Farmer Defends World Title
Against Carroll On March 15
Tevin Farmer will defend his IBF World Super-Featherweight
title against Jono Carroll at the Liacouras Center in
Philadelphia on Friday March 15, live on DAZN in the US and
on Sky Sports in the UK.
makes the third defense of his crown in his first fight on
home turf as a World champion, following a wide points win
over Francisco Fonseca in New York in December, a win that
followed a dominant fifth round stoppage over Northern
Irishman James Tennyson in his first defense in Boston in
The 28 year old returns to the Temple University venue
having boxed there in April 2017 against Arturo Reyes – the
fight before his first World title showdown with Kenichi
Ogawa in Las Vegas in December, where his controversial
split decision loss was turned into a no-contest after the
Japanese failed a drug test. Farmer would claim the vacant
IBF title in August in Australia with a comprehensive points
win over seasoned Aussie Billy Dib.
Unbeaten Dubliner Carroll (16-0-1 3KOs) fights for his first
World title on St Patrick’s weekend against Farmer, with his
shot at the title following a closely fought split draw in a
final eliminator with Guillaume Frenois in Sheffield,
England in December.
Farmer and Carroll have been involved in bitter social media
spats and will finally come face-to-face for the first time
at a press conference to launch the fight in Philly next
Tuesday, and both fighters believe the fight will be as
fiery as the build-up.
“He's got a World title shot on St Patrick's weekend, he
should be thanking me,” said Farmer. “He's trying to get
under my skin but it's impossible to get under my skin. He's
making himself look bad and he's stepping up to a whole
different level with me. I'm A-level and he's going to pay.
“He says we both come from tough backgrounds, the hood, that
boy hasn't come from any struggle, no hood. I'm going to
show him when he comes to Philly, he's going to eat his
words. He's trying to get his buzz up but there's certain
things that you don't say. He's made this personal and you
don't want to get personal with a Philly guy like me.
“This is big for me, fighting as a World champion in Philly.
When does Philly hold big World championship shows? This is
big – it's a boxing town but this is as big a show as
there's been here for a long time. I have to thank Eddie,
Lou and DAZN for making this a reality, because often World
champions don't always get the chance to fight in their home
city. It doesn't happen, but it's happening for me and that
shows the level of respect that Eddie, Lou and I have for
each other. It's going to be a great night.
“I don't care about these other champions. You never know
what is going to happen with politics and people making
excuses, but I'm here, I defended the title twice in three
months last year and I'm headlining at home. If people
really want to fight, it's simple to do - sign the contract
and turn up and fight.
“The only thing I care about is my career, keep lining them
up and I'm going to keep smoking them and keep getting paid.
With or without them, my career will be the best of all
those guys. I'm on a high right now. Everything is good
right now, I'm doing everything I've dreamed of.”
“It is only fitting that Tevin Farmer's remarkable journey
in boxing and in life comes back to his home city,
Philadelphia,” said DiBella. “In 2018, from Australia to
Madison Square Garden, Tevin established himself as one of
the brightest and most active stars in boxing.
“This is the homecoming Tevin deserves, and if Jono Carroll
fights with the same fervor that he talks, it will also be a
fight befitting of a city that has long been synonymous with
all action wars.”
“I'll do what I want with Tevin, he's a tiny little child
and I'm not afraid of him,” said Carroll. “When we meet, if
he's respectful of me, I'll be respectful back as that's how
I've been brought up - but if comes talking rubbish then
I'll put him in his place.
“I see a fakeness in him when I see him interviewed, I see a
fake person. My thoughts on him are that he wants to be
liked, but he's not. I reckon he's arrogant, that's the man
I think he is and I know he's that sort of flashy person
saying stupid things on Twitter.
“Tevin is a man that wants to be liked but he plays like
he's Floyd Mayweather, but he's not half as good as him. He
has serious holes in his armory, and I am going to poke
every single one of them, I’ll break him up and stop him.
“He's never met a man like me in his life. He came from a
rough background yes, but so did I. We're both from crazy
places but we're in the limelight now, so we have to be
grown-up and responsible as we're going to have cameras
Irish sensation Katie Taylor can take a giant step towards
her goal of becoming the undisputed World Lightweight
champion when she aims to unify her WBA and IBF titles
against WBO ruler Rose Volante.
Taylor (12-0 5KOs) added the IBF strap to her WBA title in
April against Victoria Bustos in Brooklyn, New York, and has
since defended the titles three times, stopping Kimberly
Connor in three rounds in London in July before shutouts
against Cindy Serrano in Boston in October and ending a
stunning 2018 by beating Eva Wahlstrom in New York in
Volante (14-0 8KOs) has defended her WBO crown twice since
winning the vacant title in December 2017 and the Argentine
won both her defenses in Brazil 2018 by the halfway point,
with Lourdes Borbua retiring after five rounds in April and
Yolis Marrugo Franco stopped in three in September.
The champions put titles and unbeaten records on the line in
Philadelphia, and the winner will target Belgian WBC ruler
Delfine Persoon for all the belts later in the year.
“Ever since I won my first World title as a pro my goal has
been to unify the Lightweight titles so this is obviously a
massive step towards that,” said Taylor. “Volante is
unbeaten so I'm expecting a tough fight but that's exactly
the kind of challenge I want. I think the better the
opponent and the bigger the challenge the better I will
“It's a great card to be on especially with so many Irish
fighters on the bill on St. Patrick's weekend in
Philadelphia so I'm sure it will be a special occasion.
“For now my focus is on Volante but of course after that
fight I would love to have all the belts as soon as
possible. Hopefully the Persoon fight can finally be made
for the summer and then there are some other huge fights out
there as well for the rest of the year.”
A stacked card in support of the two World title
blockbusters is led by a crunch Middleweight clash between
Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado and Pole Maciej Sulecki and an
all-Philadelphia Lightweight clash between Hank Lundy and
Rosado (24-11-1 14KOs) is back in action after a
controversial all-action fight in Kansas with Luis Arias in
November, the former World title challenger drawing with the
Milwaukee man. The 33 year old will be desperate to get his
name back into contention for major honors with the 160lbs
division red hot right now, but Sulecki (27-1 11KOs) will
have the same designs on those title shots having bounced
back from a loss against Daniel Jacobs in April with a
second round KO win in Poland in November.
“I'm excited to start the year back home in Philly,” said
Rosado. “This is the second half of my career and the goal
is to win a World title. It's only right that it starts here
Prospect Sparrow (9-1 3KOs) will be gunning to add a major
scalp to his CV in the shape of former World title
challenger Lundy (29-7-1 14KOs). Sparrow faces the second
ten round clash of his career as he looks to step up his
progress early in 2019.
“It's been a long time since I last fought but that's on me
and I've learned from it,” said Sparrow. “Fighting someone
like Hank Lundy is the kind of challenge I look forward to.
It's a big fight on a big stage.”
“Once again we have a great Philly vs. Philly fight and that
is always good for boxing in Philly,” said Lundy. “It's a
hard fight but we're both looking down the road because we
know what winning this fight will do for our careers.”
Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal star Daniyar Yeleussinov
(5-0 3KOs) fights for the sixth time in the paid ranks ahead
of what promises to be a break out year for the 27 year old,
the same of which can be said for two-time Olympian and 2012
silver medalist John Joe Nevin (11-0 4KOs) who joins fellow
Irish fighters on the St. Patrick’s weekend bill.
“I can’t wait for March 15 at the Liacouras Center,” said
promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s our first ever event in
Philadelphia and it’s an honor to promote in this great city
on St Patrick’s weekend.
“Tevin Farmer is one of the great boxing underdog stories of
our generation and I’m so happy he is getting the chance to
bring that World championship home against a feisty and
talented Jono Carroll.
“The biggest star in World boxing, Ireland’s Katie Taylor,
looks to unify the division against WBO champ Rose Volante.
Philly favorite Gabe Rosado takes on Poland’s Maciej Sulecki
in a thrilling Middleweight match up and Olympic stars
Daniyar Yeleussinov and John Joe Nevin. It’s stacked from
top to bottom and it’s going to be an electric night of
boxing in Philadelphia.”