Heywood's Kieran Farrell, 14-1 (3), has been left devastated after his doctor confirmed that the head injuries sustained in December's 10-round decision defeat to Anthony Crolla for the vacant English lightweight have ended his boxing career.
'Dr Hewitt confirmed my worst fears today. I will never box again,' said Farrell, who broke the bad news via a statement earlier this evening. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal and the BBBofC wouldn't licence me. I asked if I had a four-year long break would I be able to box? He told me I have long-term brain damage and once its damaged it won't mend. I was expecting the worse but its worse when itís told to you, I'm heart broke. I need a few days to get my head round it.' [Click Here To Read More