PHILADELPHIA’S TEVIN FARMER DEFENDS HIS BELT AGAINST JONO CARROLL
Championship boxing returned to Philadelphia on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center as IBF Super Featherweight Titlist Tevin Farmer successfully defended his belt going toe-to-toe with Jono Carroll, and Katie Taylor became the unified WBO, WBA, IBF Female Lightweight Champion after a late stoppage against Rose Volante. In a thrilling middleweight bout with both men hitting the canvas twice, Maciej Sulecki came out victorious after beating Gabriel Rosado by unanimous decision.
On his performance: “It was a good performance, even when I am at my best, I will think I need to improve. He talked a lot but he showed up. That was a great fight.”
On fighting his fight at times: “ You see, I boxed when I wanted to but I went inside when I wanted to. I wanted to go inside and see what he was hitting for, we had a lot of words. But he has a lot of heart and he showed it.”
On fighting Gervonta Davis: “Honestly, I don’t care. I handled business tonight. We go back behind the scenes and we will talk. This fight has been building since 2014. He and I have built this fight up. We both deserve this money. So, yes, I do want to fight Gervonta Davis, but we need to make sure the money is right.”
On her performance: “I thought it as a great performance. Volante is a tough opponent and she got the best out of me. We saw a great showcase for women’s boxing tonight.”
On going for the knockout: “That’s a problem. I need to stay composed but my coach is a genius. He kept me composed and we got it.”
On challenging for the fourth and final title of the division: “Let’s start talking about that fight. We have to get that next. She (Delfine Persoon) has the WBC and I want it. I would take Amanda Serrano or Cecilia Braekhus but I really want that last belt.”
On what happened in 9th round: “I don’t know why, it was stupid, my coach told me that this all very stupid. When I started to fall short, I started to box.”
On overall performance: “I’m not happy, this wasn’t a good fight. I lost concentration, but I’m very happy.”
On fighting Andrade next: “Yeah I want Demetrius Andrade next. I want to fight him and become world champion. I’m ready.”
On how he was able to change the fight: “I thought by the middle rounds I turned it around. In the middle rounds I fought well, applied pressure. I had a 10-8 round, closed it by the time I got to the ninth, and closed hard in the tenth. I don’t know man, what can I do.”
On Sulecki figuring him out earlier than expected: “I mean not really, he’s a seasoned fighter, but I was landing my right hand, I was throwing jabs, throwing shots to the body. I was throwing subtle veteran moves. I mean I thought I won, you can hear the crowd.”
12-Round IBF World Super Featherweight Title Bout @ 130 lbs.
Tevin Farmer vs. Jono Carroll
Tevin Farmer (29-4-1, 6 KOs) defeats Jono Carroll (16-1-1, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision
(117-110, 117-111, 117-111)
10-Round Unification Female Lightweight Title Bout @ 135 lbs.
Katie Taylor vs. Rose Volante
Katie Taylor (13-0, 6 KOs) defeats Rose Volante (14-1, 8 KOs) by TKO at 1:40 of Round 9
10-Round Middleweight Bout @ 160 lbs.
Gabriel Rosado vs. Maciej Sulecki
Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs) defeats Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision
(95-91, 95-91, 95-93)
Boxing on DAZN returns on Saturday, March 30 with rising star Ryan Garcia taking on Jose Lopez in Indio, California.
Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA