Advertisement
Advertisement

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 Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan David Price Returns in Style With Quick Knockout Victory Holyfield Believes Anthony Joshua Could Break Marciano's Record Bellew vs. Makabu LIVE Results From Goodison Park Frank Warren Questions Hearn's Position on Joshua vs. Haye James DeGale's Coach Confident: Badou Jack is Tailor-Made For Us Hearn: Eubank is Bigger UK Fight For Golovkin Than Saunders Golovkin's Coach: Only GGG Fight Brings Mayweather 100 Million! Bellew: I'll Fight That Bitch David Haye, He's Degrading Boxing! Photos: Ricky Burns Makes History, Blasts Di Rocco For WBA Belt Bellew vs. Makabu: Sean Dodd Looks To Enter The World Scene Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford Arum: If Mayweather Wants Pacquiao, Let Him Come To Manila Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder Jonas Sultan Retains His RP Championship With KO in Five Rounds Photos: Verdejo, Diaz Open Workouts Before HUGE Bronx Crowd Roach: Floyd Mayweather Asked Me To Train Conor McGregor Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Beats Down Kai Kurzawa For TKO Win Ricky Burns Becomes Three Division Champion, Stops Di Rocco in 8 Nurse Pounds on Limond For TKO Win, Retains British Title WADA To Meet With AIBA, Shocking Allegations Over Drug Testing Conor Benn Wins In Glasgow, Returns on Joshua-Breazeale McCarthy Beats Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Must Face Askin Next Povetkin Questions Whether Wilder Actually Intended To Fight Him Burns-Di Rocco: Ogogo Wins On Return Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement