Ruadhan Farrell [3(2)-1(0)] is happy to celebrate the moral victory despite suffering a first career defeat last month.
‘Ruddy’ was outpointed by friend and MHD stablemate Colm Murphy [4(1)-0] in a vacant BUI Celtic featherweight title fight on the Return of the Mick card on August 6.
While the result meant the Belfast fighter didn’t leave the SSE Arena with the title his performance ensured he came away with an enhanced reputation.
‘Posh Boy’ Murphy was a big favourite going into the fight with many predicting the prospect would secure an inside-the-distance win.
Murphy did win but only after a competitive eight rounds, something the 22-year-old takes pride in.
“Loads of people doubted me,” he told Irish-boxing.com. “They said he was going to stop me, but he didn’t get a chance. I proved them all wrong. I was never fazed throughout the fight and he didn’t hurt me once in the fight.
“I started slow but I deffo’ came on stronger and was the fitter in the second half of fight fought. Overall I did well, really well.”
A competitive performance wasn’t the only odds-defying element of the fight. The fact Farrell was in a title fight on a massive Michael Conlan bill at all is a testament to his resilience and spirit. At one stage it looked like Farrell’sboxing career was never going to get started, as it took him nearly four years since revealing he was turning over to finally climb through the ropes.
He also had to deal with four failed debut attempts, so to be in a title fight on such a card just five months after he punched for pay for the first time is a massive achievement in itself.
“I am so proud of myself for sticking with it for three years struggling to get fights. Now I have four fights in seven months and I’ve fought for a title,” he adds before suggesting he wants to return to that big stage.
“It was amazing [to fight on a big card], some buzz, hopefully, it’s the first of many.”
Farrell will now drop down the scales and get some wins at super bantamweight before looking for titles in that weight category.
“I’ll have a comeback fight in November,” he responds when asked the ‘what’s next question’. “Then I’ll chase titles next year. The super bantamweight division is mine.”