It is a joy to see IBF Super-Featherweight Titlist 🇺🇸Tevin “American Dream” Farmer (30-4-1, 6KO) box from a purists perspective, and tonight he had a relatively easy time in out boxing and out boxing 🇫🇷Guillaume Frenois (46-2-1, 12KO) for the wide unanimous decision victory. Continue reading “Farmer Outclasses Frenois to a Wide Decision”
Slick southpaw defensive dynamo 🇺🇸Tevin “American Dream” Farmer (29-4-1, 6KO) is back in action, and will look to make the 4th defense of his IBF Super-Featherweight Title Belt in the last 35 weeks. He will be fighting IBF’s #1 world contender 🇫🇷Guillaume Frenois (46-1-1, 12KO) who will officially have his first crack at a World Title after winning, and defending his EBU European Title a few times. Continue reading “Farmer & Frenois to Mix it Up in Arlington, Texas”
The main event was an eventful, and an entertaining one. There were a lot of different ebbs and flow to the bout, with Jono ‘Celtic Warrior’ Carroll (16-1-1, 3KO) exclusively working hard to see what he could pull out of the Champion, but Tevin ‘American Idol’ Farmer (29-4-1, 6KO) was game to rise to the challenge in adapting to every circumstance, especially down the stretch to cement the victory in the eyes of the onlookers.
Early on, Carroll made it no secret that the main focus of his strategy coming into this fight would be to operate exclusively to the body with heavy punch volume, coming forward with vigor and trying to overwhelm the Champion to keep him shelled up in a defensive posture.
The first couple of rounds he had success doing this while finding the body, which prompted Farmer to analyze what he was doing, and adapt to the circumstances. By the time the 4th round came, Farmer figured out that Carroll can’t fight moving backwards, so Tevin began to press forward, making it an emphasis to stay in Jono’s chest, to utilize his elusiveness to slip punches and counter back with hooks and short uppercuts while wrestling Carroll off his back-foot, changing the tone of the fight and pushing Carroll out of his comfort zone.
Farmer also figured out that he too could land to the body against Carroll, so he started ripping away with right hooks to the body, some coming in counterpunching variety. The 6th round was a dominant one for Farmer, dissecting the Celtic warrior, exploiting every angle to get him off balanced and making him pay for it repeatedly.
Farmer started to drift a little in rounds following, and Jono got back to dictating the pace once again, landing shots at a pretty good rate while Tevin’s back started touching the ropes more, and over-relied on his defensive movement as his go-to move. When it got to the Championship rounds, Farmer behaved like a real Champion, and made a statement down the stretch, hurting Carroll badly in the 11th round from a picture-perfect right hook that had the challenger staggered, but was ultimately saved by the bell.
In the 12th round, they fought in spurts, with both of them running a little low on energy, and they made it all the way up to the final bell. It was a weird type of fight to score, however when you tune play-by-play announcer Brian Kenny out…..and cast the action under a microscope to see what exactly was taking place, it should be viewed as a definitive verdict, though not looked at as a blowout. Tevin was awarded the victory by unanimous decision, and he made the 3rd successful defense of his IBF Super-Featherweight Championship title belt.
Dave Braslow = 117 – 111 for TEVIN FARMER
Sylvain Leblanc = 117 – 111 for TEVIN FARMER
John Poturaj = 117 – 110 TEVIN FARMER
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS
Jon Uddin = 116 – 112 for TEVIN FARMER
Tré Berry = 116 – 112 for TEVIN FARMER
Slick southpaw expert boxer Tevin ‘American Idol’ Farmer (28-4-1, 6KO) brings his IBF Super-Featherweight title with him to the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to put it on the line against the second highest ranked IBF world contender, that being Ireland’s Jono ‘Celtic Warrior’ Carroll (16-0-1, 3KO).
Please don’t mistake any of these guys for power punchers, however both enjoy getting in a good scrap, and it is apparent that they don’t like each other all too well, giving them more reason for a battle to break out on Friday. Here are some quotes that were stated by both in the lead ups to this fight…
TEVIN FARMER – “Listen, all that sad story about what you have done, you aren’t going to convince Philly. They are with me. I am going to beat you up real bad, right in front of all of Philadelphia. And you know what, after I beat you, I am going to take you for cheesesteaks. Not Pat’s, Geno’s and all that either. I’m going to take you to the Papi spot. That’s the best spot. So listen, if you don’t know me, I am Tevin Farmer. I am a real Philly fighter. I came from nothing and I owe it all to my team. This year I am looking to fight four or five times, maybe six if I can. I want to go down as one of the best to ever do it and 2019 is going to be a huge year for me.”
JONO CARROLL – “I love Philly, I know you have heard me jawing with Tevin but I do love the city and all the fans. I don’t care what this little pea-brain says in the background. I have been an underdog in most of my fights but I keep winning and winning and winning. Come March 15, this kid Farmer won’t know what hits him. I am going to take his belt, easy work. I’ll take that home with me. If he beats me, you know what, I will take my hat off and tell him that he is a hell of a man. You know why? Because it is going to take a hell of a man to beat me.”
Now that fight week is here, with this battle on the horizon, the talking stops, and the fists take over as the real conversation takes place in the ring through action. If successful, this will be Farmer’s 4th title defense, and as for Carroll, this is his first shot at the big time. The fight will be shown live on DAZN’s streaming service on Friday, at 7 o’clock P.M. EST.
Tevin Farmer (27-4-1, 6KO) vs Francisco Fonseca (22-1-1, 16KO)
IBF Super Featherweight Title (Farmer 2nd defense)
Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer will put his IBF Super Featherweight title on the line for the second time in two months against Francisco Fonseca Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Overall, this will be the third fight in four months for Farmer, his last fight ending in a fifth round TKO victory over James Tennyson at the TD Garden in Boston in October. The fight will be the main undercard on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding card.
The stoppage of Tennyson gave Farmer only his sixth knockout out in 32 fights, but it was the beginning of what he says is a new dimension to his skill set. “Punching power’s a definite improvement over my past two fights. I’ve been sitting down on my shots and turning them over.”
The southpaw from the “City of Brotherly Love” says he has every intention of improving on the power play Saturday night.
“I’m looking to do the same thing that I did to Tennyson, but much faster. I’m on another level and people are starting to realize it. December 15th I will show everyone once again that I am one of the best in the world.”
Across the ring, the Philly native will be looking at his opposition in Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca, who is coming in looking to deliver a huge upset in New York. Much of the talk at Super Featherweight right now centers around a future matchup with Farmer and WBA champion Gervonta Davis of Baltimore, who ironically is the only man to defeat Fonseca (8th round KO).
Having won his last three fights by technical knockout, Fonseca has promised that he is prepared to go toe to toe with Farmer and leave with the belt.
“I see his focus is on Gervonta Davis, not on me…I hope you’re prepared so we can give the public a great fight. In the name of God, I’ll be the new IBF World Champion. I’ll guarantee my name will never be forgotten by the people that watch us fight and I’m ready to make history.”