Tevin Farmer was in a jovial mood when talking with Sporting News ahead of his IBF junior lightweight title safety Friday night in opposition to Jono Carroll at the Liacouras Center in Farmer’s hometown of Philadelphia, reside and utterly on DAZN.
“I have a problem making weight all the time,” Farmer said, laughing loudly in reference to WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter having to cut his hair to make weight for his battle with Yordenis Ugas on Saturday. “Just kidding. I think making 130 pounds is pretty easy.”
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Farmer’s mood shortly went from joking spherical to lifeless extreme when the dialog shifted to his weight class, nonetheless.
The 130-pound division choices good fighters that embrace Farmer, WBC titlist Miguel Berchelt, WBA champion Gervonta Davis, WBA (widespread) titleholder Andrew Cancio and WBO titlist Masayuki Ito.
On paper, all of the items appears good. While he respects what these fighters have accomplished, the 28-year-old Farmer feels the division will not ever progress if the top fighters aren’t facing each other.
“It doesn’t matter who has the belts because nobody is fighting each other,” said Farmer (28-4-1, one no-contest, six KOs). “I really don’t care for that. Until world champions are fighting world champions, then it will be pretty good for the division. Other than that, there’s nothing really happening in the division. We have some good people, but they aren’t fighting each other.”
He’s correct. Fans have to see champions taking on other champions to see who the easiest really is. That has at all instances been the case because of the politics which have plagued the sport for years. Those related politics precipitated fights like Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao to not happen when each have been inside the primes of their careers. It may even set off Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder to be intently delayed.
Some have put the onus on the promoters and some have put it on the boxers for not pushing the problem of making the easiest fights happen irrespective of which group and promotion they’re combating beneath. Farmer wouldn’t say who must be blamed, nonetheless he supplies his scorching take as to why the easiest 130-pounders aren’t facing each other.
“Because nobody wants to take a risk,” Farmer said. “I mean, if you’re a great fighter, you should feel like it isn’t a risk. I don’t feel like it’s a risk. I know I can beat the other champions in my division. I would like to fight all of them. So, for me, it would be easy. It’s easy for me to say that because I know they can’t beat me. But for a guy that’s unsure, it would be a lot harder.”
Many predict Farmer to beat Carroll and switch on to a good greater battle. According to proboxingodds.com , Farmer is a 10-1 favorite to win in his yard. What comes afterward if Farmer will get by Carroll?
A Davis-Farmer showdown could possibly be the biggest bout to make at junior lightweight. They have been going backwards and forwards on Twitter given that summer season of 2017. At cases, it has gotten non-public between the 2. It’s the one battle that Farmer would favor to have, though he wouldn’t assume it ought to happen any time rapidly as a result of Davis and his camp.
Why you so nervous bout me fat boy. Better start making weight. https://t.co/uQTncOPHS9
— TEVIN FARMER (@TevinFarmer22) October 19, 2017
“Let’s be serious about that, we know Gervonta doesn’t want to fight me,” Farmer says point-blank.
Farmer has an Option B if the Davis battle cannot be made.
“If Cancio wants to fight me next, I’ll take that fight,” Farmer said. “I liked what he did to Machado. It would be easier since we are on DAZN and our promoters get along well. Hell, yeah, I would take that fight.”
Carroll (16-0, three KOs) is wanting to squash Farmer’s plans of future unification bouts. The 26-year-old earned the title shot by going to a minimize up attract opposition to Guillaume Frenois in December. Even though the Irishman is undefeated, Farmer sees no downside in altering that.
“S—,” Farmer said point-blank when requested about what challenges Carroll presents. “He’s going to get his ass kicked. You hear fighters say, ‘Oh, yeah, so-and-so is a great fighter. He’s going to give me a tough fight.’ When they say that, they know damn well those guys aren’t going to give them a tough fight. They just want to make people think it’s going to be a tough fight, like when Gervonta fought Ruiz last month. He kept saying Ruiz was a tough opponent. In my head, I knew he was full of s—. That’s why he and his team picked him to be the opponent. He knew he would beat Ruiz’s ass.”
Farmer added: “Jono was talking s—, saying he can beat me and is going to take my title. That’s why I wanted to face him, so I can kick his ass. I have no idea how I’m going to win. I just know he’s going to be bloody. I’ll tell you that for a fact. No one is going to recognize him when I’m done with him. I promise you that.”