ANDREW Fisher hopes European title success is a sign that he is no longer the nearly man of British cage fighting.
The Sunderland scrapper lifted the Supremacy Fight Challenge’s European lightweight crown last month after a quickfire victory over Northern Ireland’s Martin Begley.
It took Fisher just 44 seconds to win the vacant belt at Gateshead’s Federation Breweries after stopping Begley with a North-South choke.
Eden Vale’s Fisher had lost three of his four previous mixed martial arts bouts, including a British title shot against veteran Abdul Mohammed, in April.
But the 26-year-old hopes the victory is a sign that his career has new momentum as he looks to follow in the footsteps of UFC-contracted Wearsiders Ross Pearson and Phil De Fries.
Fisher said: “In the past, I’ve thought that I’ve just been missing some luck.“I have been around quite a while now and had some big fights, but I’ve always fallen a bit short on the decision.
“But everything went according to plan against Begley and hopefully that will continue.
“I’m back to winning ways and I want to keep hold of this belt as long as possible.”
Fisher faces a daunting task to mount a sustained run as European champion, with his first title defence against former UFC lightweight Aaron Wilkinson.
Manchester-born Wilkinson has lost three of his last five bouts, but does have the pedigree to seriously test Fisher’s credentials in the clash, due to take place at Nissan Sports Centre, on Saturday, October 29.
“Everyone says their next bout will be their hardest yet, but that really could be the case with this one,” added Fisher.
“Aaron has fought in UFC, but when you get to this level, every fight you have is tough.”