John Hathaway stepped into the O2 Arena this evening with a significant amount of the media declaring him as the UK’s next emerging star, but Mike Pyle wasn’t buying the hype and over three rounds pointed out the holes in the young fighter’s game.
The first round belonged to Pyle who utilized a smart gameplan, attempting to take down Hathaway early in the round with some success and then later faking the takedown and following up with punches instead, tagging the Brit with significant blows as a result.
Total control is the only way to describe round two as Hathaway again struggled to make a difference in the stand-up battle, and was then taken down and placed in a mounted triangle by Pyle which left him trapped and helpless for the remainder of the round as the American rained down blows. The Brit survived to the bell but he took a beating in the process.
Luckily for Hathaway his opponent didn’t continue the beating in the third, but he did take him down and control him for another five minutes to put the decision well beyond doubt collecting a unanimous decision victory (30-27 x3).
It was a great win for Pyle who showed all his experience as he handed Hathaway the first loss of his MMA career in front of his home fans.
As a result Pyle enjoys one of the biggest wins of his career and improves to 21-7-1 while Hathaway heads back to the drawing board with a 14-1 record.