Darren Till’s coach Colin Heron has admitted that he foresaw the difficulties that would come after his fighter’s dominant victory over Donald Cerrone.
To date, the win remains Darren’s most polished and ultimately most destructive victory.
Those in the know were aware of exactly how dangerous a matchup this was for the admittedly battle-worn Cowboy at that point in his career, and yet, once the Liverpudlian was able to dispatch of the legend within the opening round, there were few who were left without their jaws on the floor in Gdansk that night.
Speaking in a recent interview in which he also discussed Till’s awful diet outside of camp, Heron explained how he had actually advised his fighter not to take the fight that established him as a
“When we got offered Cowboy, I said to Darren, ‘This fight has come three fights too early, in my opinion. It’s the perfect fight where you’ll probably knock Cowboy out, and then they’re just gonna come at you. If you’re prepared to make this run, like you say you are, you’re not gonna get any breaks.’
“I kind of wanted that fight three fights later. It would have given us another 12 to 18 months in the background. But Darren said, ‘No, I want to go for this.’ And I said, ‘OK, I’m with you all the way, but it’s going to mean two or three years of nonstop work.’ And that’s what he’s done.”
And it makes sense.
After beating Cowboy in such impressive fashion, Till’s next outing came in the form of a title-eliminator against Stephen Thompson – a fight he edged out and one that landed him a shot at the divisional champion Tyron Woodley.
Of course, a pair of vicious defeats followed shortly after and now, the 26-year-old finds himself at a crossroads in his young career.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena