At 25-4-1, 5KOs and 18 straight victories, Tevin Farmer is arguably the best boxer hailing from the City of Brotherly Love. Lauded by future super middleweight hall of famer, Andre ‘SOG’ Ward, as a fighter to “watch out for” and one that “can do it all”, Farmer is creeping slowly but surely into the national spotlight.
In April of this year, Tevin Farmer ran into his long-time nemesis featherweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (19-0-0, 18 KOs) at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. After keeping their feud mostly on social media, the two had the opportunity to trade taunts and insults face-to-face, with Tevin Farmer asserting that once he gets his hands on the WBC title (he’s currently rated No. 3 by the organization) that he and Davis unify titles immediately — if Davis isn’t willing to fight him before then, and Davis exclaiming that Farmer already has four losses and first needs to win a belt before he would even consider fighting him.
So what makes Tevin Farmer so talented?
Well for one, his defensive prowess is reminiscent of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (ret.) in his prime. Farmer has an uncanny ability to box effectively on the inside while slipping opponents’ three, four and five punch combinations. Additionally, his cat like reflexes and footwork are simply marvelous. Farmer keeps great spacing vis-a-vis his opponent, while also managing to position himself in the ring so that he can pivot off of his opponents attack and/or pivot off of his own punch combinations to create angles that allow him to throw successive combinations.
Combine his defense with blistering hand speed and enough punching power to pose as a potential knockout threat, Tevin farmer has all of the tools necessary to be a big time star. This is what makes a fight against undefeated, Baltimore born, former IBF Super Featherweight Champion (Davis was stripped of the IBF title on the scale, after failing to make weight for his fight against Francisco Fonseca in August 2017) Gervonta Davis, so appealing. Two flashy and skilled fighters with a bit of bad blood between them.
Before that can fight happen, ‘The American Idol’ steps into the ring against Japanese fighter Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0, 17 KOs), to fight for the vacant IBF World Super Featherweight title on December 9, 2017.
Farmer, a southpaw, will face Ogawa in Ogawa’s first fight on American soil. Ogawa is a dangerous fighter giving many boxing fans a bit of curiosity as to how Farmer will return to the ring, especially after being shot in the hand on July 29, 2017, during an altercation in his hometown. By the looks of Farmer’s recent training videos on Instagram, his hand appears to be 100% healed and ready for action.
Tune into HBO on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to see Philadelphia’s Tevin ‘The American Idol’ Farmer take on Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa.