Interim UFC heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall has said that he’s willing to try boxing if he can’t fight in the Octagon anytime soon.
Aspinall most recently competed against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295, where he secured a knockout victory in just 69 seconds to claim the UFC interim heavyweight title.
The card was originally scheduled to be headlined by Jon Jones versus Stipe Miocic, but the heavyweight champ had to withdraw due to injury. Dana White plans to book the fight again, once ‘Bones’ makes his return to the cage, likely by the end of 2024.
The situation is a tricky one for Aspinall, who isn’t sure when he’ll get his title unification bout against the champion.
During a recent interview on Fight Disciples, Aspinall said that he’ll be willing to box if the UFC doesn’t have much in store for him next year.
“Let’s do it,” Aspinall responded to the interview’s question about boxing in the future. “I want to be active in MMA, I’m healthy. Absolutely I’ll do that, if I can get that past the UFC, I’ll do that. That’s why I think it’s a good idea, I like it, I like it a lot. I’ll do that. I’ll do that, if they want me to do that, I’ll do it. But I want to be active. I had a year off with the knee injury and stuff. I’ve come back, if I do say so myself, I’ve looked pretty good in my two since then. I’m in a really good spot right now, let’s keep it moving. I don’t want to be waiting around for Jon Jones. Who knows if he’s going to come back or not?… I’ll fight another contender, or we’ll do one of them. That’s a great idea.”
Do you agree with Tom Aspinall?