Heartbroken Farrell forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage in title bout
23:53 GMT, 8 January 2013
02:04 GMT, 9 January 2013
Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage during his English title defeat to Anthony Crolla in December.
The 22-year-old lightweight was rushed to hospital having collapsed after the final bell and was later found to have bleeding on the brain.
Farrell, who had won his previous 14 fights, was told by his doctor on Tuesday that returning to the ring could be fatal.
Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital
'I will never box again,' he confirmed on Twitter. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal & the BBBofC wouldn't licence me.
'I asked if I had a 4-year-long break would I be able to box He [his doctor] told me I have long term brain damage, once it's damaged it won't mend.
'I was expecting the worst but it's worse when it's told to you, I'm heartbroken. I need a few days to get my head round it.'
End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat
Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows
Farrell's promoter Dave Coldwell tweeted 'Can't really express how upset i feel right now. Boxing has been his life & we'll be there for him to help keep him involved.
'He put a brave face on things when we spoke earlier but there's going to be so much down times for him, he knows that but he also knows he's not on his own.'
Coldwell also revealed he plans to host a benefit dinner in April for the former Central Area champion.