It was an absolute boxing clinic that was on full display at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday March 15, live on DAZN as Tevin Farmer defended his IBF Super Featherweight title for the third time against Jono Carroll.
With only nine knockouts between these two fighters it came as no surprise that this contest came down to who was the better boxer.
For Carroll, he tried to apply smart pressure while trying to outwork the champion. Usually, his tactics give his opponents fits. However, going up against someone as slick as Farmer made it increasingly difficult to use his strategy effectively.
In the first round Farmer allowed his man to take the lead. Carroll was more than happy to accept as he pressed forward and uncorked a barrage of punches. Farmer laid on the ropes, while he made Carroll miss shot after shot.
In between making his opponent miss Farmer also landed plenty of shots in between. Carroll spent the majority of the contest missing with wild shots while also tasting the leather of Farmers all night long.
Carroll had plenty of pride, but just didn’t have the skill or power to trouble the champion. It seemed as though Farmer’s punches began to take a toll on Carroll as the contest continued.
Blood was streaming from the right eye and mouth of the Irishman. In Round 11, Farmer had his most impressive period. He had his opponent seriously hurt with a right hand that backed him up.
Luckily for Carroll he was saved by the bell. The final round saw Carroll empty out the gas tank as he gave it everything he had but it just wasn’t enough as Farmer cruised to a unanimous-decision victory. The scores for the contest read 117-110 and 117-111 (twice) in favor of Tevin Farmer.
After the bout, DAZN’s Chris Mannix spoke with Farmer who gave Carroll props for his toughness.
“He talked a lot and he showed up,” said Farmer. “I’ve got nothing but respect for him.”
Mannix couldn’t let Farmer go without bringing up Gervonta Farmer, the opponent most fans want to see Farmer take on.
“I feel like me and him, we built this fight up from 2014 to now so I feel we both should get fair money, life-changing money,” said Farmer. “To answer your question, yes I do want Gervonta Davis if the business is right.”
Only time will tell if the politics of boxing will allow for Davis and Farmer to tangle while the fight is hot and requested by the boxing public.