Impressive winner Askham earns shot at KSW world title

Scott Askham.
Scott Askham.

Hemsworth’s mixed martial arts hero Scott Askham thrilled a Wembley Arena crowd with another brilliant win on Saturday as his revival continues to gather pace in the KSW promotion.

Askham took a major step towards winning the KSW world middleweight crown when he won what was effectively a final eliminator for a title shot in devastating fashion against Poland’s Marcin Wójcik.

With the title currently vacant two semi-finals were held to decide who should fight off for the crown and in the first of them the Hemsworth man dominated an opponent expected to give him problems after stepping down a weight for the contest.

Askham took just one minute, 37 seconds to destroy Wójcik. From the start he impose his style on the Pole and after a precise kick to the liver his opponent crumpled to the mat to give the referee no option but to stop the fight in the first round.

It made it back to back round one victories for Askham in the KSW promotion and he will now meet the man he beat in his previous contest, Michal Materla, in the final with the title at stake some time in the New Year.

Materla is a big hero in Poland and he won his semi-final also with a first round stoppage. He will be gunning for revenge, but Askham is confident he can beat him again to bring the title to Yorkshire.

He said: “I respect Materla. he’s a superstar in Poland. With what he’s achieved in his career he’s doing good things. I respect that, but that title’s coming home.

“My short term goal was the KSW title and I’m one step closer to being a world champion.

“My striking is on another level since my move to American Top Team. I say my whole game has improved, I just haven’t had to show it.

“This has been the hardest camp for me by far. Not just physically, but very mentally testing – testing me in ways I haven’t been tested before.”

On his performance against Wójcik, Askham said: “The fight couldn’t have gone any better. It went just like I’d drilled.

“My set ups, my feints, everything was great.”

After the fight Askham admitted he was looking forward to coming home to his wife and children. He thanked his teammates, coaches, sparring partners, KSW for the opportunity and fans who made themselves heard at Wembley.

Sponsors to help him included Hudson Maintenance Ltd, Hoyle Mill MOT, Coleman’s Steakhouse, iGot DOMS, Concussion Pro 1, RW Building & Landscaping, MC & C Utilities, The Injury Clinic, The Alpha, HD Sports and Heavy Duty Fight Management.