Hemsworth fighter prepares for world title match

Scott Askham.
Scott Askham.

Hemsworth’s unbeaten mixed martial arts fighter Scott Askham tops the bill in a world middleweight title match at a BAMMA Fight Night in Southampton next month.

Askham, who boasts an unblemished 11 out of 11 professional win record, will take on Max “Power” Nunez on Saturday, June 7 at the O2 Guildhall, in Southampton.

It will be a major return to action for Askham after he had to pull out of his last intended match against Ion Pascu through a shoulder injury. Nunez stepped in and won so next month’s meeting of two of the biggest names in the sport is being billed as a massive contest. It is also something of a grudge match after comments made by Nunes were not taken too kindly by the Hemsworth man.

BAMMA’s exclusively signed world champion Askham has been impressive since turning professional, with his first eight victories achieved between four seconds and 2:48 and he also had a flawless record at amateur. The majority of his wins have been attained via TKO.

Askham debuted in the BAMMA cage for BAMMA 12 where he defeated the now BAMMA Lonsdale British middleweight champion, Harry McLeman, by rear naked choke, before going onto secure a victory over former British champion Jack Marshman.

He returned for BAMMA 13 where he defeated BJJ black belt Jorge Michelan Bezerra to earn the BAMMA world middleweight belt.

His first defence is against Nunez, who was the golden boy of the UK scene at light-heavyweight as he went undefeated over his first 10 professional fights.

BAMMA 11 saw him demolish Kevin Thompson via TKO at 1:40 into round one and achieve the eighth first round finish of his career. Nunes went on to face unorthodox Marcin Lazarz at BAMMA 12 in a tricky bout that was his first to stretch to the third round.

But BAMMA 13 ushered in Nunes’ first career loss against Jason Jones in a bout for the BAMMA world light-heavyweight title, after which he made the decision to drop down a weight. He has since won twice to earn his world title shot.

Tickets for the BAMMA Fight Night are available from Ticketmaster and by ringing 023 80632601.