Unbeaten Hemsworth fighter Scott Askham did not think he was at his best, but proved too good for challenger Max Nunez as he defended his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts world middleweight title.
Nunez had been making some big noises in the build-up to last Saturday’s contest at the Guildhall, Southampton, but it was Askham doing all the talking afterwards following a third round TKO victory in the main event at BAMMA Fight Night 1.
For the Hemsworth man it was the biggest fight of his career so far and he was determined to take control from the start, soon establishing himself as the aggressor.
Nunes had some limited success with hands and knees, but Askham took what he had to offer and always had the edge.
He finally broke the challenger in the third round, rocking him with some fierce punches that forced Nunes to the floor.
Nunes bravely carried on, but Askham’s onslaught continued until his opponent could no longer defend himself and the fight was ended after one minute, 50 seconds of the round.
Askham was understandably pleased after the fight.
He said: “I feel awesome. It’s the biggest win of my career.
“But I didn’t feel like my performance was good. I did gas a little bit and I’ll have to go back and look at that. I felt fit through my camp, I don’t know if it was my diet, but I did feel it in my lungs a bit more than usual.
“I felt it in my lungs in the first round and I had to be in a controlled state to get through the fight. That’s very unlike me, I train hard.
“I could hear Max’s corner saying ‘he’s tired’ but I knew Max was tired as well so it’s probably why I managed to get the finish in first.
“I still dominated the fight and knew I could do enough to win every round.
“I’d like to thank all my fans who travelled down from Yorkshire to support me. I’d also like to thank all my team at Ludus Magnus for getting me to where I am.”