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Kieran Farrell Promotions have plans to run shows in Ireland

Kieran Farrell is confident he can grow a successful stable and run shows on what is said to be barren Irish ground.

The Manchester based fight maker revealed earlier this week he was adding an Irish wing to Kieran Farrell Promotions.

Considering those on the ground in Ireland have been claiming shows outside of Belfast are impossible, it was initially suggested the retired fighter turned promoter was providing an escape route for Irish talent.

Some felt the plan was to have Irish fighters on his British cards, but Farrell quickly refuted those claims.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com Farrell confirmed he does have plans to run shows in Ireland. The 29-year-old admits the landscape will have to be surveyed once boxing, particularly smaller hall cards, resumes.

Farell will take a more softly softly approach, but has no issue with trying to overcome any of the major obstacles in existence at present.

“The plan is to build up the stable of fighters to be able to facilitate shows,” Farrell told Irish-boxing.com.

“With the pandemic things will obviously have to be taken step by step. I’m in no rush, I want everything to be right so we’re able to sustain boxers futures.”

There are no immediate plans for an Irish show, but the promoter, who has promoted in Belfast, running a show at the Devenish in 2017, will look to address that when it’s safe to fight in front of crowds.

“There’s no shows at the moment due to the pandemic and we don’t no when mass gatherings can happen so we have no plans of such just yet,” continues ‘Vicious’. 

“Whenever the stable can be enough to be able to form a show then we will look at holding a show, I’ve been doing shows since 2016 so I’m confident at whatever obstacles are in front of us we will overcome,” he adds before explaining why he decided to set up an Irish wing to Farrell Promotions. 

“I get contacted by dozens of multi national champions from Ireland and I also love having the Irish fighters on my shows over in Manchester. These promoted my move to set up an Irish wing. We did a successful 2017 show in Belfast and look to further our successes.”

Rumour suggests the unsigned St Michaels Inchicore Gym fighters could be the first on the roster.

Farrell wouldn’t confirm any names, electing instead to point people toward the promotional outfits Facebook page.  

“If you follow our promotions page on Facebook we will be releasing in due course.” 

There has also been suggestions, those signed to Farrell may look to take out British Boxing Board of Control licences, but again the Manchester native revealed that may not be the case.

The former John Breen trained fighter claims he will make the licencing decisions he feels suits each individual fighter.

“I’m here to give fighters opportunitie. Every situation is different for example I had Dylan Moran from Waterford over with me in the UK and he was on a BBBofC licence.

“It all depends on different fighters and there needs. We’re currently looking at two new applicants taking out a BUI licence. Like I said every fighters needs are different.  The main thing is the fighters get the opportunity.” 

Farrell has promoted in Ireland before and has trained here when he worked in Breens Gym, reflecting on that time he added: “John Breen is a Irish boxing legend and Eamonn Magee is too, I have a lot of time for both of them and thoroughly enjoyed my time living and training with them.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com