Morson Sport | An In-depth Look at Kieran Farrell's Next Show
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Kieran Farrell’s star power shines brighter each year, with an exciting chapter being added to his incredible story with each event he hosts as a promoter and this year will be no different. Coming off the back of his most successful show yet with a sell out at the University of Bolton stadium, the ‘Vicious One’ will be bringing another big fight night to the home of Bolton Wanderers on March 2nd with ‘Risk vs Reward’:
"We had Roll the Dice in September which lived up to the name as some of my fighters won and some of them lost and my next one is Risk vs Reward. It’s always a risk with each show for me as a promoter and for the match-ups we make for our fighters, but without the risk you don’t get the reward!”
Despite the tremendous critical reception due to the quality of fights Kieran had organised, he was left with conflicting emotions due to three of his fighters losing their most important matches to date but akin to the titles of his recent shows, he weighed up the risks against the rewards and rolled the dice:
“It was bittersweet when I went back to the hotel room, the show was fantastic but my two guys lost. If we have a few of the lads fighting in London and one of them loses, that one loss can affect the whole trip home and nobody wants to talk and that’s what it was like a little bit”
Headlining the next show will be the all action, Danny Craven who will be defending his British Challenge Belt against the more experienced Sam Jones. Craven has been a fan favourite since his electric 1st round knockout in his debut on Kieran’s show back in 2017 and the 25-year old from Warrington now has a record of 5-2:
“For me I didn’t think I was going to be on the top of a bill for a long time, Kieran keeps pulling out all the stops for me and the excitement is overwhelming. The last show at the Macron Stadium was a sell-out show, it was fantastic to see so many people come out to see me fight so I’m really looking forward to this one”
Perhaps the main reason why the night of March 2nd is scheduled to be the owner of The People’s Gym’s biggest show to date is the fact that his brother, Nathan Farrell will be making his professional debut. After a promising amateur career, Nathan’s aspirations of turning professional were seemingly over after a devastating knee injury left him unable to train.
Nathan had been battling depression whilst looking after his extremely unwell brother, in the aftermath of the brain injury Kieran had suffered in 2012. A couple of years down the line things were beginning to look up for the two brothers, with Kieran opening his own gym and Nathan intending to turn pro but the latter tore his ACL whilst sparring. This ultimately made him relapse into his depression:
“The depression came through limping to the shop and my knee would seize up; I used to be a fit guy, train three times a day and ran six times a week. I used to think people were looking at me funny because I was limping and that I couldn’t box anymore”
“If this knee injury didn’t happen, I ‘d have been in the boxing gym turning professional which was my plan and there would have been none of this depression to be honest. Not being able to go back to work at my day job was another thing which led to financial worries, everything just hit me at once and it stayed for four years”
However, Nathan highlighted that his knee steadily began to get better and better in the last twelve months which saw him become more active, being able to get back to working his day job and even training fighters.
“Thankfully, I feel like there’s been a new lease of life for me, there’s been a change. I’m motivated to train and I’m giving myself to everyone because I did use to lock myself away.”
With this tremendous recovery came the undying curiosity of what stepping back into the ring as a professional would be like and this was a question that Nathan wasn’t prepared to be left unanswered.
Much like his brother, Nathan has beaten the odds to turn his life around but even Kieran wasn’t entirely sure that any of this was going to happen when Nathan was struggling to cope with the mental and physical pain:
“If I’m being honest there’s times when I’ve questioned it because of everything that’s happened but there’s one thing I’ve always known and that’s if he does do it, he’s going to be very good”
Kieran made it clear how much admiration he has for his younger brother:
"Nathan’s had his demons and he’s got over them. He’s worked really hard and I don’t want any credit for that, It’s all him. He’s had to deal with me nearly dying and he’s come so far since”
Even though the two brothers have come through the other side of very difficult parts of their lives, both have separate ambitions and have made it clear they must pave their own paths in this journey:
"We’re really close me and Nathan, we used to train, we used to run together. I’ve moved out of the house and the only time we see each other is in the gym and we were just getting under each other’s skin a little bit. Nathan’s now moved to another gym and is working tarmacking during the day’s like I did and in the past few weeks our relationship hasn’t been as good as it is in years so the change has done us a world of good”
With Kieran’s shows continuing to gather more attention and interest, he pinpointed a discussion last year with our CEO, Ged Mason that he feels elevated his shows to a whole other level:
“I respect his opinion so much, every time before I make a decision I think what would Ged do. In terms of the similarities between Business and Boxing, I see what he’s done for Morson as the same as what Eddie Hearn’s done for Matchroom Boxing: he's taken his dad’s company to an even bigger level. With the empire I’m trying to build, I need that advice from Ged”
Whether it’s an intriguing title fight or a highly anticipated debut, it’s clear that ‘Risk vs Reward' is a show that is not to be missed.