Tom Farrell on the comeback trail, focused on March 10 return in Liverpool

Ringside 29/01/2018

Tom Farrell makes a welcome return to the ring on March 10th, when he headlines an exciting night of boxing at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre.

Last September, the Scouser lost his 13-fight unbeaten record when he was beaten by Ohara Davies for the vacant WBA International super-lightweight title.

Farrell and Davies were at loggerheads before the contest, with controversial Londoner Davies predicting he would KO Tom in front of his own fans at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Unfortunately for Farrell, he was downed heavily by a big left hook at the end of the opening session and, although had some success, never recovered and was stopped in the sixth round.

Having learned from the painful experience, Tom says he is looking forward to topping the bill on the upcoming VIP Promotions card, and will show he is an improved fighter. The likeable Liverpudlian doesn’t rule out a future return with Davies, and is aiming to get back into title contention in a busy 2018.

“It’s in the past but I’ve learned a lot from it,” reflected Farrell on the Davies defeat. “I learnt more in that fight than I did in the previous thirteen. I’m not dwelling on it though. Obviously, I’m gutted I lost, but I’m over it and it was a valuable learning curve. I don’t think he was anything special, but he caught me early on after a little switch-off, and I was always fighting a losing battle then.

“It was a massive occasion and I was telling myself not to be too nervous or let the occasion get to me, but I should have remained more switched-on. I just switched-off in that first round and he caught me with that big shot. If I boxed him again I’d box him completely differently; go and put it straight on him and take his big arms away from him. I’d love to fight him again. I don’t think that night was a fair reflection of how good I am, and I know I could do a better job next time around.

“The experience has definitely improved me as a fighter though. I’m looking forward to going out and putting it on people a bit more and showing I can hurt people. I’m eager to get back in and put a good show on, on March 10th. Losing has just made me more determined, it’s made me work even harder in training, and I want it even more. I’ve had a little taste of being in the big fights and I don’t want to step too far back. I understand I’ll have to work my way back up but I’m more than willing to step up again. Despite losing, I haven’t disgraced myself and it’s left me in good credit. People still see me as a big fight, so there’s plenty of big opportunities out there and I’m looking forward to getting involved in them this year.”

“Tom got caught, and that’s boxing,” said VIP Promotions’ Steve Wood. “He showed plenty of heart in defeat though, and even had the better of Davies at times, so he hasn’t done his career any harm. We’ll look to get back into title fights soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in action on March 10th.

“The BT Convention Centre is a new boxing venue in Liverpool, but we’ve been there before and are really looking forward to going back. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, so it will be great to do a show there again. As well as Tom, the rest of the card is full of Liverpool fighters, including the debut of Nathan Quarless who is the nephew of former Liverpool heavyweight, Noel Quarless. The tickets have been going really quick and are now only available from the boxers directly. So, it’s going to be an excellent atmosphere and a good night for boxing fans in the city.”

VIP Promotions present an evening of boxing at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre on March 10. Topping the bill will be Liverpool’s Tom Farrell, with an undercard of local fighters including Luke Willis; Lloyd Campbell; Nathan Bennett; Marcel Braithwaite; Nathan Quarless; Mike Gerrard, and Gary Austin. Also appearing will be Warrington’s Mike McKay, and Lee Quinn from Wales.

Tickets £40 (ringside tickets are now sold out) are available directly from the boxers, or call 01942 874 241.

The show will be streamed live and free on vipboxing.tv