Tom Aspinall admits he has a “good relationship with fear,” despite feeling he wants to quit before the fights.
The British heavyweight star is roaming the rankings at a rapid pace with four consecutive arrivals since making his debut in July 2020.
With incredible hands, blazing speed and a grappling game that would make a Brazilian blush, the Atherton native is gaining ground in the mixed martial arts world.
Coming from a fighting family, the 28-year-old was guided to the precipice of sport by his father – Andy Aspinall – an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor with over 20 years of experience.
Aspinall has also fought with Tyson Fury during his burgeoning boxing career, which means his understanding of range and execution of shots makes him one of the brightest prospects in the sport.
Although he treated Sergey Spivak in Las Vegas with disconcerting ease earlier this month, the 6-foot-5 boxer still struggles with anxiety like any other human being.
“Oh buddy, every time I fight I think to myself that day, ‘I’ll never do that again,'” Apsinall told talkSPORT.
“I literally think that every day in a fight I’m like – ‘This is the last time I do this shit. “
“But as soon as I’m in there I’m fine!” I’m absolutely fine, I just have a good relationship with fear at this point.
“I realize that fear can help me; if i use it to help me it can help me a lot. Even though I’m scared, it actually helps me. It sounds silly to someone who doesn’t understand fear correctly, but because I’m so scared and had a lot of fights at this point, I understand.
“That’s the best way I can describe it – me and Fear have a very, very good relationship. And I know how to use it well.
The relief etched on Aspinall’s face after arriving in Spivak’s first round proves just how strong the aforementioned relationship with fear is.
Still, it was even more obvious how much another $ 50,000 bonus for the night’s performance meant to him, as the cameras caught him crying uncontrollably.
Despite the sparkling glow of his rising star, the Briton still hasn’t had a beer with UFC Hall of Fame member Michael Bisping after trying to host one in February.
Although logistics got in the way at the start of the year, the heavyweight prospect is still hoping “The Count” fancies a pint with him in the not-so-distant future.
“No, mate, he fired me again!” Second time, ”Aspinall joked. “Second time!
“To be fair, we were going to have one, but since the show ended early, he had to go.
“His wife was all over him, he was under the thumb, so he had to come down.
“He’s coming to the UK soon, so we’ll have to catch up soon. “
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