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Introducing: Ruadhan ‘Rudy’ Farrell

The number of Irish professional boxers still in their teens is increasing with Ruadhan Farrell the latest to make the move.

The Belfast super bantamweight was confirmed to have signed with Assassin Boxing last week and looks set to debut early next year.

While still only 18 years of age, Farrell’s switch to the pros comes a year after first stating his intentions to ditch the vest.

Boxing out of Newington Patsy Quinn club in North Belfast, Farrell racked up over 70 fights in the vest and competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifiers last year.

However, disillusioned with the sport, he looked to turn pro – but first spent some time honing his trade on the Ulster semi-pro circuit.

Farrell explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “I was considering going pro last year because I loved the thought of being more noticed and, if I’m honest, the desire to get paid for dedicated training and fighting was great.”

“But, when I sat down and thought it through and spoke to my family and friends, I decided that it would be better for me to wait a while and be patient before I jumped into things as once I go pro I can never fight amateur again.”

“Now a year on, I feel that I’m 100% ready to get into the pro game and I can’t wait!”

A confident fighter, Farrell outlined how “I have good fighting style for the pro game.”

“I feel that I could stand out as I have a unique style of boxing. I can box southpaw and orthodox and i can brawl and counterpunch.”

“The pro game will suit me a lot. I have a lot of support up here in Belfast, a lot of people behind me.”

Farrell is a member of the Breen Team – being trained by the legendary John Breen and Eamonn Magee alongside the likes of Feargal McCrory.

“They are world class trainers,” he notes. “John is old school and Eamonn is very good, old school too.”

“John has trained 12 world champions and with Eamonn being a world champion in his day I think that will help too.”

The teenager will need to be given time to develop and Farrell is keen to take a gradual approach.

The youngster acknowledged that “my goals now are to build my record up and gain experience in the professional game.”

“In the future I hope to fight for a professional Irish or British title and most importantly win it.”

“I might have not had big achievements in amateur boxing but I’ll have a big pro career


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie