Tom Aspinall ‘is a warrior like Tyson’ and will be the ‘first MMA star to mega things in boxing’, claims John Fury, having watched British UFC heavyweight star spar his son
- Tom Aspinall has four wins from four in UFC after making his debut last year
- His career victims include former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski
- The 6’6” fighter sparred with Tyson Fury before his win over Wladimir Klitschko
- John Fury praised Aspinall’s attitude and says he has ‘bottle and guts to burn’
John Fury has backed UFC fighter Tom Aspinall to emulate his son Tyson and win boxing titles – as well as starring in MMA.
The British UFC fighter, who sparred with Tyson before ‘The Gypsy King’ became unified heavyweight world champion in 2015, has four wins from four fights with the promotion company and is now 11th in the heavyweight rankings.
Fury senior believes the 6’6” 28-year-old from Wigan is destined for great things and commended his attitude, telling GiveMeSport: ‘Tom Aspinall will do big things in the UFC, but he’ll also have a crossover bout and he’ll probably be the first MMA fighter to do mega things in boxing as well.
Tom Aspinall has been tipped for big things by John Fury after an explosive start to life in UFC
Aspinall’s early career victims include Andrei Arlovski after their bout in February this year
Fury believes Aspinall can win boxing titles like his son Tyson – and also excel in the Octagon
‘He’s got bottle and guts to burn, and he’s a big strong lad. He’s willing to learn and improve his game.
‘He’s a good listener, Tom Aspinall. I like him, I like his attitude. He’s a warrior like Tyson.
‘He doesn’t let nothing overcome him, he doesn’t let nothing get in his way. Look at the mark he’s already making, he’s only young still.
‘And I think when he’s done there, he can be the first crossover to come from the MMA world to conventional boxing and win titles, and I said that first.’
Tyson Fury sparred with Aspinall before defeating Wladimir Klitschko on points in 2015
He most recently stopped Deontay Wilder to remain two-time world heavyweight champion
Aspinall secured a TKO against Collier on the Whittaker vs Till undercard in July 2020 before following up that first-round triumph with an even more clinical victory over Alan Baudot.
The standard stepped up a notch in February this year when he faced 42-year-old former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, but Aspinall showed he was up to the task by securing a second-round rear-naked choke submission before seeing off Sergey Spivak after two-and-a-half minutes last month.
Fury retained his two-time world heavyweight champion status earlier this month with an 11th-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas.