The Gorilla Made Waves After Allegedly Being Involved in Stealing a Taxi During a Lad’s Holiday… Now He’s Explained Exactly What Happened…
Darren Till has had a crazy life. The Liverpudlian welterweight is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. You can maybe understand why he went a bit wild with his mates on the Spanish island of Lanzarote then. He spent a night in a jail cell after allegedly helping to steal a taxi from outside a hotel.
Of course, that probably won’t have fazed the Scouser too much. He’s a guy who was stabbed twice and left for dead in a Liverpool nightclub a few years ago after all. He was an inch away from death and after recovering, he famously packed his bags and moved to Brazil to concentrate on his training.
Now ‘The Gorilla’ has opened up on what exactly happened with that taxi and explained what he plans to do in the future.
Till spoke to ESPN and explained exactly what went down. He revealed that the taxi was basically taken for a joy ride. He says that he was just at the scene and hadn’t actually been involved. Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? Anyway, it all worked out in the end and he has a great story out of it. He said:
“I won’t name no names, but a taxi was not stolen – well, it was stolen and drove around the block a few times. I went (to) the scene. I was somewhere else. I had left the hotel, as well. Then when the police were rounding everyone up, they (saw) me. Straight away, the police was like, ‘Darren Till.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and I knew what was going on. I was like, ‘It’s all going to fall on me.’”
Much has been made of Till’s weight cut issues. While he hasn’t had any problems with his last two fights, he’s still very big for the division. It would be great to see him at middleweight. After a rough loss to Tyron Woodley and a brutal KO by Jorge Masvidal, Till looks to rebound and says that his head is in a much better place now:
“I’m not saying I’m back, but I’m just in my happy place. I feel like the Darren Till before he was fighting in Rotterdam. I got back from Brazil and I was just in this world of going to the gym, training really hard.“I think I was wrong to myself, to my craft,” Till said. “I wasn’t fully committed. For the (Tyron) Woodley (title) fight in particular, that was one fight where I have to say I was in some condition. I trained like a monster. The better guy won that night.”
Interestingly, Dana White has spoken out about how Till was pushed by the UFC. He now believes that the promotion got behind him a little bit too soon. It’s understandable: a young British striker knocking out Donald Cerrone was always going to make headlines. But it was too much too soon.
“I think Till went back to the drawing board. He’s a young guy and after the win over ‘Cowboy,’ we might have pushed him a little too soon,” White said when speaking to ESPN. “It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him and pump the brakes a little here. Let him get back and work on things that he needs to work on and he’s going to be around.
“You come in and beat a guy like ‘Cowboy’ and boom, you immediately get bounced right up into the middle of the rankings and some people it’s the perfect time, some people it’s are a little soon. That weight division is nasty. It’s like murderer’s row in that top eight. So we’ll give him some time, look for a next opponent and see what’s next for him.”