Tom Aspinall won the UFC interim heavyweight championship with a first-round knockout of Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295. Aspinall is unlikely to fight for some time due to Jon Jones’ injury. Aspinall expressed an interest in boxing if the UFC doesn’t allow him to fight Miocic or Jones. The news was shared by MMA Orbit on Twitter.
Fans had mixed reactions to Aspinall’s interest in boxing, with some questioning if boxing fans would be interested in watching Aspinall and others emphasizing that boxing might not be in the UFC’s plans for the interim heavyweight champion. Some fans expressed fatigue at UFC fighters wanting to box, while others believed it was a way to put pressure on UFC President Dana White.
Despite holding the interim title, Aspinall is unlikely to face Jon Jones in his return. Aspinall expressed the opinion that Jones should be stripped of his title and stated that he would like to face Miocic for the chance to challenge Jones for the heavyweight championship. However, it is unlikely that Jones will be stripped of his title or that Miocic will fight before challenging for the belt.