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Kieran Farrell, right, with David Coldwell

KIERAN Farrell expects to battle former British champion Anthony Crolla for the Prizefighter lightweight crown.

Heywood’s Farrell can expect very difficult competition in the October 6 shoot-out, with many pundits and fans labelling this version the most competitive yet.


TOMMY Coyle insists he will out-think Kieran Farrell in the battle of Britain’s rising unbeaten lightweights.

The pair will clash for the English title later this year, with the fight out to purse bids.

Their duel will be a fascinating battle of prospects, with Hull’s Coyle (13-0) confident he will out-think the Heywood man, who shares the same fighting record.

KIERAN Farrell wants a clash against Tommy Coyle to determine the true rising star of the British lightweights.

The 21-year-old claimed the first title of his career thanks to a crunching body shot which put down veteran Joe Elfidh in their Central Area championship bout in Bolton on Friday.

Hull’s Coyle may be next on the list as Coldwell Promotions prospect Farrell aims to continue his ascent in the division. A clash between the two, who have identical 13-0 records, is a realistic target for the Heywood man.

“It would be a 50/50 fight, but that’s what I’m all about,” said Farrell.

“Tommy is a bit like Joe Elfidh – he comes out with nervous energy, throwing big bombs. But if he fights me, the result will be the same.

“Britain is looking for the next superstar all the time. Who better to fight than your main rival?”

Farrell is now one of a group of lightweights, including Coyle and Grimsby’s Kev Hooper, who are trying to make an assault on the division’s leading lights.

His long-range goals include a possible meeting with the winner of the July 7 European lightweight title clash between Gavin Rees and Derry Matthews, who meet on the undercard of Kell Brook’s fight against Carson Jones in Sheffield.

“When I was with (former manager) Steve Wood, he asked if I was interested in a fight against Matthews, should Stephen Jennings pull out,” said Farrell.

“I never got the call-up. But even though I would have taken the fight then, I feel even more ready now, so let’s have me v Coyle and the winner face whoever wins from Rees and Matthews.”

The Elfidh result was another learning experience for Farrell, who conceded that he lost the opening two rounds while his 32-year-old opponent (now 7-1) attempted to power his way to the title.

But, having weathered an early storm, Farrell proved his class.

“The plan was to box his head off for the first four rounds, then take the fight to him,” said Farrell.

“My 21-year-old legs were going to take me through the later rounds. He did get tired, but that was due to a body punch in the third round.

“When I dropped him in the fifth I knew he was done at six, so I started celebrating then.

“There were no big parties afterwards. I went home to my family, had a cup of tea and some custard creams! But I want to get straight back into it, I cannot wait.”

KIERAN FARRELL anticipates a showdown with Tommy Coyle for the English lightweight title – providing he can dispose of Joe Elfidh.

The Coldwell Boxing prospect has motored to a 12-0 record against a string of journeymen but says he’s happy, finally, to be facing an unbeaten fighter with the central area title on the line.

Farrell headlines the Viva Las Vicious show at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on June 22 but has already plotted a path to further title glory, predicting that fellow unbeaten Hull  boxer Coyle will claim the English crown when he meets veteran Martin Gethin in his home city on September 29.  That could possibly pave the way for a meeting between two of the division’s rising stars.


KIERAN Farrell has been jogging around the streets of Belfast for just a few days, and yet he knows them intimately.

Farrell has swapped home life for a Spartan existence with trainer John Breen, having parted company with Bobby Rimmer. His goal is to be a world champion – and this is the starting point.

“This is what I wanted to do from being a little lad,” says the 21-year-old, who recently joined the Coldwell Boxing roster.

“I’m now on a little council estate in Belfast and believe me, it’s not easy. But when I got into the gym and there were 20 lads there – people like Paul McCloskey and Jamie Conlon – it was jam-packed with quality boxers. We all have a chat after training and they’re top guys.

“When I’m there, John is constantly chirping at me, telling me what he wants me to do, which is great. Working with Eamonn Magee – son of the former Commonwealth champion – has been really good, too”

Although Farrell’s upcoming fight on Dave Coldwell’s Birmingham show has been called off following the event’s cancellation, he will be the featured performed in Bolton on June 22, battling Joe Elfidh for the central area lightweight championship.

He was attracted by Coldwell’s ambition, and now adjustments made in training have left the Heywood-born fighter (11-0)

Kieran Farrell, right, with David Coldwell

more confident than ever over his chances of reaching his world title goal and fulfilling a long-held ambition to fight in Las Vegas.

“All the time previously I was looking to hit a left jab then following up with ’the big one’,” he admits.

“I was always going gung-ho and John has stopped that. He wants me to keep my head moving all the time, looking to pick my shots. It’s a big change all round, I’ve dropped from 10st 9lbs to 10st 5lbs and I’m putting that all down to my training.

“I know it’s hard because I’m out of my comfort zone, but it’s what I needed. There are no distractions. If I train hard, I’ll become a world champion.”

Kieran Farrell, right, has signed with David Coldwell

NEW Coldwell Boxing recruit “Vicious” Kieran Farrell says he’s not interested in battling for area honours and instead wants an English title shot in the autumn.

The lightweight penned a deal this week and has bouts lined up on May 11th in Birmingham and June 16 in Bolton.

The 21-year-old from Lancashire says he will eventually drop down to super-featherweight and knock on the door of domestic champions.

“At Central Area level you’re looking at journeyman fighters, and I don’t want to be facing them,” said Farrell (11-0).

“It could be Ben Jones (the current English champion) but there are a few other fights I’d like in time. British champion Gary Buckland is the man at the moment but, for me, Steven Foster is number one in the division. There’s Liam Walsh as well, but he’s suspect, he’s had a few hard fights.

“Dave Coldwell wants me to move down to super featherweight but I’d already chatted to my dad, brother and Leonard Gunning (from who had all suggested it. At 9st 4lbs, no one will be able to touch me.”

Gunning put Farrell in touch with his new promoter, after the fighter had parted ways with Hatton Promotions.

The Heywood boxer predicts a bright future under the Coldwell banner and said inactivity was one of the reasons he is no longer in the Hatton stable.

“Dave has put me on two shows already and they were the two I asked for, a six rounder and an eight-rounder” he added.

“I had previously signed with Hatton because I was starstruck, Ricky was my idol and I couldn’t have turned that down. I was meant to be fighting for a Central Area light-welterweight title at the start of the month, two opponents pulled out (including Jon Baguley) and then I refused to take a six-rounder. It was a big disappointment for me, because I have been fighting for titles every year of my career.

“I feel comfortable dropping down to 9st 4lbs and once I’ve won these next two fights, which are tune-ups, I’ll be looking to win national titles.

“I don’t mind who it is, I’ll fight whoever Dave puts in front of me.”