New promoter enters the Irish scene – well, sort of!

Dedicated British promoter Kieran Farrell has re entered the Irish scene and set up an Irish wing to his promotional outfit.

Farrell, who has become noted in Britain for his enthusiastic approach to the game and his unique work rate, revealed he would be setting up an Irish stable last night [Sunday].

The news sparked excitement and interest, with many wondering to what degree the 29-year-old, who had to retire after suffering brain damage during his fight with Anthony Crolla in 2013, enter a difficult market.

Most hoped the enthusiastic small hall promoter would look to bring an end to a drought in Irish shows.

However, believes patience will be required in that regard. This site has learnt that Farrell has teamed up with a number of Irish fighters, most of which come from the St Michael’s Gym in Inchicore, but he has no immediate plans to dip his toe in the Irish boxing market.

The Irish fighters aligned to the former John Breen-trained Farrell will fight on his shows in England for now – Manchester looking the most likely of venue.

St Michael’s coach Steven O’Rourke, who coaches Tony Browne, son Ryan O’Rourke, Paddy Nevin, Keane McMahon, Tiernan Bradley and more couldn’t go into detail when contacted, but did confirm some of his fighters had teamed up with his fellow Mancunian.

“I am delighted that my fighters can now have the comfort of fighting on regular shows so we can build them up and get them busy,” he told

Farrell previously had an Irish wing and was working with the likes of Dylan Moran, Padraig McCrory and Mathew Fitzsimons. The 29-year-old ran a successful show in Belfast in April of 2017 before being forced to call off an October 2017 scheduled fight night due to a number of late pull-outs.

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