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FARMER KEEPS TITLE WITH DECISION

Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Sumio Yamada

 
         
   

Tevin Farmer retained his IBF junior lightweight championship for the second time, Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with a wide-margin, 12-round unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca of San Ramon, Costa Rica. The fight was the main supporting bout to a super middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding, which Canelo won by third round TKO. Both bouts, along with the remainder of the entire card was streamed live by DAZN.

The speedy and active Farmer was dominant in his win, but also found himself on the receiving end of Fonseca's punches on numerous occasions throughout the fight. However, Farmer was in control during the entire fight and there was absolutely no question about the outcome, once the final bell had rung.

Farmer won on all three official judges scorecards by a nine rounds to three margin. Julie Lederman, Wasleska Roldan, and Don Trella, all saw the fight 117-111, giving Farmer the unanimous decision and the second successful defense of the title that he won in August.

Nowadays, I really have a lot of anger built up, good anger though, and I just want to hurt everybody when Im in the ring," Farmer said after the fight. "I dont have no sympathy.

The victory improved Tevin's his record to 28-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC, and extended his unbeaten streak to 22 straight bouts. Fonseca lost for the second time, and slipped to 22-2-1, 16 KOs.

It was a good performance," Farmer said. "He was really really tough. After a few rounds, we saw that, and we started working on things. Its all a road to improve. I say it was a C+, B- performance.

The most exciting news that came in the wake of Farmer's win was that his next title defense will take place in March, at Philadelphia's Liacouras Center.

Ive been on the road this whole year," Farmer said. "I wanted to just let everybody know that Ill be home in Philadelphia in March, Im bringing everything back home baby.

Of course, the anticipated showdown, a dream fight really, between Farmer and Gervonta Davis came up after the fight as well.

Weve moved past him," Farmer said. "Does he want to fight me? Like I said, we active, we getting paid. Its time for him to fight and stay active and then he can come see me.

Farmer is Philadelphia's only current world boxing champion. His victory on Saturday night capped a brilliant 2018, and makes him the clear front runner to be named the "Philly Fighter of the Year" at the next Briscoe Awards. Voting for the Briscoe Awards begins in January.

   
 

 

 
 


John DiSanto - New York (via DAZN) - December 15, 2018
 

 
     
 

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