Boxer Kieran Farrell rushed to hospital after losing to Anthony Crolla in Manchester

Farrell recovering in hospital following collapse after first defeat to Crolla

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11:40 GMT, 8 December 2012

Manchester boxer Kieran Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital after suffering his first professional defeat against Anthony Crolla.

The 22-year-old, who had won his first 14 fights, was carried out on a stretcher and given oxygen after the brutal 10-round bout at Bowlers Arena in Trafford Park on Friday night.

Farrell was reported to be suffering from
extreme exhaustion but was recovering in hospital and is expected to be released on Sunday.

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

Crolla, who won the
English lightweight title fight on points, said: 'It's just a sport. I'm happy to win the
title, but first and foremost I hope he's okay. His well being is the main
thing.'

The unbeaten Farrell took the fight to Crolla in the early stages and had the upper hand in what was developing into a barnstorming contest.

Concern: Kieran Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight

But as the fight entered the sixth
round, Crolla began to edge ahead, using his jab to good effect and by
the penultimate round, Farrell was tiring after his fast start and
collapsed before the scores could be announced.

Crolla, who moves to 25-4, was
awarded the victory by margins of 99-92, 96-94 and 99-93.He will now aim
to fight the winner of Martin Gethin vs Ben Murphy for the British
title in 2013.

Brutal: Crolla (left) beat Farrell on points

Brutal: Crolla (left) beat Farrell on points