Mitchell faces Meeks in career defining fight

Batley mixed martial arts fighter Danny Mitchell faces a career defining bout on Saturday when he faces CJ Meeks in London.

Friday, 15th July 2016, 8:08 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:04 pm
Andy Hobson of Fantastic Media with Batley MMA fighter Danny Mitchell ahead of his bout with CJ Meeks at the O2 Arena in London.

Mitchell’s cage fight against Meeks forms part of the televised Bellator Fighting Championships at London’s O2 Arena.

The 29-year-old 6ft 2in welterweight hails from Batley and trains and coaches at Asylum Vale Tudo (AVT) in Birstall.

As well as training and fighting, the former UFC fighter also mentors other young fighters, teaching them discipline, teamwork and helping them achieve their goals. He currently has more than 50 local fighters on his books.

Mitchell has black belts in BBJ, taekwondo, and kickboxing as well as qualifications in Sports Studies and Philosophy.

Fantastic Media are supporting Mitchell and are encouraging other businesses and fight fans to get behind him.

Fantastic Media has a long history of sports sponsorship – particularly in football - but this is the first time in their 10 year history they have sponsored a fighter.

Mitchell is grateful for the sponsorship, saying: “It’s great to have a company like Fantastic Media involved.

“They work with some of the best businesses about and this is a great way to raise a bit of awareness about me and the work I do with young fighters.”

Fantastic’s managing director Andy Hobson added: “The sponsorship is about helping a young local lad and getting behind him and the work he does.

“Danny is committed, focused and knows what he wants and, no matter what your area of expertise is, that’s the type of outlook and attitude that fits with us here at Fantastic.

“We have been involved in top level sports like Premier League football and Super League rugby since the company was founded 10 years ago but more recently we have been looking at ways we can help the grass roots side and make a difference to the community.”