‘The Powerhouse’ Darren Towler returns to the cage on BELLATOR NEWCASTLE 9-2-19

Darren Towler once more returns to the Cage looking to carry on his winning streak after being victorious in his last bout against Tony Mustard on the huge Bellator Newcastle bill at the Metro Radio Arena on February 9th.

Towler vs Etherington is set to be brutal heavyweight clash on this stacked fight card!

Tickets are availbe priced as below, by contacting Darren official Facebook Fan Page by clicking here or pasting the URL below into your browser!

www.facebook.com/Darren-Powerhouse-Towler-1007868455980156

£125 (Cage Side), £100, £75, £55, £45, £35 (Standard Seat)

Big Hearted Cage Fighter to help Family at Christmas – European MMA Champ in search of a deserving family this Christmas

Big Hearted Cage Fighter Darren ‘Powerhouse’ Towler is to dig deep this Christmas to help a local deserving family!

The UCMMA European Heavyweight Champion Darren Towler is looking for a deserving family who may be down on their luck or struggling this Christmas to provide the kind of Christmas that they would like for their Children after his offer on social media last week to give £1000 out of his own pocket.

Towler, nick named ‘Powerhouse’ when he steps into the Octogon has had title success a number of times in his MMA career including , Strike and Submit Heavyweight Title , Supremacy Heavyweight Title , Made for the Cage European Heavyweight Title , UCMMA /Cage Rage British Heavyweight Title and UWC European Title.

Darren commented on social media that he felt lucky and somewhat privileges to have everything that he needs this Christmas and realises that he is lucky not only to have his family around him but to be able to give them a good Christmas and he has given a lot of thought to many North East families that won’t be so lucky due to health issues, financial problems or family problems and he wants to do his bit for one family by donating one thousand pounds for their Christmas. MMA man Towler doesn’t want anything in return, just know that the chosen family will be able to enjoy a worry free festive period.

Many may well be surprised of this act of generosity from well know fighter, but not friend of Towlers and Combat Sports Media man Stu Armstrong, who said “This is not surprising one bit of Darren, yes he may well reign down carnage on his opponent in the cage but anyone that knows Darren the person,  rather than Darren the Fighter knows just how how kind and generous he is, and how much he does for North East charities. I think this is just typical of the big man with the big heart and he really will make someones Christmas Special”

If you know of a family that you think would benefit from this kind offer then please please click here to contact Darren and his team direct via his Facebook Fan page, or you can email myself, Stu Armstrong, at stu@stuarmstrong.com and I would be more than happy to pass the details to Darren in your behalf

Darren Towlers social media post of November 12th 2018

 

Darren Towler Interview  2017

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio in North Shields is offering Tattoo’s for £10 all day on Saturday 25thAugust, to raise funds for a young boy named Owen who tragically has a Brain Tumour and a serious Neurological condition and is in dire need of Physiotherapy and Sensory Equipment.

In addition to the funds raised from the £10 inking sessions at Axe and Anchor they are also running a raffle with an array of fantastic prizes donated by local business’s

Tattoo Artist and owner of Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio, Dan Ridgewell was quoted as saying We are looking forward to Saturday and we’re seeing a good response to this so far. We are really hoping to be inundated with customers looking to get their £10 tattoos” he went to point out that the whole reason for the £10 tattoo date is to raise much needed charitable funds “Please remember that we are doing this for charity. For a little boy that needs sensory and physio equipment. So be mindful that we need to get as many people tattooed and make as much money for little Owen as possible. Asking for stuff that’s going to take longer is a little bit selfish guys. Read the offer please, that’s what we’re offering any more than that will cost more because we only have 8 hours to tattoo everyone that turns up to donate” 

Tattoo Artist and Proprietor of Axe and Anchor, Dan Ridgewell

If you can’t make it to Axe and Anchor on Saturday then don’t worry you can still join in and help be making a donation on the crowd funding page that has been setup for own, which can be found by clicking hereor pasting the URL below into your browser.

Axe and Anchor can be found at, 18 Prudhoe Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear,NE29 6RA with the doors opening on what is expected to be an exhausting but successful day at 10am

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP.

Prizes so far include:
A £100 tattoo voucher, a £50 tattoo voucher.
A lovely meat hamper delivered to your door! From Micky Mags at Rothbury family butchers. A £300 voucher from Chris Ratcliffe for plastering,or building work, a months membership at Marden amateur boxing club and two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Dean Preston Two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Sean Fineran
Diaries of a doorman volumes 1 and 2 from Stu Armstrong
Tickets are £1 a strip, with Every penny we make is going to little Owen

The £10 Tattoo offer constitutes: Up to three 2cm high word’s in a row in the popular Cantaneo font

OUT NOW! ‘The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 4 – Bouncers and Bravado’

‘The Diaries of a Doorman 4 – Doorman & Divas’ is the fourth and final book in Stu Armstrong’s highly successful ‘The Diaries of a Doorman Series of books.

 

Click here now to order from Amazon

once again Armstrong is back with his unique and humorous writing style as he recalls more tales of his life as a Bouncer. Gritty, Truthful, Funny, Sad, Tragic and Bizarre stories are recounted by Armstrong that will have you gripping the edge of your seat one minute and fall of it laughing the next, as a Doorman for over 20 years Stu has seen a lot, maybe too Much! The Diaries of a Doorman series includes: The Diaries of Doorman Volume 1 – Doorman & Divas The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 2 – Bouncers & Bravado The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 3 – Bouncing in the Sun

‘BOXER’ the latest book by Stu Armstrong OUT NOW!! With foreword by former Word Champion Glenn McCrory

The much anticipated new book by Diaries of a Doorman author, Stu Armstrong is available now from Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format.

Click here now to order the Paperback!

Click here now to order in Kindle Format!

‘BOXER’ is set in the world of Unlicensed Boxing in the North East of England, and features a foreword by former Cruiserweight  champion of the world, Glenn McCrory.

As featured in the Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun. Click here to read the article CLICK TO ORDER NOW!!

Stu Armstrong is the author of a number of other books, including the smash hit ‘Diaries of a Doorman’ series of books. Click here to visit Stu Armstrong’s Author profile with links to other titles

BOXER is the story ‘Micky Tyson’, Christened ‘Michael’ by his father after his hero ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

Micky the oldest of four children takes it harder than the others when his father, an unlicensed boxer, who had what it took to turn pro but never did, was killed tragically by a hit and run driver when Micky was only Ten years old. We pick up the story when Micky turns fifteen, still struggling to cope with the loss of his Dad, by accident stumbles across his father’s old boxing gym, that he visited many times up until his Dads untimely death.

Will Micky have the courage to face his demons and ghosts and enter the gym? Will he follow his father into pugilism? Will Micky come face to face to killer of his beloved farther?

This is BOXER, this is Micky Tyson’s storey over a ten-year period, set in a very real and gritty backdrop of unlicensed boxing in the working class North East of England.

If McGregor plays dirty we would be more than justified for a “big suit” — Mayweather Senior

Many in the combat sports world – most prominently on the boxing side – have suggested one of the only ways Conor McGregor will be able to get a leg up on all-time great Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their August 26 boxing match is to ‘fight dirty.’

That belief was recently amplified by McGregor’s former sparring partner and current carnival barker/media pet Paulie Malignaggi revealing all of the supposedly ‘dirty stuff’ he does while boxing, be it for a lack of knowledge of the rules or just outright foul play.

All of McGregor’s potentially vast arsenal of MMA kicks, elbows, takedowns, and holds are obviously barred, and it’s widely accepted that the Irish MMA superstar would be disqualified and face a massive lawsuit from ‘Money’s’ team if he did use them in the bout. But that didn’t stop Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., from reiterating that during a recent appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd (quotes via Bloody Elbow), where Sr. offered the thought that with so many people suing each other, McGregor playing dirty would be more than justified for a “big suit”:

“It’s gonna stop right there. And guess what? Then we’re gonna throw a big suit at him. There’s enough people around here suing everybody for nothing, and this is something that you can be screwed for.”

Not surprisingly, Mayweather Sr. believes any diversion from the rules in place would be due to McGregor becoming frustrated at the stifling style of his son’s legendary defensive boxing skills, a widely accepted (and justified) view that Mayweather Sr. insists has lead to his son not training as hard as he has in the past, as ‘The Notorious’ showed the world just how good (or bad) he is in his infamous sparring videos with Malignaggi:

“Like I said many times before, Floyd is better. But I’m saying here now, he’s training good enough for a guy like this. Conor, first of all, showed the whole world his egg, and I think you know what I’m talking about. And guess what, it ain’t nothing.”

That’s the expected viewpoint from the boxing world, not only Mayweather’s team, as many from the sweet science have blasted McGregor’s speed in the ring and mocked him in the ‘Conor McGregor Challenge’ videos blasting his warm-up routines online.

Yet many outside of the boxing feel the opposite way, as the Irish star has been bet down to a tiny underdog comparatively after the glove size for the bout was reduced to eight ounces this week, with his odds of winning greater than many of the world-class boxers Mayweather has faced and defeated according to the sports books.

People are giving their faith to McGregor’s his puncher’s chance perhaps blindly, but that’s all going out the window if he does indeed infringe on the rules of boxing. But based on his love of money and the stakes on the line, don’t expect Mayweather Sr. to be filing that suit.

We’ll just have to wait and see on August 26.

Former Cruiserweight Champion of the Word & TV Boxing Punditt and Personality, Glenn McCrory to write foreword for the lastest book by Stu Armstrong ‘BOXER’

Click here to pre-order now from Amazon!

BOXER is the story ‘Micky Tyson’, Christened ‘Michael’ by his father after his hero ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

Micky the oldest of four children takes it harder than the others when his father, an unlicensed boxer, who had what it took to turn pro but never did, was killed tragically by a hit and run driver when Micky was only Ten years old. We pick up the story when Micky turns fifteen, still struggling to cope with the loss of his Dad, by accident stumbles across his father’s old boxing gym, that he visited many times up until his Dads untimely death.

Will Micky have the courage to face his demons and ghosts and enter the gym? Will he follow his father into pugilism?
Will Micky come face to face to killer of his beloved farther?

This is BOXER, this is Micky Tyson’s storey over a ten-year period, set in a very real and gritty backdrop of unlicensed boxing in the working class North East of England, out September 30th in Paperback and Kindle from the author of ‘The Diaries of a Doorman’ series of books Stu Armstrong

With foreword by former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World, TV Boxing Pundit & Personality the North Easts very Glenn McCrory!

Who better is there there to give an insight about the boxing scene in the North East of England, than a man from the area, that not only took part, but conquered the world! Big thanks to Glenn for agreeing to contribute to ‘BOXER’

Click here for Stu Armstrong’s Author profile including links to Stu’s books that are avaiable to order now in Paperback and Kindle format direct from Amazon!

Climbing Mountains is now out! The Debut album from Pridez has dropped, here’s how to order!

Pridez the artist behind the amazing ‘Unstoppable’ , Unstoppable Part 2′ and many other top tracks that have went viral online has now realeased his debut alabum ‘Climb any mountain’

See below for the link’s to the album digital release. Also a limited number of Hard copy CD’s avaiable via paypal and sent direct to door!

Pridez | Format: MP3 Download (Links below)

Amazon Link: http://amzn.eu/9h5MEA5

ITunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/climbing-mountains/id1272022560

HARDCOPIES: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9MAUZX4MCUWRQ

Tanner Fights Spinal Cord Tumor – Please Read!

This is something that I don’t generally do as there are so many causes out there on social media in this day and age that its hard to choose which to support but this is something that I feel I must share. Tanner is the brother of a very good friend of mine over in Canada. Not just the general kind of mate you chat with every now and then but a true friend. A friend that been always there to talk to in bad time and who is always pleased for and my family in good times and has since day one supported my work.

I know just how much this family are hurting but still they are all  there doing everything that they can to support Tanner, you couldn’t find a nice family f you tried. So yes I am asking, I am asking every single person to please make a donation to this appeal, it doesn’t mater how small it is everything helps and if you can’t afford to make a small donation then you can still help by just sharing this post. Please click onto the link below for Tanners Go Fund me page.

https://www.gofundme.com/tanner-fights-spinal-cord-tumor

Thank you personally from me, to everyone than van help by making a donation or sharing .

Stu Armstrong

The photo below is Tanner alongside his brother and my very good Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanner went for a self funded MRI in August of 2016, brought on by significant nerve pain and coordination loss. At the point the MRI revealed an intramedullary spinal cord tumor. This meant that the tumor was inside of his spinal cord, as opposed to an extramedullary spinal cord tumor, which attaches to the outside of the spinal cord.

The difference is significant as opening up the spinal cord to remove the tumor is extremely risky, especially in the thoracic region where Tanner is afflicted. Upon further examination it was determined that the tumor was very large, spanning 11.5cm from C7 to T7. As his motor function and quality of life degraded rapidly, he decided surgical removal of the tumour was the only logical course of action.

At this point in time Tanner has undergone 2 surgeries (July 12 when half the tumour was removed and July 26 when they successfully removed the rest of he tumor). Tanner is waiting for a referral to the Cross Cancer Clinic as well as an assessment to get into Glenrose Rehabilitation Center. If you know Tanner you will also know that reaching out like this is a last resort.

 

Whatever you are able to give please know that any amount helps to ease the financial burden of Tanner’s battle. THANK YOU for all your prayers and compassion. With kindest regards and appreciation we can’t express how much your support means to us as a family.

As if this build-up to the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight couldn’t be more stupid. There is now a scheduled fight confirmed between Floyd’s doppelganger and ‘Irishman Mini McGregor’.

Yep, he night before the big fight on August 1 in Las Vegas, these two fellas will come face-to-face at the Hustler Club.

Word on the street says the bout will last a total of 3 rounds.‘Mini Mayweather’ previously fought Mini Pacquiao in he lead-up to their big showdown, which eventually transpired to be shit.

Who takes it? Mini ‘Money’ or the Little ‘Notorious’?

Connor McGreggor vs Floyd Mayweather and so it begins with the first presser as Mcgreggor roasts Floyd

The first leg of the Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Conor McGregor world tour took place yesterday in Los Angeles, but a backstage verbal sparring match between ‘The Notorious’ and Mayweather’s father that was by far the most entertaining part of the whole day.

Dana White had warned at the UFC 213 post-fight press conference on Saturday night that the presser was likely to be “a sh*tshow” and he wasn’t wrong.

First off, McGregor’s entrance was completely botched, with the UFC champion just suddenly appearing on stage and then having to stand there awkwardly for several minutes by himself while they played through his theme songs.

Mayweather on the other hand was afforded a grand walkout, coming in from the rear of the Staple Center arena to the stage while his music played, before finally coming face-to-face with his rival on stage.

Then came a series of painfully dull, self-congratulatory speeches from various executives that only succeeded in killing the tension and annoying the crowd, who began to loudly boo.

Finally the fighters were given a chance to speak, but rather than the traditional Q&A style pressers that UFC fans are used to, which gives the opportunity for an entertaining war of words to break out, instead McGregor and Mayweather were just given an opportunity to take their turn at the podium to give a speech.

McGregor was first up and informed everyone that he didn’t know he’d have to give a speech until he was up on stage, but he still managed to bring his energy and entertainment into the presser.

Then it was Mayweather’s turn, and given that Mayweather Promotions is running the whole show it’s not surprising that he seemed more prepared for the fact that he’d have to give a speech.

McGregor interjected several times, which spiced things up a bit, but then people behind the scenes opted to cut his mic, showing a complete lack of understanding that this kind of drama is what makes a press conference great.

Showtime then dropped the ball again by not having a mic on the two fighters as they squared off again afterwards, with everything they said during a lengthy exchanges just inches from each others faces going completely unheard.

However, though the McGregor Vs Mayweather Jr press conference felt somewhat underwhelming, the Irish superstar’s backstage Q&A with the media afterwards was far more compelling due to the fact that Mayweather Sr showed up to heckle him.

Before long the two were engaged in a hugely entertaining back-and-forth exchange, and as you might expect, it was the sharp-tongued McGregor who schooled him in the art of verbal badinage.

Floyd Mayweather Senior crashes Press Conference to have his say with Connor McGreggor!

Many thought the McGregor Vs Mayweather Jr press conference felt somewhat underwhelming, the Irish superstar’s backstage Q&A with the media afterwards was far more compelling due to the fact that Mayweather Sr showed up to heckle him.

Before long the two were engaged in a hugely entertaining back-and-forth exchange, and as you might expect, it was the sharp-tongued McGregor who schooled him in the art of verbal badinage.

After Mayweather Senior repeatedly informed him that he’d beat his ass, McGregor jokingly mistook him for his son, saying, “You’ll get your chance on August 26th, Junior.”

McGregor then informed Mayweather’s father that they’d made a big mistake by taking the fight.

“I’m just telling you he’s too small. Too frail,” McGregor told him.

“You made a big mistake. You got greedy. He could have been 49-0, rode off into the sunset. Trust me, he got greedy here.”

McGregor largely kept things light-hearted and appeared amused by Mayweather Sr’s constant interruptions, at one point joking, “take that flip-flip out your mouth” at one of the aging boxing coach’s almost unintelligible replies.

“You’re a fan, senior,” McGregor quipped soon afterwards as the 64-year-old continued to yell obsenities at him. “Come on, admit it. I can spot a fan a mile away. It’s in your eyes.”

Connor McGregor allowed to use the ‘Flying Superman Punch’ against Mayweather!

According to Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza, Conor McGregor is allowed to throw a superman punch against Floyd Mayweather. The move that was coined in kickboxing has become commonplace in MMA, but it’s one that ‘Money’ won’t have seen before.

The move starts with a feigned leg kick so just the boxing commission will allow this seems far fetched and surely Floyd would be too fast to get caught?

Superman punch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Superman punch
Superman punch in Burmese boxing

Superman punch in Burmese boxing
Focus Striking

A superman punch is a technique used in Muay Thai, Sanshou, kickboxing, ITF-style taekwondo and mixed martial arts fighting.[1] The technique involves bringing the rear leg forward to feign a kick, then snapping the leg back while throwing a cross, resulting in greater power behind the punch.[2]

The earliest documented superman punch in mixed martial arts was performed by Bas Rutten at UFC 20 against Kevin Randleman.[3]

Professional wrestler Roman Reigns uses a “jumping, cross-body right hand” (not necessarily the martial arts version described above) as a signature move, which he called the Superman Punch.[4][5]

A variation involves pushing off from the fence with the opposite foot prior to the punch.[6]

Stu Armstrong to return to Radio with ‘Nova Radio North East

Stu Armstrong is once again bringing his hit radio show ‘The Stu Armstrong Interviews’ back on the s he joins ‘Nova Radio North East’.

The show, as its name would suggest is an interview based show around combat sports, and once again will bring the biggest and best names in combat sports worldwide to the show, and as always my interviews will ‘Always pack a punch’.

If you are involved in combat sports and would like to be a guest on the show then please contact radio@stuarmstrong.com 

Please visit the ‘Nova Radio North East’ website www.novaradio.co.uk for m0re information and don’t forget to clink on the link to download the player and listen live!

This Bank Holiday Monday tune in to FAST FM 87.9 where Stu Armstrong will be LIVE between 5pm & 6pm

FAST FM Newcastle is radio a show that broadcasts live during Ramadan from the Islamic Diversity Centre in Newcastle, Stu Armstrong will be on air LIVE at 5pm this Bank Holiday Monday with Fast FM Host Abu-tayeb Khairdeen.


The Islamic & Diversity Centre was setup in 2002, in an attempt to break down some of the many myths and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, this was done for both non-Muslims and Muslims and they do some amazing work that provides benefit to people of all faiths.

You can find out more about the IDC by visiting the website http://idcnortheast.org or subscribing to the YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/IslamicDiversity or by following onTwitter at https://twitter.com/islam_diversity

Stu Armstrong was quoted as saying “I first met Abu-tayeb two years ago after an introduction from a friend from Radio Northumberland, Paul Green, and went onto Fast FM as a guest, I found out from Any-tayeb just what amazing work the IDC carry out to challenge and break down misconceptions and work to help people of all faith’s.”

“I am looking forward to being a guest on the show again on Monday and hope that I can help to break some misconceptions and barriers down. After the disgusting atrocities of this week in Manchester I am sick and tied of hearing and reading peoples uneducated views on Muslims, so this is something important to me. NOT all Muslims are terrorists, in fact the 99.99% of Muslims are just normal everyday down to each people that are just as disgusted as anyone about the Manchester attacks and I think the people need to remember that.”

 

 

Do you have a Company, Brand or Product that you would like to get known nationally by the UK Public? Then national mainstream TV is the perfect place to screen you ad’s!

Do you have a Company, Brand or Product that you would like to get known nationally by the UK Public? Then national mainstream TV is the perfect place to screen you ad’s!

Then we can help. We are very pleased to announce that we can provide airtime for your video commercial or ad on a major national TV Channel that is available on both Sky TV and Virgin Cable TV.

If you have ever looked into moving your advertising campaign over to mainstream TV then you will know just how expensive this can be, currently I am in the unique position of having a number of slots already secured in the ad breaks of a major televised sporting invite therefore we can keep the prices very low. Interested parties are invited in the first instance to contact ‘Stu Armstrong Media’ via email to media@stuarmstrong.com

Former MMA Champ, turned Bare Knuckle World Champion Liam ‘Bad Intentions’ James set to prove himself once again, and keep the World Title Strap in North Shields

Last December it seemed that everyone in world of the ever growing sport of BKB was shocked, with the exception that is of myself, Liam ‘bad Intentions’ James and my Son Ben, when he took the Lightweight World Bare Knuckle Title from the seemingly unbeatable Kevin Bennett, and in Kev’s own back yard of Hartlepool.

Fan and Friend of Liam James, my son Ben Armstrong, ecstatic as Liam becomes World Champion

The former champion Cage Fighter, that has fought all over the world as part of the huge Cage Warriors promotion was classed as a massive underdog, after all, “What could a Cage Fighter do with a former commonwealth Champion Pro Boxer that was unbeaten in Bare Knuckle” well that is what most fans, and many other fighters seemed to think.

Everything changed on that cold December night in Hartlepool as ‘Bad Intentions’ (James) climbed into the squared circle on what was only his fourth Bare Knuckle outing, to face the vastly more experienced ‘Bulldog’ (Bennett).

 

Nobody could ever doubt that Bennett was, and still is a class act, many thought in a class of his own, after all they don’t call him ‘Body shot Bennett’ without reason. Bennett was a very talented Professional Boxer before taking the gloves off to fight BKB, beating Michael Muya in November 2003 to become the Lightweight Commonwealth Champion.

Kevin ‘The Bulldog’ Bennett back in his gloved days

Since Kev first entered BKB he has dominated most of his opponents and finished them with crippling shots to the body, from his first Bare Knuckle against talented multi discipline fighter John Spencer, to his last before taking on James against Durham’s Brad Harris (Rematch), but this night was to be different!

Kevin Bennett vs John Spencer

As the bell signaled the start of the first round of un-gloved pugilism, for the World Title Liam James stuck to his game plan and dominated from the off keeping Bennett on the back foot until this fight was stopped by referee Barrington ‘One Eyed Baz’ Patterson on medical advice to a nasty cut to Bennetts Head.

Referee Barrington ‘One Eyes Baz’ Patterson

The room fell silent, was this it, was the fight over was Liam James to be crowned to Lightweight King? The wait seemed to be agonising and felt like it lasted a lifetime when in reality it was only seconds, with the doctor and medic checking out Bennetts cut head, and Liam James stood in a neutral corner with ‘Bad Intentions’ on his face ready to go and get stuck in to fight some more.

The heart stopping moment the referee stopped the fight to take medical advice

On medical advice the referee waved the fight off and a new Bare Knuckle Lightweight Champion of the World was crowned, in the form of Liam James, this was very unpopular in Bennetts own back yard of Hartlepool, and understandably Kev Bennett was gutted, for the want of a better word, immediately asking for a rematch, as the audience started to Boo the new Word Champion.

 

The Medical Officer on duty on the night said of the cut on Bennett “It’s was decided by the ringside doctor to be in a too dangerous location to allow it to continue, to close to the eye, the cut was in his view unsafe to continue and could have caused further injuries and needed medical treatment from the Doctor, not safe for the fighter to continue as he could not see due to blood in his eyes”

 

James agreed for the rematch with Bennett, however he needed a little time out to have surgery to remove a chip of bone in his arm. Surgery and convalescence now complete and what is one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in the sport in scheduled for April 22nd at Coventry.

Liam who trained under John Kavanagh and was the training partner of ‘The Notorious’ Conner McGregor doesn’t see the fight ending any differently to the first, but a determined Bennett will be determined to reclaim the Word Title strap.

Liam James with friend and former training partner the UFC’s Connor McGreggor

Liam, who is currently in training camp to defend his World Title told me “You can train all your life but nothing can prepare you for standing in front of me. I showed that in December and I’m going to put a stamp on it next week

 

The former Cage Warriors star, James, is also looking to resume his career in Mixed Martial Arts, and is hoping to step back into the cage with Cage Warriors this year. Liam hasn’t fought MMA since mid-2014, at which time he was the ranked number five in the UK and Ireland and had trailed in Las Vegas with the UFC.

Liam James with Cage Warriors

Tickets for the rematch of Liam ‘Bad Intentions’ James and Kevin ‘The Bulldog Bennett’ are available now from Liam who can be contacted via his official Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/bkbbadintentions

Champion of the World

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Stu Armstrong Media

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The Powerhouse of MMA

When you think of the word ‘Powerhouse’ you automatically think big, your automatically think strong, well maybe that’s why ‘The Powerhouse of MMA’ gets his fight name from. 35-year-old Darren ‘The Powerhouse’ Towler is my no stretch of the imagination a small man, standing at 6Ft 3” and weighing in at 17.5 stones of muscle.

Darren entered the elite ranks of becoming a mixed martial artist almost in his late twenties, which today would see him starting as bit of a latecomer, but in his just over half a decade of competing in MMA he has more that caught up. He originally didn’t intend to become a mixed martial artist or even compete in MMA, Darren went along to his local MMA gym with fitness in mind, his local gym just so happened to be ran by the man that is widely credited to have brought MMA to the UK, legend in ranks of the sport and the first ever British UFC champion, the ‘Machine’ himself Ian Freeman.

As the friendship between Towler and Freeman grew, so did his interest in MMA. In Darren’s own words “The Sport just took hold of me”, and the rest as they say is history. To this day Darren still trains and fights out of the renowned home of Ian Freeman ‘Machine MMA’ in Concett, Country Durham.

Freeman said of Towler this week It’s been three year’s out the cage for Darren but the time off seems to have recharged his batteries, but more so his mind set.

Darren seems more focused and more determined to win without all the obstructions he used to have getting ready in his last fights. Darren has put a lot of hard work into this fight and deserves the success. Hopefully he can keep winning and regain that British title. Let’s not forget, he never lost that title, it was vacated”

Darren recalls his first competitive MMA bout against Richie Moore which he won in a scorching fast 45 seconds by strike and submission, this fight was matched at Super Heavyweight and Darren walked away with his first win, and first title

Darren was always, and still is of the philosophy that he didn’t want easy fights, he wanted hard fights, in face the hardest to test himself against the best and his record currently stands at 10 wins and 9 losses, looking at Darren’s record it’s easy to see that he has taken the hardest fights and his losses are certainly nothing to be ashamed fighting some of the best in UK, names such as South Shields based fighters, James ‘The Juggernaut’ Mulheron and Phil Defries who currently are ranked as the number one and number two heavyweights in the country

‘The Powerhouse’ has also had some resounding wins with one former opponent, Brad Conway, saying of Darren “Darren is the strongest man that I have ever fought, he got me in a clinch and gave me a knee to the chest so hard that actually felt my soul leave my body, to this day my soul still hasn’t returned”

Towler is currently a Heavyweight Professional MMA fighter, and the former UCMMA British Heavyweight Champion after taking a win by TKO over Ben Smith after the referee stopped the contest due to a very bad cut to Ben.  This was a huge fight, and a great win for Darren who had lost to Ben in a previous encounter. This fight and others can be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/stuarmstrongmedia

Darren was never beaten for the much sought after Heavyweight strap, in fact due to some personal circumstances at the time he actually surrendered his title and took some time away from the sport, but he is now back, and back with a vengeance and a new hunger to once more literally fight his way back to the top and reclaim his British Title.

Darren Towler is now back in the sport, and back with a vengeance and hungrier than ever, he has one think on his mind and one thing only, he wants ‘his’ UCMMA British title back.

 “I was never beaten for the title, I surrendered the title as I was away from the sport for some time for personal reasons, but I do want the belt back”

“I am working hard and fighting my way back to the top, after my next fight next weekend (25th March) which I have trained very hard for, and I am very confident of taking a win from, I feel that I have more than earned my title shot, I am ready, I am training and I am waiting. I am not one to make a fool of myself or disrespect other fighters the way some do, but if John Demmel the current champ is reading this, the with greatest of respect let’s see if we can’t get this fight on, it would be huge for both of us”

On Darren’s return to the sport he straight away showed that he hadn’t lost it and was still still as strong, powerful and fast as ever after a lighting quick win over Mixed Martial Artist and former Bare Knuckle Boxer, Nuneaton’s Jon Chopper Stone aka Painter in only 9 seconds! Since then he has gone from strength to strength.

Darren has great respect from his fellow fighters, a good friend of mine and fellow UCMMA fighter Stanlee ‘Big Country’ Wilson told me this of Darren “When I first saw Darren fight it was for the UCMMA Heavyweight Title against ‘Big Ben Smith’. Darren won and as I recall it was by first round stoppage due to a cut. I was also at Darren’s first title defence which ended pretty much as soon as it started, Darren stuck out a stinging jab that dropped his opponent and Darren didn’t give in from there either. To say I am a fan of Darren’s is an understatement, he is a giant of a man but very humble with it. I hope to see him get that title that he didn’t loose, back very soon” (Look out for a feature on Stanlee ‘Big Country’ Wilson coming very soon)

A couple of weeks ago I spent the morning with Darren during a strength and conditioning workout being trained by highly renowned and former strongman champion Jack Lovett over at the fantastically equipped Spartan Performance Gym in Concett. The first thing the struck me that day was for such a big, strong and powerful fighter he has lightning speed moving his 6Ft 3” 17.5 Stone frame incredibly fast. I imagined for a moment that to face Darren in the Cage would be like facing a speeding oncoming heavy goods train! Most defiantly not for the faint hearted.

I watched as Jack relentlessly pushed Darren hard in this brutal training session, it was amazing to watch seeing the mutual respect and trust between highly experienced trainer and highly experienced fighter, with Jack knowing just how hard to push Towler and what area’s he needed to most work on.

Chatting with Darren during an interesting and friendly, open interview I found Darren to be an out and out gentleman as well as being very humorous and open.

The training session and interview can be viewed here:

Darren’s next fight is scheduled to take place on March 25th at Southend on Sea against Scandinavian fighter Andreas Lagaard ‘The Norviegian Viking’. Darren says of this fight “I take nothing for granted, we are both coming for the win and not to make up numbers but my head is right, my training is right, my fitness is on point and there is no way on this earth I am going home without the win”

Tickets for Darren’s fight are still available by contact Darren through his Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/Darren-Powerhouse-Towler-1007868455980156 or www.stuarmstrong.com and is also available to watch live via live stream at www.ucmma.co.uk

 

Towler highly praised the gyms and trainers that help his push towards his goals, with his time split between Team TSG (Team Sure Grip), Machine MMA (Ian Freeman) and Spartan Performance Gym (jack Lovett and is the first to admit that if not for being able to train in what he credits as the very best training facilities, with the very best trainers then he wouldn’t feel as ready and confident as he does going into this fight.

Daniel Burzotta, team coach at TSG commented Darren been with us for a good few years now winning al of of titles. He travels down weekly and that’s dedication, we are probably one of the only old school MMA gyms that has a lot of heavyweights, people like Stav Economu and myself. Darren has worked very hard for this fight training twice a day.  We haven’t left anything un-turned and he is in tip top shape and looking to make a statement in the heavyweight division”

For more information on Darren ‘The Powerhouse Towler’ please follow him on his official Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/powerhousemma and for any media related enquiries for Darren please contact Stu Armstrong Media at www.stuarmstrong.com

 

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