If Kieran Farrell goes on to fulfil the potential that is expected from those closest to the Heywood prospect, then it’s safe to say that 2012 will undoubtedly be the year that provided the crucial turning point for Coldwell Boxing’s English lightweight champion. After splitting with Hatton Promotions early into the calendar, Farrell inked a deal with Dave Coldwell and was thrust into action immediately as he secured a routine win over the durable Jason Nesbitt on the Carl Froch/Lucian Bute extravaganza that took place at a sold-out Nottingham Arena.
A month later, Farrell’s switch to the fast rising Yorkshire promoter was rewarded handsomely as he was handed his first title assignment against Derby’s Joe Elfidh. Farrell didn’t disappoint as he ended Elfidh’s hopes with a 4th session body shot. This brought Farrell the small serving of recognition that he desperately craved at that stage and his stock could rise even more on December 7th when he makes the first defence of his English belt against Manchester rival, and former British champion, Anthony Crolla, at Manchester’s Bowlers venue.
“This English title has been a good thing for me because it’s put me in a position where I didn’t think I’d be at the start of the year,” revealed Farrell. “When I went to Dave [Coldwell], we both agreed that I had served my apprenticeship and that I was too good to be fighting four and six rounders and that’s why he got me a title shot straight away. It’s a shame this fight against Crolla isn’t going to be on TV but when everyone is reading Boxing News the following week and going on Boxrec the next morning, they’ll all be fully aware of exactly who Kieran Farrell is.”
Despite conceding vast experience to his regional counterpart, Farrell is insistent that he’s getting Crolla at just the right time. The Joe Gallagher student was expected to make big steps in 2012 as he began it as domestic ruler but his Lonsdale badge was ripped away from him by Liverpool’s Derry Mathews in one of the year’s best fights. Further hopes of redemption were dashed in October’s Prizefighter when he was eliminated by former foe, Gary Sykes, in a fast-paced semi final, and now Farrell is aiming to heap more misery on Crolla as he sets his sights on further domestic glory.
“Crolla is a former British champion and he was also considered an opponent for Erik Morales so that shows you just how serious I’ve got to take this threat. I’m at that stage where I’ve got to move on with my career and show everyone what I’m capable of and December 7th is the perfect stage for me to do that. Martin Gethin and Ben Murphy are set to be fighting for the British title (which has been vacated by Gavin Rees) and they’re two guys who I’d have no problem beating tomorrow, but they can wait because all I’ve got on my mind is Anthony Crolla.”