Tyson Fury leads plaudits for Tom Aspinall after world title triumph
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Aspinall, 30, needed only 69 seconds to stop Sergei Pavlovich in New York's Madison Square Garden.
His victory was even more impressive given he took the fight at only two-and-a-half week's notice, after the scheduled UFC 295 main event had to be scrapped when champion Jon Jones ruptured a pectoral muscle.
Aspinall, who hails from Atherton, has previously been a training partner of Fury, and he showed his power by grounding Pavlovich before the referee had to jump in.
And Fury reckoned it 'couldn't have happened to a more lovely person'.
Writing on Instagram, he said: "Just want to say a massive shout out to my brother Tom Aspinall, the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world!'
"God bless you Tom, all the best brother.
"It couldn't have happened to a more lovely person.
"Congratulations to you and your family and I hope you have a fantastic, fantastic time."
Fury had earlier tweeted: "We've got some serious talent in England.
"Massive congratulations to Tom on his win. Another top-tier athlete in the making!"
Fury trained with Aspinall ahead of his controversial victory over UFC fighter Francis Ngannou last month.
Discussing Aspinall's fighting prowess on TNT Sports, Fury said: "He's a good fighter, probably could have made it as a pro boxer.
"I was quite sure he would have gone on and won a world championship.
"I think he can do it. He's big enough, he's got the power."