Tom Mearns: I truly believe I won rounds two and three  

Tom Mearns: I truly believe I won rounds two and three  

Last Saturday Cage Warriors hosted one of their tentpole ‘Super Saturday’ events and it didn’t disappoint, giving fans on BT Sports two main cards, three titles, shocks, submissions and knock outs galore. However, the event didn’t pass without a degree of controversy, with one of the Facebook prelims splitting the fanbase.

Previously unbeaten Tom Mearns faced the stiffest challenge in his career as he took on Aiden Lee. A 15-minute war ensued, with both fighters enjoying periods of dominance; Lee controlled the first round, bloodying Mearns’ face, picking his opponent off at will with precise and lightning quick jabs. Mearns readjusted his game plan between rounds, slipping strikes, closing the range and securing what most thought would be round-winning takedowns in the second. The third was a far closer contest. Mearns continued pressing forward, Lee tired, but landed more than he had in the previous five, even securing a takedown of his own.

The judges scores were collated and to some viewers’ surprise Lee’s hand was raised. Whilst not many could argue a 29-28 score, the nature of the cards were what was disputed, with two of the three judges giving Lee round two. We caught up with Tom Mearns, who is still smarting from the first reversal of his professional career.

“The fight was tough. Just how I expected it to be. The first round was the hardest, as I had expected it to be. I was struggling with the physicality of Aiden. But I didn’t mind at all. I like the adversity. As time went by I felt much less power on his shots. By the end of the first I found a shift in the momentum and I was enjoying the fight. Overall I had a great fight and feel that it was the fight of the night”.

“I was absolutely gutted when the result was read out. Definitely mixed emotions as I didn’t get the result I feel I had deserved but I was still happy with myself. I haven’t actually paid much attention to the cards but friends and family members are pretty livid about it. Of course I am upset about losing my unbeaten record. It’s not an ego thing. As I have always said, I’d lost as an amateur and I don’t care too much about how other people perceive me. What really upsets me is that it seemed to be the only leverage I had to help sell and promote me and to help get the fights I want. It is so hard to keep it real and to stand out in an ocean of amazing fighters in the featherweight division. I can’t afford a backwards step. I’m trying to make it and I’m sick of being stuck in a bloody warehouse not being able to work on my passion”.

“As for Aiden, from the bottom of my heart I wish for him to win the (Cage Warriors) World Title, so I can come and take it from him. I always said I would become a world champion, and I’m sure Aiden wants it for himself too”.

“The Cage Warriors experience as a whole was awesome. I had a great time and felt very welcomed. They were very professional with me and the matchmaker Ian Dean was great to work with. However, I truly believe I won rounds two and three”.



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