Lightweight contender Kieran Farrell has been left devastated after being told by specialists that another blow to his head may be fatal and that his professional boxing career is over.
The 22 year-old was embroiled in a ten-round war with former British champion Anthony Crolla last month for the vacant English belt and was immediately rushed to hospital after getting into some difficulty in the aftermath.
The Heywood man took to Twitter today to relay to his legion of fans that his worst fears had come true and Farrell is now left contemplating a life without stepping inside the ring to do what he loved best.
“Dr Hewitt confirmed my worst fears today. I will never box again,” Farrel stated.”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.”
The boxing fraternity have immediately rallied round the young prospect after hearing his news as another promising career comes to an end before Farrell got the chance to fulfil his full potential as a prizefighter.
Promoter David Coldwell, who was ringside as Farrell battled Crolla in the Coldwell Boxing Fight of the Year, is already planning a fundraising dinner for his fighter – with details to be released in the near future.