Adam Farrell says some painful lessons have helped put him within touching distance of national glory.

Salisbury ABC’s Adam Farrell has rebuilt his damaged body to edge closer to Senior ABA Championship glorySalisbury ABC’s Adam Farrell has rebuilt his damaged body to edge closer to Senior ABA Championship glory.

Adam Farrell says some painful lessons have helped put him within touching distance of national glory.

The Salisbury ABC boxer admits he has been the club’s “nearly man” in recent years but is confident of finally landing the coveted Senior ABA title tomorrow night.

And Farrell is ready to uphold the Solly’s 100% record in Senior finals and become their 16th champion.

A beaten semi-finalist last year, Farrell has endured some tough luck in his pursuit of the domestic prize.

Beaten by eventual winner Hosea Burton in 2009, the 25-year-old was ruled out of a semi-final two years later with a broken jaw.

Farrell now has a titanium plate in his jaw as well as mesh in his eye socket after it was badly damaged last summer when boxing in Canada.

The Huyton boxer admits he has been forced to adopt a more cautious approach since sustaining the injuries but believes it has been the secret of his success this season.

“At the back end of last season I had some time off because of my eye but when I came back things just started to click,” Farrell said.

“I was seeing things from a different perspective.

“The injuries have made me realise that I’m not as durable as I thought I was and that bones do break .

“So it started making me think more tactically. I’ve started taking more shots on my arms.

“It has come naturally and is almost a self-defence mechanism because I can’t afford anymore injuries like that.”

Farrell, a teaching assistant at Hillside High School in Bootle, meets Felix Cash in Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow night.

Cash has recently been added to the Great Britain development squad but Farrell admits to knowing not much about him.

“My fight preparation has not been based on the standard of my opponent but on how I can improve,” said Farrell.

“I’ve been working on throwing more body shots this year and, touch wood, it has been working.”

Farrell’s progress was highlighted when he avenged last year’s semi-final defeat to Peter Martin at the pre-quarter-final stage.

“Getting past Martin killed the demons in my mind,” he said.

“I was thinking that it was going to be the same script as last time but in getting a majority decision win, it showed the improvements I’ve made.

“I’m a firm believer that if you work hard enough then you will get your just rewards.

“I don’t think there is anyone who trains harder than me.

“I knew that if I stuck at it then it would happen one day. Hopefully this is my time.”

Salisbury’s last success in the Senior ABAs came in 2011 when Sam Maxwell and Jay Metcalf were crowned national champions at 60kg and 71kg respectively.

The wins maintained the club’s perfect record of having won every Senior ABA final they have reached.

“The Solly’s record has been in my mind since Sam and Jay won their titles,” he said.

“That’s when it first came to light and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

“For the Salisbury, I’ve been the nearly man.

“I got to the semi-finals of the under-10s, semi-finals of the under-20s and the semis of the ABAs.

“But hopefully this is my time.

“And If I did beat Cash, it doesn’t mean I have any right to be on the GB squad, but it does give me a fair chance to prove myself.”