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Farrell: The Road to the Golden Robe

Super-lightweight Tom Farrell (18-3-0) isn’t getting carried away about the doors that might open for him if he succeeds at the Boxxer tournament in Liverpool this evening.

The event, at the M&S Bank Arena, is a unique format in partnership with Sky Sports. Farrell, who previously lost via technical decision to fellow Boxxer entrant Sean Dodd at the same venue, has his mind completely focused on a fight-by-fight basis.

“I need to get the three wins on the night,” Farrell said. “I’m sure when I win and win in style, Sky and Boxxer will be looking to do something with me in the future on bigger shows. I’ve got to take each round and each fight as it comes.”

Training has been a blast from the past for the 31-year-old who compares the training routine to his amateur days.

Unlike other camps, spending weeks on end preparing for one opponent and to a particular style and game-plan, this unique format throws all traditional training camps away with an array of styles and opponents to try and prepare for.

But the Huyton-born fighter is feeling fresh ahead of the event and is confident he’s trained right.

“I feel fit, and I feel sharp to go over three rounds. It’s about getting different sparring partners in, have rounds with one, have a bit of a break and three rounds with a totally different one.”

‘Fazza’ is relishing the opportunity to fight again in the M&S Bank Arena, and to prove wrong any potential doubters.

“I haven’t had this long, elongated career where I’ve had all these miles on the clock. I still feel young, I still feel fresh, Masher [Sean Dodd] was 35 when he fought me and that was two years ago!

“I’m hoping people do think that ‘He’s finished, past his best’ and I know they’ll get a shock on fight night.”

By Jack Hatton @JackHattonJourn