When central area lightweight champion ‘Vicious’ Kieran Farrell got the call last month from promoter and manager Dave Coldwell to tell him that Kevin Hooper had pulled out of their December 7th English lightweight title fight, but, he had some good news, in that another opponent had been found!Farrell already had a feeling of fate that the replacement name Coldwell was about to put to him was former British champion Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla.

Farrell, 25, unbeaten in 14 fights, couldn’t believe his luck at the switch and immediately snapped up Coldwell’s offer to take on Crolla in an all Manchester Battle for English lightweight supremacy.

“I was meant to fight Kevin Hooper originally for the English title.” Farrell told BritishBoxers.

“I texted Dave (Coldwell) and asked him if he was any closer to making the fight with Hooper and he said no, he’s out injured mate, but I’m working on something else for you and you’ll like this one it’s tasty!

‘I actually guessed it might have been Tommy Coyle, who I wanted to shut up anyway or Anthony Crolla. So when he said Crolla, I thought mint, lets get it on.

“I was buzzin when we spoke and when I heard it was Crolla, I mean he’s a nationally recognised fighter and there was talk of him fighting Erik Morales not so long ago. So that’s what I need, so when everyone sees the result the day after the fight and sees that; ‘Anthony Crolla got beat off Kieran Farrell’ they’ll be scratching their heads sayin; ‘Who the F@>! is Kieran Farrell?

“Because I’m a nobody at the minute, I’m unbeaten an all that, but I saw somethin on BoxRec forum the other day someone saying that Farrell’s fought nobody! “I thought, who do you want me to fight? Ive had fourteen fights!

“I came up from eight stone at eighteen years of age. I fought an unbeaten fighter (Joe Eldith) for an area title in June. I am ready to step up now. Yeah, Crolla is a step up and I’m ready for this.

“I have loads of respect for Anthony Crolla he is a class boxer, top fighter and a good guy and it is definitely a step up in class for me, but I’m going to be world champion so this is a fight on that journey, I will win and wont let anyone stop me. 

“I don’t mind being an underdog and being under-estimated because come December 7th everyone will know just who I am and what I’m about.”

Farrell was on course to be matched with Crolla when he entered into the Prizefighter lightweights II last month, only to later withdraw from the tournament because of personal reasons. Joe Gallagher coach of Crolla recently suggested that Farrell had pulled out ofPrizefighter because he had ‘bottled it! This is something that has riled Farrell, who has overcome some difficult times lately and he reacted angrily to the comments made by Gallagher.

“Kieran Farrell’s a good fighter. He thinks he’s a little Ricky Hatton and has good movement,” Gallagher had told LiveFight in an interview with John Evans. “He’ll present problems and he’s a bullish kid, a strong kid and he has a good variety of shots but he doesn’t have the best defence in the world. Gallagher went on.

“He marks up a little bit. My only concern is that the fight doesn’t happen. Crolla will be there on the night but Kieran Farrell, I think, bottled it out of Prizefighter. It’s all right making fights but a realisation dawns on them come fight time. He bottled it last time and I hope he doesn’t bottle it this time.” added Gallagher.

“That .@%!!>@’ Gallagher!” barked Farrell.

“I’ll be having a word with him! Saying I bottled it out of the Prizefighter, he wants to watch his .@*”>’^% mouth and not comment on things he knows nothing about.

“Ive been going through some hard times recently, my girlfriend is pregnant and we have our baby soon and things wasn’t right in my life and our relationship at the time. With me staying in Belfast, it wasn’t helping us resolve things, so my head wasn’t on it at the time.

“I was gutted about the Prizefighter, but it’s just one of them things, but to say I bottled it is a ‘@&>>!!”g insult to me! – “Everybody knows he’s the biggest c!>@t in British boxing! But Anthony is one of the nicest blokes in British boxing, Ive got nothing against him, but I cant wait for the fight and I’ll make Gallagher eat his words.” added an angry Farrell.

Kieran has been training with John Breen in Belfast since leaving previous coach Bobby Rimmer earlier this year and he was spending all week and weekends in Northern Ireland and it wasn’t an ideal scenario for him living in Belfast full time.

But he and his team have come to a compromise and now he spends his weekends at home in Manchester with his family and pregnant girlfriend and then fly’s back to team up with Breen in Belfast on the Monday.

“Everything is settled now in my lifeand I’m really happy in Belfast and I love working with John. So now Ive got adapted better to the situation and the traveling and now Ive got a routine.

“I train in the week with John, then fly back to Manchester on the Friday, I’ll train in Manchester at the Darnell (his former amateur club) and make my way back to John’s on Monday, Its a much better plan.

“December is a big month for me, our baby is due and I’m going into the biggest fight of my life.

“I’m settled and happy with the way things have worked out, I’m settled in my personal life and I’m ready to show everyone who ‘Viva La Vicious’ is come December 7th.

“With my style and Anthony’s style this is going to be a great fight, maybe fight of the year, if I’m going to be world champion I’ve got to take care of Anthony Crolla, hey bring it on I cant wait!”