Tevin Farmer has quite a unique story. The likable fighter was on his way to becoming a journeyman boxer until a lightbulb moment back in 2012.
Farmer was 22 years old and had just lost his fourth professional bout in just twelve outings.
From that point on, something changed in him, and Farmer decided he wasn’t going to lose again.
A stunning run of 19 straight victories culminated in Farmer becoming a world champion earlier this year, and now a first defense is lined up against James Tennyson on October 20.
The 28 year-old Philadelphian will be part of a huge Matchroom Boxing USA card to be broadcast on DAZN after being headhunted by promoter Eddie Hearn.
A win over Billy Dib in Australia opened the door, and Farmer fully intends to take advantage of the opportunities heading his way since then.
“Winning that belt after everything I’ve been through brought me indescribable joy,” said Farmer.
“I’ve always felt that I was a true champion. I just had to go over to Australia, capture the title and prove it. And I did just that. I came home a champion and celebrated, but I got right back in the gym.
“I want to be an active champion and defend my title. But, ultimately, my goal is to get all the belts, and I’ll do whatever it takes. I’m open to fighting anybody to unify. I’m looking forward to showing the world who Tevin Farmer is and what I can do.”
Co-promoter Lou DiBella had nothing but good things to say on Farmer’s achievements in the paid ranks.
“Through all of Tevin’s hard work, heart and determination, he overcame the odds, achieved his dream, and now he can enjoy the fruits of his labor.
“This is a great deal that will help progress Tevin’s career as he begins his championship reign. Starting with his first title defense in October, Tevin will stay active as we work toward getting him the biggest and most meaningful fights available.”
“Tevin Farmer has a great story but more importantly to me, the man can really fight,” added Hearn.
“He showed great heart to bounce back from that shocking decision in Las Vegas and go to Australia to win the title – and now the world is his oyster.
“We have a great fight lined up for him in October (against James Tennyson), but the ultimate focus is Gervonta and other unifications.
“We are going to keep him nice and busy, and we look forward to working with Tevin and Lou on this exciting journey.”
A clash with Gervonta Davis would be massive should Farmer see off Tennyson in what will be the co-feature to Demetrius Andrade’s world title challenge at TD Garden.