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IBF World Super-Featherweight champion Tevin Farmer has told the other champions at 126lbs to ‘put up or shut up’ ahead of his title defense against Jono Carroll on Friday night (March 15) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Farmer defends his crown for the third time inside five months as he fights at home in Philly for the first time as a World champion, and as fight week kicked off with the media work out today, the champion had to field more questions over a future unification bout with Gervonta Davis.

This will be the first title fight in Philadelphia for sixteen years and Farmer will not want to let down his home fans down in his homecoming. Farmer showed he is a highly confident guy even though he has losses on his record and if he feels like you can’t hurt him with your punches he will come looking for the knockout and that is going to be the main concern for the Carroll camp.

Farmer is a slick mover and he has the speed to get in and out when he wants to which means Carroll could get frustrated early on as he normally comes flying out of the corner from the first bell,
normally Carroll swamps his opponent and is relentless with his workrate but he can sometimes run out of steam due to his pressure style and he isn’t known as a knockout artist but his heart is big and he is one of the best fighters currently fighting from the Rep of Ireland but Farmer has proven himself a valid champion and it will take a massive effort to win in Philly.

I am not sure if he will be able to keep the high intensity up against Farmer for twelve rounds so we might see a more controlled Carroll who might box and then decide to explode in bursts but if he gets a whiff that Farmer is hurt he will be all over him like a rash. A lot of the American fans and pundits seem to think this fight has already been won by Farmer as they are always talking up a fight with Gervonta Davis but I hope Carroll can shock them all and bring the title back to his homeland in the Rep of Ireland.

With all the needle that has been happening in the buildup to the fight I am expecting a quality fight and I can’t wait to watch it.

Huge fight for Irish sensation Katie Taylor (12-0 5 KOs) as she looks to unify the Lightweight division once again, putting her IBF and WBA straps on the line against Brazil’s tough unbeaten WBO champion Rose Volante (14-0 8 KOs). If Taylor comes through this we could see fights in the future with Amanda Serrano later in the year or a clash with long-time undisputed Welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus – with Taylor plotting a sensational 2019.

Philadelphia Middleweight warrior Gabriel Rosado (24-11-1 14 KOs) faces Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (27-1 11 KOs) for the WBO International title and a likely World title shot at Demetrius Andrade, Philly Lightweight’s Hank Lundy (29-7-1 14 KOs) and Avery Sparrow (9-1 3 KOs) battle for local pride, Olympic gold medal pair Luke Campbell MBE (19-2 15 KOs) and Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0 3 KOs) and silver medalist John Joe Nevin (11-0 4 KOs) taste their first action of 2019, unbeaten Super-Middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (19-0 12 KOs) faces Victor Fonseca (17-9-1 14 KOs) while exciting New Jersey amateur star Raymond Ford makes his pro debut.

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