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!
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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”
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”