‘Vicious’ Kieran Farrell thought his season could not get any better after winning the first title of his career, the Central Area lightweight championship, last month. But the Heywood tyro has topped off a superb period by becoming the first recipient of the Coldwell Boxing Boxer of the Season award, as decided by CB’s media department. In claiming the honour, undefeated Farrell, trained by John Breen, beat off stiff competition from, among others, unbeaten welterweight Nav Mansouri, who in sparring Paulie Malignaggi helped prepare the New Yorker for WBA glory before himself walloping brave Darren Graham, and former amateur standout Hosea Burton whose pro career has got off to a flying start with four straight wins.
But Farrell winning a title and in such devastating fashion – knocking out Joe Elfidh with a typically ‘Vicious’ body shot, inflicting a first defeat upon his victim – gave him the edge. “This is mint,” exclaimed Farrell at the commendation. “With fighters like Curtis Woodhouse who was in a great fight recently, and Ryan Rhodes, it’s an honour to win this.
“My season started badly when a fight fell through but once I started with Dave Coldwell he got me two fights straight away, then a place on the biggest British bill of the year – Froch-Bute in Nottingham – then the title fight. I’m over the moon – this accolade has made my season!”
Coldwell Boxing MD Dave Coldwell wholeheartedly endorses the decision and believes Farrell’s success is reflective of a highly impressive season for his entire team. “Our media team picked the winner and I can’t argue with their choice,” said Coldwell. “Farrell’s win over Elfidh in an exciting fight was one of the highlights of the season for me and I’m so pleased to help this kid go from strength to strength. We have high hopes for him here.
“It’s been a great season all-round with eight shows, three sell-outs, plus our debut on Sky and first British title fight on the same night with Tony Bellew beating Danny McIntosh in April. Then we have several prospects who were undefeated over the season, including Nav, Hosea and Matty Clarkson, a raft of promising new signings like Anthony Jevons and some proven performers who we are helping resurrect their careers in David Barnes and Mark Thompson. I think my new signing Liam Conroy is thefind of the season and I’m excited to see his progress. It’s been a great ride and next season will be even better.”
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