Former English lightweight title challenger Kieran Farrell has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The ex-fighter, who turns 26 later this month, was forced to hang up his gloves in 2012 following defeat by current world champion Anthony Crolla.
Farrell suffered a brain injury in what was a bruising ten-round contest with his fellow-Mancunian but has since turned a negative into a huge positive.
Opening his own ‘People’s Gym’ in Heywood back in 2013, Farrell has been helping kids get into the craft and giving back to the sport that gave him his platform.
The Queen has recognised Farrell for his services to boxing and the likeable family man was delighted to receive the accolade.
“My biggest achievement to date, I can’t believe it. Her majesty, the Queen has awarded me a British Empire Medal for my work in the community and services to boxing and also invited me to the Buckingham palace garden party next summer!” beamed Farrell.
“I can’t thank everyone who has used my services enough to make the dream a reality. Special thanks to the people none of this would be possible without. John McCormack, Glyn ‘Showboat’ Rhodes MBE and Ged Mason OBE.
“Wow, what can I say but it’s an honour,” he added.