'Don’t kick a man when he’s down!': Piers Morgan lambasted for poking fun at KO'd Darren Till
Till, who was a heavy favorite entering the welterweight contest with Masvidal in London's O2 Arena, was knocked cold by a left-hand just after the midpoint of the second round in one of the more shocking finishes to a fight in recent UFC history.
The Liverpudlian remained prone on the canvas for several minutes following the knockout as medical personnel administered oxygen to him before he was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.Also on rt.com Jorge Masvidal knocks Darren Till out cold in stunning UFC London upset (VIDEO)
The 16,000 strong crowd inside the arena, the overwhelming majority of whom were Till fans, was immediately silenced by the fight's stunning outcome.
Many of those who witnessed the fight have taken to social media to wish Till well and credit him for what was later judged as the 'Fight of the Night', including his opponent, but one person who wasn't quite so supportive of his countryman was 'Good Morning Britain' host and part-time Twitter troll Piers Morgan.
Both Till and Morgan have been embroiled in one of the more unlikely online feuds in recent weeks, with both men hurling 240-character or less insults at each other culminating on a Sunday tweet from Morgan in which he appears to gloat about the knockout defeat suffered by Till the night prior.
Morgan's tweet was in apparent retaliation to a series of messages from Till in which he ridiculed Morgan's appearance and love life, and also said that the journalist "need[s] a smack in the chin that’s what you need."
The source for this animosity, beyond back and forth insults, is not certain though Morgan's past association with 'The Sun' newspaper is understood to have made him a deeply unpopular figure in Liverpool, Till's home, following erroneous accusations made by the publication in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Last I checked you got decked from @JeremyClarkson. Wind yer neck in Tory boy!— Paul Craig (@PCraigmma) March 17, 2019
Piers he would knock your block off in about 1.7 seconds mate. Classic moron acting large on twitter but no bottle in person. Don’t kick a man when he’s down, lost at the highest level, whereas you’ve probably never had a physical altercation in your life you helmet 😂— Jack 'Tank' Shore (@jackshoremma) March 17, 2019
Gutted for @darrentill2 last night, There’s too many people out there waiting for people to fail so they can point the finger and laugh, it’s really pathetic an the reason they will never accomplish anything. Well done to @gamebredfighter on the win #ufc#brutalsportpic.twitter.com/ApDgU4dZGE— Anthony Fowler (@afowler06) March 17, 2019
Morgan's message, which was posted on Sunday afternoon, has been received furiously by members of the UK mixed martial arts community.
Till has yet to comment on his social media accounts following the defeat but it stands to reason that this particular back-and-forth will continue for some time yet.
Piers Morgan, meanwhile, is no stranger to these Twitter tete-a-tete's and has frequently drawn the ire of sports figures such as Gary Lineker and Raheem Sterling for his outspoken comments.Also on rt.com 'Take no prisoners!': Conor McGregor delivers inspiring pep talk to NHL's Boston Bruins (VIDEO)