Martyn Jones has long been a close friend of mine, a brother, a confidant and an all-round beardy buddy of mine, and for many years I have referred to him the best fight photographer in the UK, and that’s not something I take lightly. I also call him Breardy Bastard sometimes too
I first met Martyn a good few years ago now at boxing show in Tynemouth and I soon saw that what he did was so much more more than take photos of people punching each others faces in, Martyn likes to tell a story, not with words but in photographs. His natural talent for capturing not just the moment but the emotions behind the fighters he shoots.
I am massively proud to find out that Martyn has been nominated for photographer of the year by on the national Muay Thai awards, something that his massively deserves, I am not going to beat around the bush with this one its like this ok, please from 3rd December all head over to the facebook page of the awards at https://www.facebook.com/ukmuaythaiawards and under photographer of the year VOTE MARTYN JONES
I spend the rest of the year taking to the piss out old ‘Jonsey’ but for once I am being serious and trying support someone who I am proud to call a friend, so if you know Martyn, or if you like his work then please vote now! If you don’t him or even don’t like his work then as a favour t
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Look out early next week for a video interview with current Northern Area Champion, Hartlepool’s Daniel Cope.
Cope who is set to defend his area title strap on April 22nd against Ferryhill’s Billy Snaith will be interviewed by Stu Armstrong, talking all things boxing, he up and coming title defence and of course Billy Snaith.
Snaith who was interviewed by ‘Stu Armstrong Media’ on film two weeks ago, seems to be no fan of former friend and training partner Cope with taunts such as “Yes you have your fans but your fans can’t fight for you, I have my fans but I can fight”, that have been picked up by the press.
The interview described on social media by Cope as an embarrassment has certainly set the tone for the April clash. If you haven’t seen the Snaith interview yet, then see below to view.
The recent interview filmed by ‘Stu Armstrong Media‘ with unbeaten prospect Billy Snaith in the run up to his Northern Area Title challenge against current champion Daniel Cope has been making newspaper headlines, and generated huge interested in both the press and the boxing world.
Snaith will taking on Cope at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall on April 22nd on the huge showcase of professional boxing ‘Winner Takes All’
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”