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VICIOUS CIRCLE

Nathan Farrell is preparing for his pro debut seven years after witnessing Kieran collapse in the ring. Elliot Worsell talks to the Farrell brothers
SOMETHING IS WRONG: Kieran is tended to in the immediate aftermath of his 2012 loss to Crolla
Photo: ACTION IMAGES / LEE SMITH

FARRELL ★ BROTHERS ★ SPECIAL FEATURE BOXING

AFTER it had all gone wrong, Nathan Farrell spent the best part of 18 months asking his brother if he was all right. Twenty times a day, by his reckoning, and if the answer was yes, he would ask again because he suspected his brother was fibbing or playing down the concern. He would ask if he was sure.

Given their closeness, asking his brother if he was all right was as good as asking himself the same question. “We are identical in how we think and feel,” Nathan told Boxing News. “We didn’t grow up as two people, we grew up as one person. We were inseparable. We lived the same life.”

The first time Nathan asked Kieran if he was all right and really meant it was on the night of December 7, 2012. They were at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, both inside a boxing ring, and Nathan’s hands were on the shoulders of Kieran, who had just completed a 10-round fight against Anthony Crolla.

Before three scorecards confirmed his brother’s defeat, Nathan asked the question. He asked it not because he feared Kieran would be despondent about losing the first fight of his professional career but because he knew his brother’s mannerisms better than most and that night correlated them with those of boxers in trouble.

His instinct was correct. Far from all right, Kieran, when asked how he was doing, told Nathan he felt dizzy, which was as close as he would ever come to conceding he wasn’t all right, and then collapsed, falling into the arms of his brother but feeling no heavier than he did when they used to wrestle and playfight in the living room of their Bury home as children.

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