Watch: 'Instinctively of course I want back in' - Jimmy Spithill still unsure about competing at next America's Cup

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill still holds the loss against Team New Zealand in Bermuda as the driving force for wanting to compete at the next America's Cup, but he is yet to make a decision whether he will commit to another campaign.

Spithill said the loss against New Zealand in June was a tough pill to swallow.

"Instinctively I want to race tomorrow," Spithill said.

"It's sort of like losing a grand final you want to go straight back out there and not get revenge but you want to get back out there and right that result that didn't go your way.

"And that's a really competitive, instinctive feeling inside me."

Spithill, 38, said he would love to compete again in the 2021 America's Cup but believes he will make his intentions known once Team New Zealand announces their new rules and format on November 30 for the regatta.

"On the flipside we've also got to see what are the new rules - where are the goal posts? What's the protocol? What's the boat? What's the format?

Instinctively of course I want back in. I don't want to leave it like that - America's Cup sailor Jimmy Spithill

"Instinctively of course I want back in. I don't want to leave it like that. It's not the way you want to leave things obviously."

The Aussie sailor believes he is still capable to compete despite his age.

"I've still got the health, the fitness and I feel like I've got the skills but obviously I will only ever do it if I can give a team a competitive reason to have a shot at winning."

Spithill credited Team New Zealand's innovation at this year's America's Cup and said they were simply the better team.

"You know we won the qualifiers but the fact is Team New Zealand clearly out-sailed us in the America's Cup and ran a better campaign.

"All you can really do is pay respect to that."

Team New Zealand defeated Oracle Team USA 7-1 in the finals series to win the Auld Mug. 

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Watch: Dazed MMA fighter takes 40 punches in opening round - then delivers deadly TKO left hook

An MMA fighter has fought off wobbly knees and a dazed expression as well as his opponent to somehow retain his bantamweight title.

In the headline fight of Cage Warriors 86 in London on Sunday, Nathaniel Wood retained his belt after beating Josh Reed by TKO in the first round.

But less than a minute prior to the referee stepping in to award him the 12th win of his pro career, Wood looked set to lose his title after taking more than 40 punches in the opening two minutes of the fight.

The English fighter repeatedly stumbled backwards until his back was literally against the cage's wall, but when his Welsh opponent went in to finish him, he let down his defences - and Wood took full advantage.

One perfect left hook at close range to Reed's nose and the fight was flipped.

Reed immediately tried to clinch to regain his composure but Wood saw his chance, launching wild uppercuts in quick succession until Reed stopped defending himself, forcing the ref to step in and end the fight.

"He caught me with something and was throwing bombs but I've looked at his game plan and I know he doesn't move his head so I knew if I just throw back, we're slinging. I'm here to put on a show for everyone," Wood said in his post-fight interview in the octagon.

"Boom! I'm a Londoner, that's what we do."


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