Farmer Stops Tennyson: Wants Davis Next
By Gary Kittilsen
Tevin Farmer’s professional boxing career got off to very slow start, winning just four of his first eight fights compiling a 4-3-1 record. However, Farmer has come a long way since the mediocre start. Winning 19 consecutive fights, excluding one No Contest, since being stopped by Jose Pedraza in 2012. He went on to capture a world title back in August and has now made the first successful defence of his IBF super featherweight title. Farmer dominated James Tennyson of Northern Ireland who was coming off what was perhaps the best win of his career in scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Martin Joseph Ward on the undercard of the Tony Bellew-David Haye rematch back in May and was expected to be a tough test for Farmer’s first defense.
Farmer a southpaw from Philadelphia showed off the major hand speed advantage he had over Tennyson at the TD Garden in Boston, on the Demetrius Andrade-Walter Kautondokwa undercard Saturday night. The champ was able to land perfectly-placed sizzling left-hand’s early and often on his opponent while dodging the wider and slow hooks of Tennyson. The onslaught continued into the fourth round as Farmer landed a thudding left hand to the ribs of Tennyson, sending him to the canvas. Able to beat the count and make it out of the round things went from bad to worse for the challenger in the fifth. Farmer was able to buckle his opponent with another left hand to the ribs and then immediately unleashed another massive left hand to the body that dropped Tennyson yet again causing referee Arthur Mercante to waive the bout off at 1 minute, 44 seconds of the fifth round.
Farmer, who ran his record to 27-4-1 (6) said
“I’m the best fighter in the world. I haven’t proved it yet but watch. I can’t even explain it. It’s unexplainable. I’m not even supposed to be here”
Farmer, the IBF champ, then took the opportunity to call out the undefeated WBA champ Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Davis, who is currently having promotional issues, is considered to be the best super featherweight in the world by many and hasn’t fought since April. Farmer, who won his title just over two months ago in Australia when he outclassed veteran Billy Dib, has yet another defence scheduled for December 15th at Madison Square Garden in the Canelo-Fielding undercard. It’s another quick turn around for Farmer who certainly seems to want the unification fight with Davis.