For The Record is a series that discusses a boxer’s five most recent opponents, and explores what progress those opponents have made since facing them.
This time we look at the recent record of Tevin Farmer, who successfully defended his IBF super-featherweight title against Jono Carroll earlier this month.
5. Kenichi Ogawa, 9th December 2017, NC 12
The first world title shot of Farmer’s career ended in controversy after some dubious judging gifted the Japanese man a shock victory. Even more controversially, Ogawa was suspended shortly after the win following a failed drugs test, throwing the win over Farmer, and his career, into doubt. The bout was eventually declared a No Contest, and Ogawa was banned for one year. He has only had one fight since returning from the suspension – a points win over 10 against the tough-but-unspectacular Roldan Aldea in February, taking his record to 23-1. He has only ever appeared at world level once – he has work to do if we are to see him at world level again.
4. Billy Dib, 3rd March 2018 – W UD 12
Farmer was immediately invited to fight for the title in his next fight, this time against the well travelled Billy Dib in the Australian’s own back yard. A scrappy affair was nevertheless lopsided in the favour of the American, who’s superior punch-picking and movement secured him a comfortable win in his first world title fight. Dib, 33, retired following the bout, and did so as a former world champion who had shared the ring with the likes of Evgeny Gradovich and Takashi Miura. A very respectable career for the Sydney native.
3. James Tennyson, 20th October 2018, W TKO 5
Farmer’s inaugural appearance as a Matchroom fighter was a well-received one against Northern Ireland’s James Tennyson, who was coming off a career best win against the more-than-capable Martin Joseph Ward 5 months earlier. Farmer, however, was a level above, and he proved it with a slick, punch-perfect performance that saw Tennyson dropped in the fourth and then stopped in the fifth. An excellent win for Farmer but a reality check for the Belfast man. He was back in action in February, stopping unbeaten Brit Garry Neale in the second of a scheduled ten, and is keeping busy over six rounds against a to-be-named opponent in May. He may not be a world beater, but we haven’t seen the last of him yet.
2. Francisco Fonseca, 15th December 2018, W UD 12
Fonseca had last contested a world title 18 months previously, when he was demolished in 8 rounds by Gervonta Davis in Las Vegas. As Davis had missed weight, the title was declared vacant and became the possession of Tevin Farmer, making the second defence of his title this evening. Fonseca lost, but he put in a respectable performance, and has enjoyed a pair of wins since, albeit against lower-level opposition. Stanley Mendez was blasted out in a single round in February, and Robin Zamora was stopped in eight a month later. At only 25 years old and with a record of 24-2-1, we will almost certainly see him on our screens again.
1. Jono Carroll, 15th March 2019, W UD 12
A real battle of attrition. Carroll, a come forward, no-nonsense fighter with a high work-rate, was hoping to draw Farmer into the kind of fight that suits him best: a shootout. Unfortunately for him, Farmer was happy to meet him in the centre of the ring and ultimately beat him at his own game after 12 rounds of back-and-forth action. Carroll is an exciting fighter to watch, and his fan friendly style will ensure he remains TV material. Whether he can develop the punch power to go with his confrontational approach remains to be seen (he has just 3 KOs from 16 wins). As things stand, he will likely find himself outgunned by the divisions elite (hard-hitters like Miguel Berchelt and Gervonta Davis will relish the chance to trade with him as Tevin Farmer did) but there are still meaningful domestic and continental fights for him in the future.