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.
Farmer (28-4-1 6KOs) makes the third defense of his crown in his first fight on home turf as a World champion. This follows 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 October.
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. Also 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. His shot at the title comes 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. They will finally come face-to-face for the first time at a press conference to launch the fight in Philly next Tuesday. Both fighters believe the fight will be as fiery as the build-up.
“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,” said Farmer.
“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.
“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. 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.”
Irish sensation Katie Taylor can take a giant step towards her goal of becoming the undisputed World Lightweight champion. She aims to unify her WBA and IBF titles against WBO ruler Rose Volante.
Taylor (12-0 5 KOs) added the IBF strap to her WBA title in April against Victoria Bustos in Brooklyn, New York. She 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. Ending a stunning 2018 by beating Eva Wahlstrom in New York in December.
Volante (14-0 8KOs) has defended her WBO crown twice since winning the vacant title in December 2017. The Argentine won both her defenses in Brazil 2018 by the halfway point. Lourdes Borbua retired 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. The winner will target Belgian WBC ruler Delfine Persoon for all the belts later in 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. Plus an all-Philadelphia Lightweight clash between Hank Lundy and Avery Sparrow.
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 drew 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. The goal is to win a World title. It’s only right that it starts here in Philly.”
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. 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. It’s 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 John Joe Nevin (11-0 4KOs). He joins fellow Irish fighters on the St. Patrick’s weekend bill.
Nevin won a silver medal at London 2012.
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