CWFC Champion Danny Batten Returns From Injury With A Win
The Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Danny Batten returned to action on Saturday night at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8 in Southend-on-sea with a submission win with over the Italian striker Cristian Binda.
Batten has been out of action since his defeat to the Featherweight King of Pancrase Yoshiro Maeda in Toyko back in April 2007. Since then Batten has been plagued by injury, which saw him forced out of his Cage Rage bout with Leigh Remedios earlier this year. This led to numerous taunts and forum threads on whether or not ‘Danny Batten was really injured’.
However the skilful submission expert from Milton Keynes showed that he is back to full fitness with his second win on a UWC show. (after being victorious in his previous UWC appearance back in February 2007 against the Frenchman Nayeb Hezam)
After a tentative start, which saw the experienced Englishman keep his distance from the smaller , quicker and more dangerous striker. Batten soon had to fend off a wave of attacks from his opponent who was initially much sharper having faced some of the UK’s top Featherweight and Lightweight talent over the past year and a half whilst Batten has been away. This was evident in the first round as Batten took some time to shake off the ring rust that developed during his long layoff.
However Batten was more composed as the fight went on, and was able to minimalise the effects of Binda’s attacks with some solid defensive work and on the second time of asking, the Englishman was able to take the Italian down to the canvas where he quickly submitted him with a slick armbar, to seal a hard fought comeback win.
After speaking to Cagewarriors.com imminently after the fight, Batten acknowledged his performance was impaired by the ring rust caused from such a long layoff. However he hopes to be back in action soon as he prepares to defend his CWFC World Title early next year.
Everybody at Cage Warriors wishes Danny the very best of luck and we hope he quickly returns to the top spot in the European rankings, where he belongs in one of Europe’s most stacked divisions.
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