it was well justified Usyk won and that’s coming from someone who’s known Tyson for a long time.”
Aspinall added, “I think Usyk won it fair and square and I’d like to see a rematch. That’s heavyweight combat sports, to me after the first four rounds, Usyk started to look a bit flat but maybe that was just Usyk taking his foot off the gas. Tyson started coming on a bit and then before you know it, Usyk nearly stopped him in the ninth and then it was all downhill for Tyson.”

Tom Aspinall hopes he’ll score his own heavyweight unification bout before long.

Tom Aspinall is Willing to ‘Wait Out’ for Jon Jones Fight

On Saturday, July 27, Aspinall will put his UFC gold on the line, marking the first time a fighter has defended an interim belt in more than a decade

The UK-based star will square off with Curtis Blaydes in the UFC 304 co-main event in Manchester — the winner leaving with the interim heavyweight title and setting the stage for a potential unification bout with undisputed titleholder Jon Jones, once ‘Bones’ handles some business with Stipe Miocic in November

“I’m over it at this point,” Aspinall said of his long-rumored unification clash with Jon Jones. “I’m fighting Curtis Blaydes now. It’s a tough fight and I have to prepare for it. Jon Jones and all the rest of the politics are pretty irrelevant to me right now. If I win this one, my next fight has to be for the undisputed [title] and I’ll wait it out if I have to.

“For right now, that doesn’t exist. What exists for me is Curtis Blaydes and nothing more.”

Watch the full interview below:

Published on May 20, 2024 at 6:29 pm
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