Tevin Farmer vs Guillaume Frenois Preview July 27th
IBF Super Featherweight Champion Tevin Farmer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania defends his title for the fourth time as he takes on fellow southpaw Guillaume Frenois of France this Saturday, July 27th. The 12 round bout from Arlington, Virginia can be seen live on DAZN in North America and on Sky Sports Action in the UK. Farmer won the vacant title last August via a unanimous decision over Billy Dib. He defended it against James Tennyson by fifth-round stoppage in October and then by unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca in December and by unanimous decision over Jono Carroll in March. Frenois also met Carroll in his last bout and fought to a 12-round draw with him in December.
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Farmer vs Frenois Betting Odds
- Guillaume Frenois +1007
- Tevin Farmer -1832
The 28-year-old Farmer originally fought for the vacant title in December of 2017, but suffered an upset when he dropped a split decision to Kenichi Ogawa. Many fans and experts thought Farmer had done enough to win and the bout was later changed to a no-contest when Ogawa failed a drug test. Farmer stands 5-feet-6-inches tall with a 67-inch reach. He had only 16 amateur fights and went 12-4 before turning pro in 2011, and he’s boxed 252 rounds since then and enters the bout with a record of 29-4-1 with just 6 Kos to his name.
Farmer lost his pro debut as he was stopped in four rounds by Oscar Santana. He then dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Josh Bowles eight months later and drew Frank De Alba in his next fight. Three fights later, Farmer lost an eight-round decision to Kamil Laszcyk and was then stopped by Jose Pedraza in eight rounds in 2012. He didn’t give up though despite losing four and drawing one of his first 12 fights and Farmer is now riding a 22-fight winning streak. He hasn’t fought many contenders though with his best wins being over Tennyson, Billy Dib, Ivan Redkach, Emanuel Gonzalez and Gamaliel Diaz.
With a current knockout ratio of just 17 per cent it appears Farmer doesn’t have much at all in the way of power, but Frenois can’t take him lightly because he possesses fine boxing skills and a lot of hand speed. He’s improved a lot over the years and his chin isn’t bad at all even though he’s been stopped twice. Farmer’s lost some points in his career though for bending the rules from time to time and isn’t averse to landing low blows. He’s now getting a chance at proving his talent, but needs to take on tougher opposition if he hopes to be recognized as a legitimate champion.
Frenois is a 35-year-old veteran who has fought in Europe throughout his career. He’s climbing through the ropes with an impressive mark of 46-1-1 with 12 kos to his name. Like Farmer, he doesn’t possess much in the way of power with a current knockout ratio of 25 per cent. He’s got a great chin though and has never been stopped with his lone defeat coming to Devis Boschiero via a 12-round unanimous decision in 2013. He’s gone 16 fights without a loss since then with 15 wins and a draw his last time out.
Frenois stands just over 5-feet-7-inches tall with an unlisted reach so has about a 1.5-inch height advantage over Farmer. The Frenchman made his pro debut in 2006 and has 346 rounds under his belt since then. Along the way he’s captured the European Featherweight and Super Featherweight Titles as well as the IBF International, WBC Mediterranean Super Featherweight Championship and the French Featherweight Crown. However, he’s never really fought a legitimate world class contender let alone a world or former world champion.
The list of Frenois opponents include the likes of Jesus Simon, Sofiane Takoucht, Gildas Gracia, Eusebio Osejo, Fabrizio Trotta, Anthony Arimany, Dame Seck, Samir Ziani and Ruddy Encarnacion. However, you may have heard of Vyacheslav Gusev and Michal Dufek. In fact, 19 of Frenois’ opponents have had losing records. He’s got good skills and a great chin though and shouldn’t be underestimated by Farmer.
Both boxers lack power so it would be hard to say Frenois has a puncher’s chance. This should be a boxing match which has a good chance of going the distance since the two of them have combined for 18 knockouts in 82 pro fights. Frenois will have to be at his very best to take the title but since he’s stepping up in class I’m not expecting that to happen. I think Farmer has too much in the way of skills and should retain his title. However, he also needs to face more recognizable opponents or forever be considered a Grade B champion.
Farmer’s a class above Frenois.
Play: Farmer -1832 @ BetOnline.ag
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