Out of the darkness into the boxing spotlight – Farrell ready to debut after overcoming depression

Ruadhan Farrell is ready to step into the boxing spotlight having suffered some dark times of late.

The Belfast fighter signed with Assassin Promotions and was set to join the pro ranks on Ray Moylette’s televised ‘Homecoming’ card in December of last year, but pulled out because he wanted to debut in his home city.

A delayed debut never materalized as the teen fell on some hard times. A period of depression and the loss of his grandfather left Farrell in a tough place.

However, he has recovered now and with a more healthy mindset he is keen to look forward and make an impression in the ring.

“I turned over nearly a year ago. I wanted to debut in my home town, but I was supposed to fight in Mayo three weeks before Christmas. That just wasn’t for me,” Farrell told Irish-boxing.com before explaining why he still hasn’t punched for pay.

“I have had a lot going on in my head over the last six months from depression to losing my Granda. I just felt like it wasn’t worth it. Now I just got everything back am not looking back.”

The Breen Tam bantamweight is now in a better place and looking forward to starting his career.

“The only way is up for me. I have been working hard in the gym and learning from my team mates.”

“It has been so hard this year last year to try get something sorted, but I couldn’t be happier the way things are going now.”

The John Breen-managed fighter, sparring partner of upcoming Commonwealth title challenger Cathy McAler, is now hoping to debut in Belfast in October before setting up a busy 2020.

“The plan for the rest of year is make my debut around Ocotber time in my hometown. I will see where that gets me and then in 2020 I am looking to get four fights behind me.

“I am still working with John Breen. He is going to by my manager and trainer. There no one better I could have looking after me hes the best in the business.”


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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