Darren Till Bashes Top Lightweight Boxers for Not Fighting Each Other

Published 02/21/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Jorge Masvidal knocks out home favourite Darren Till in the second round at UFC Fight Night 147 at the London O2 Arena, Greenwich on Saturday 16th March 2019. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


UFC star Darren Till has always kept his eyes on the boxing map and has ridiculed the pugilists for not fighting the best amongst all. ‘The Gorilla’ claimed that boxers don’t necessarily accept their scheduled fights and instead chose to speak with words. That said, he recently compared UFC with boxing to validate his claim.

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Following a combat-packed night, Till had his eyes on both- the UFC Fight Night and the boxing events. He turned to social media and appreciated the bouts. Moreover, he hailed Tom Aspinall for bagging the win against Andrei Arlovski at the UFC event.

However, Darren Till ended his post by taking a dig at the current lightweight boxers. Although he didn’t name anyone, the tweet was seemingly aimed at Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Teofimo Lopez.

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Watched the UFC and boxing tonight some great fights.
Proud of my man T Aspinall.
One thing I still cant get my head around in boxing is that lightweight division, all the top guys are just chatting at this point and not fighting each other.
What am I missing?

— karen Till (@darrentill2) February 21, 2021

If we look at the 135 lbs roster of boxing, we can locate several unbeaten title-holders. But, none of them has fought each other and has only teased to do so in the future. It’s quite a common phenomenon in boxing, and Darren Till, like many others, is vexed with what is happening.

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Darren Till and his problems with the boxers

This isn’t the first time Till has conveyed his disgust towards the boxing elites. Six months ago, before his fight against Robert Whittaker, the Brit passed a similar comment. He inquired why the elite lightweights aren’t fighting each other and posed the UFC’s match-making abilities to be higher than that of boxing.

Nothing seems to have changed till now, as Till still has the same complaint. The lightweight boxers have continued to tease the fights amongst each other. In recent times, WBA champion Gervonta Davis and WBC Interim champion Ryan Garcia have hinted at boxing each other.

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WBC champion, Devin Haney, and unified title-holder, Teofimo Lopez, have also done the same. But, the matchups aren’t official and are far away from meeting fruition. So, Darren Till’s claims might make sense for a bunch of combat fans.

What is your take on the former UFC title challenger’s tweet?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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