Jordan Vucenic’s dream has become a reality after he was crowned the Cage Warriors featherweight world champion.
The Corby Mixed Martial Arts fighter defeated Frenchman Morgan Charrière by split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47) after five rounds at the Trilogy event at London’s York Hall last Saturday night.
The victory was the culmination of years of hard work for the 25-year-old former Lodge Park Academy student.
The result was greeted with delight in Vucenic’s home town as fans flooded social media with messages of congratulations.
But there were also question marks raised, particularly by fans of Charrière, about the judges’ scorecards.
However, Vucenic insists nothing and no-one will be taking the moment away from him.
“It hasn’t sunk in, it has been a dream for such a long time, it’s weird to say I have done it,” said Vucenic, who trains at BST Academy in Northampton.
“It’s probably starting to hit me now. I think I was in shock for a bit, I had people asking me if I was okay but it has all been a bit crazy!
“I had no doubt on the night that I won that fight.
“I have seen all the comments about it and I have watched it back a couple of times and maybe it was closer than I thought.
“But I can’t let what some people are saying take anything away from me. It was a long-term dream that I went out and realised. I am the world champion and that’s that.
“I won’t let anyone take it away from me. I am the one sitting here with the sore body and the black eyes.
“I am the one who has put all the work and graft in.
“They can say what they want while they’re sitting in their armchairs and eating their doritos but I am the one who was in there and, essentially, put my life on the line to achieve my dream.
“This is the hurt business and anything can happen in there.”
Vucenic has been backed in his journey to the world title by a number of sponsors including Baileys Skip Hire, TR Scaffold, Skin City, The Food Station Corby, Charlbeck Jewellers, Carvin Security, Stand 'n' Tan, Booster, Wayne Kirk, Immortal 365 and Be Fit Food Box. And he also trained with Adam Hale Training.