By Jack Hatton

Liverpool boxer ‘Fazza’ talks exclusively to Merseysportlive and unveils his ambitions to get back in the ring after an entertaining ‘Boxxer’ tournament final defeat to Cori Gibbs.

‘Boxxer’ tournament finalist Tom Farrell is eyeing up a potential undercard bout on the Kell Brook vs Amir Khan card in Manchester on February 19.

The long-awaited fight between the two veterans was announced yesterday under the ‘Boxxer’ promotion shown on Sky Sports Box Office.

Farrell gave an impressive performance on the debut of the ‘Boxxer’ tournament held in his home city of Liverpool on November 6.

He lost in the final on split decision to the undefeated Cori Gibbs who took home the £40,000 prize.

The 32-year-old said: “I’m hoping there might be potential for Sky and Boxxer have me on for the Khan Brook show in Manchester which has just been announced.

“I know that they’re having a couple of the lads there from the Boxxer show that I was on, so obviously there’s a scope there.

“I’ll entertain, I’ll put on a show and I’ll have a good fight with whoever they want to put me in with and I bring a lot of fans as well.”

In his final defeat to Gibbs, many believed he done enough to clinch the victory.

“Watching it back and I definitely did do enough I think, to win,” Farrell added.

“It was as I expected. I won the first, I thought I won the second quite comfortably and then obviously the third, while it was close, he did start a bit better.

“I think I forced it on him in the third and put a bit of pressure on him and think I did do enough and I was probably unlucky not to come away with the big cheque.”

Farrell overcame Ben Fields and knocked down the formerly undefeated Kane Gardener on his route to the penultimate stage.

He showed a maturity in his performances and maneuvered well around different types of fighters with contrasting approaches to try and hunt him down.

There were his trademark strong boxing skills and then particularly in the Gardener fight, an aggression and ruthlessness we would not necessarily associate with him.

But this was one of the many thrilling aspects of the short, unforgiving format and it certainly showed on the night.

The super-lightweight relished his chance at his home venue at the M&S Bank Arena and reiterated to himself he still has plenty to give.

“I think it showed me that I’ve still got a lot to give and when I put my mind to it.

“I know that now if I am going to have other fights, bigger fights I need to be switched on like I was in that camp because that’s the best I’ve ever been, training wise, diet wise and everything else.”

With Sky’s opposition to Eddie Hearn’s DAZN, Ben Shalom and Boxxer crafted a blend of giving veteran and upcoming boxers a chance while giving fans unrivalled entertainment showcasing British boxing at its best.

And it was something the Liverpudlian welcomes into the sport.

“I think it was good for boxing.

“Everyone who I spoke to said it was the best night of boxing they’d ever been to and nobody had a bad night.

“It’s a good concept to keep up with and there’s always going to be entertaining fights, especially when you’ve got a good group of lads together.

“Every one of us there, it was a good set of lads who were good in their own different ways.”

Liverpool’s Tom ‘Fazza’ Farrell relishing Boxxer tournament in home city

 

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