Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kieran Farrell Boxing Career Over Due To Injuries

By Terence Dooley

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 it’s told to you, I'm heart broke.  I need a few days to get my head round it.'

Farrell sustained a slight bleed and swelling to the brain after going toe-to-toe with Crolla, a former British champion at the weight, and was kept in hospital for observation for a few days before being told to rest over the Christmas period.

The 22-year-old boxing fanatic had held out hope of a return, but will now have to benefit the sport in another way.  Indeed, many within the trade, including Crolla, believe that the all-action fighter will carve out a prominent role in the sport he loves despite this setback.

For many fans, the meeting with Crolla, which was BoxingScene’s pick for U.K. FOTY, will be their defining memory of Farrell’s career, but this writer's abiding memory of "Vicious" stems from his debut.  Farrell turned professional with a decision win over Gary Sheil in January 2009.  Sheil had lost his previous seven contests by decision only for Farrell to hand him a third-round TKO defeat.  It was an impressive first outing for Farrell, who weighed 112lbs on the night, he then moved through the divisions as he physically matured.

Shortly before the Sheil fight, I sat down with Farrell to conduct an interview.  Unlike most fledgling pros he was not at a loss for words and we raced through 30-minutes, he looked and talked like a choirboy so it was a quite a surprise when he stepped between the ropes and went at Sheil with impunity on that cold night in Blackpool.

Those in attendance at Blackpool's Tower Circus venue felt that they had taken in the first step of a career that was destined for titles, and, be it as a trainer or manager, there could still be titles down the line for Farrell, who lives and breathes the sport.

Dave Coldwell, who promoted the meeting between Farrell and Crolla, has already announced that he will hold a benefit dinner to raise money for his former fighter.  It is a big gesture and, given Farrell’s ability to talk up a storm, is likely to be an event to remember.  Throw in Farrell’s tenacious nature and there is every likelihood that this is the start of a new chapter in, rather than the end of, his boxing story.

Please send news and views to [email protected] or Twitter @Terryboxing.

Tags: Kieran Farrell image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TensionKiller on 01-08-2013

Some humans are stronger than others. Boxers at the top level, along with other sports recover faster, or are totally more durable. We take it for granted that these boxers are conditioned to take hits over and over.

Comment by S. Saddler 1310 on 01-08-2013

[QUOTE=HooksInYou;12899478]Czar Amonsot and Edwin Valero had brain hemorrhages but kept on fighting. I'm not saying this is a good idea, but to say "the next punch may be fatal" seems a bit dramatic. On the other hand, maybe the place…

Comment by TensionKiller on 01-08-2013

[QUOTE=taansend;12899734]Without meaning any disrespect to Venezuela or the Philippines (two countries I've visited & love) the British National Health Service will probably look out for it's citizens a little more. Once they actually get them off the trolley in the…

Comment by Chrismart on 01-08-2013

A real shame for Farrell, his health is the important thing though.

Comment by D-MiZe on 01-08-2013

[QUOTE=taansend;12899734] Once they actually get them off the trolley in the corridor.[/QUOTE] :rofl: :rofl:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera Part of HBO Triple on Nov. 25 Video: Richard Schaefer Talks World Boxing Super Series Ronnie Shields: Lara's Style is His Style - I Won't Change it For Critics! Photos: Ruiz vs. Montano - Boxeo Telemundo Weights Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler Rematch Ordered By The IBF Schaefer: WBSS Has Elevated the Entire Cruiserweight Division News: Montgomery Brothers, Ruben Villa, Dutchover, More Demetrius Andrade: Golovkin Beat Canelo - I Want GGG Next! DiBella: Wilder vs. Whyte To Get Joshua is Stupid, Whyte Irrelevant! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Go Face To Face David Haye: If I Beat Bellew, But Scrape Through - I May Retire! Sosa, Castellanos Plan For War on Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy Card Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison - Ready For Battle Top Rank on ESPN - Television Ratings, Numbers, Statistics Gabriel Gonzaga Ready For His Pro Boxing Debut Gervonta Davis To Stand Trial on Assault Charge on November 29 Katie Taylor Won't Let Title Opportunity Slip, Hungry To Win Belt David Benavidez: I Wanted Gavril Again To Prove Doubters Wrong Lara: Andrade is Broke, Frustrated & Getting Worse by The Fight Roach: Will Be Hard for Retired Cotto to Resist Canelo-GGG Winner Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Thurman, Charlo, Lubin, PEDs, More Joshua Expects Late KO: Takam's Head is a Block of Cement! Steve Collins Granted Licence To Box Again Euro News: Teper-Lazarides, Braekhus-Lauren II, Jamoye Retires Hearn Talks Possibility of Joshua Fighting Overseas in Early 2018 Rob Brant's Promoter Confident Boxer Will Win WBSS at 168 DeGale: Can't Moan Over Canelo-GGG Draw, It Was Close Fight Joshua Backs Bellew To Overcome Haye Again, Win Rematch Burnett-Zhakiyanov: Unification and Foundation Sanchez: If Canelo Rematch Is Made, GGG Won't Fight Before Then Orlando Salido Confident He Has The Tools To Unseat Berchelt Malignaggi: Me vs. McGregor would sell a lot, draw a lot in boxing! Top Rank Prez: Crawford, Horn Will Not Wait For Pacquiao Vargas: Golden Boy Didn't Offer Enough Money to Fight Cotto Photos: Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia Ready For War in Las Vegas Wlodarczyk: I'm Not Sold On Gassiev; Could've Lost to Lebedev Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot Warren: Saunders Has To Look A Million Dollars Against Lemieux Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado - Training Camp Notes Rosa vs. Evans Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, November 10
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement