Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll Preview March 15th
IBF Super Featherweight Champion Tevin Farmer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania defends his title for the third time as he takes on Jono Carroll of Dublin, Ireland this Friday, March 15th. The 12 round bout can be seen live on DAZN in North America and on Sky Sports 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 Fonseca in December. Carroll last fought in December as well when he drew over eight rounds with Guillaume Frenois.
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Farmer vs Carroll Betting Odds
- Jono Carroll +654
- Tevin Farmer -879
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 240 rounds since then and enters the bout with a record of 28-4-1 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 20-fight winning streak. He hasn’t fought many contenders though with his best wins being over Tennyson, Dib, Ivan Redkach, Emanuel Gonzalez and Gamaliel Diaz.
With a current knockout ratio of just 18 per cent it appears Farmer doesn’t have much at all in the way of power, but Carroll 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.
Carroll is a 26-year-old southpaw and climbs through the ropes with a mark of 16-0-1 with only 3 Kos. He turned pro back in 2012 and has boxed 100 rounds since then. He won the Lightweight Title in the British Prizefighter tournament in 2014 by beating Michael Devine. His other wins have been against the likes of Declan Geraghty, Gary Buckland, Stephen Foster and Barrington Brown. Carroll beat John Quigley by a 12-round split decision in 2017 to win the vacant IBF European Super Featherweight Title.
He then beat Humberto de Santiago by third-round TKO to capture the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Crown and defended it against Geraghty by ninth-round stoppage. Like Farmer, Carroll is also a light puncher with an 18 per cent knockout ratio. Carroll’s height and reach are unlisted, so we can’t do an accurate size comparison between them. He’s never faced a contender and it’s leaving fans to question how he earned a shot at Farmer’s world title.
Carroll doesn’t really have a puncher’s chance here against Farmer so he’s going to have to outbox him and that’s highly unlikely as he”ll have a hard time dealing with the champion’s skills. Carroll is going to have to be at his very best to take the title, but I’m not expecting him to be able to pull it off as Farmer’s speed, skills and punch output should be too much for him. That being said, Farmer really needs to start fighting some legitimate contenders.
Farmer’s too slick.
Play: Farmer -879 @ BetOnline.ag
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