Hemsworth’s Askham defends British title

Hemsworth fighter Scott Askham retained his British title in Doncaster at the weekend.
Hemsworth fighter Scott Askham retained his British title in Doncaster at the weekend.

Hemsworth MMA champion Scott Askham successfully defended his Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships British Middleweight title in Doncaster last weekend.

Askham beat Welsh challenger Jack Marshman at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday to take his professional record to 11-0 and continue his rapid ascent up the British rankings.

Askham will jump into the top ten in the latest rankings, and is hoping to continue his 100% record at his next bout in September after a challenging test against Marshman.

He said: “It was a tough fight, I expected it to be tough but it went to plan.

“It was a massive step up again and hopefully I’ll be fighting at BAMMA on September, 14.”

Askham, 25, turned professional in 2008 and has won all 11 of his fights, eight of those in the first round.

But he was taken the full distance by the dangerous Welshman Marshman, who boasted a record of 12-2 going into the bout.

The Welshman had won two of his previous four fights in the first round, and Askham was aware of the threat he posed, keeping him at a safe distance in a professional performance.

The fight went to three rounds, but it was Askham who was crowned victor as he defended his belt with a unanimous decision.

Askham, who trains out of Ludus Magnus Gym in Doncaster, clinched the title last August with a convincing victory over Mark Jones, winning by technical knock-out after just 35 seconds.

He has won all four of his fights since then, with a first-round dismissal of Dai Cook, decision win against Denniston Sutherland and final-round victory over Harry McLeman before the Marshman bout.

The result takes the Hemsworth hitman closer to his dream of competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Askham is optimistic of his chances.

He said: “Fighting in UFC has always been in the back of my mind and I’m one step closer to that now.

“I’ll know a bit more in a couple of wins time but I’m very close now.”

The bout with Marshman was part of UCFC 5 - Legends of MMA at the 15,000-capacity stadium, with big names including Ian “The Machine” Freeman and Ricco Rodriguez also in action.

Music at the event was provided by rapper Professor Green, Jay MYA and The Sunshine Underground.

Askham would also like to thank his sponsors for their continued support. They are Millennium Motor Spares, The Injury Clinic, Hoyle Mill MOT Centre, Land Engineering Services, JY Nutrition, Heavy Duty Fight Gear and The Mouthguard Shop.