Dunshaughlin’s Carroll challenges for Farmer’s IBF super-featherweight world title in Philadelphia on Friday
Speaking last night at the public workout, Tevin Farmer was more keen to talk about the other champions than the man who could unbuckle the belt from around his waist this coming Friday.
The IBF super featherweight champion and the man who challenges him atop a Sky Sports and DAZN-broadcast bill in Philadelphia this weekend were in the same vicinity for just the second time in their lives on Tuesday.
However, home favourite Farmer [28(6)-4(2)-1] elected against discussing, ‘King Kong’ during a pre arranged public workout and instead had a message for the other champions at 130lbs.
‘The American Idol’, who defends his title for the third time inside five months this St Patrick’s Weekend, claims he is sick of WBA champion Gervonta Davis and called for his fellow champions ‘to put up or shut up’.
A 1/7 favourite, most, outside of Carroll’s circle and supporters, are picking Farmer to win and the Philly fighter is thinking unifications.
“Everybody is talking about who the best is in the division – there’s only one way to tell,” said Farmer, aiming a verbal broadside at Davis, Miguel Berchelt, and Masayuki Ito.
“I am ready to fight anyone. My promoters Eddie Hearn and Lou DiBella are ready to make a fight with anyone so whomever has a belt out there – it’s time to put up or shut up.”
While DiBella has urged caution, the unification talks persist and, just last weekend, Hearn would suggest a $5,000,000 to entice Davis.
An extremely active champion, Farmer is aiming to coast past Carroll [16(3)-0-1] and continue staying busy and moving towards ‘bigger’ fights.
The slick southpaw, who previously defeated James Tennyson and Francisco Fonseca, noted how “it’s my third defense in five months, I’m the most active male World champion in the world and I want it to continue like that.”
“I like working with Eddie, Lou and DAZN and I hope that we can keep doing business for the rest of my career.”
“I’m fighting more than anyone and I’m winning. I’ve probably defended my title more times since winning it than some champions that have had the belt for two years.”
Jono Carroll not only wants to become a world champion after beating Tevin Farmer – but also “Ireland’s next superstar”.
The heavily bearded southpaw told SunSport he aims to be a “household name” and “Ireland’s next superstar” – as he prepares to upset the odds Stateside.
Carroll said: “It’s no pressure on me, just another day in the office is how I look at it.
“Tevin Farmer is a big name, a home favourite, but that means nothing when you’re in there. In the squared circle it’s just me and him.
“I’m destined to be a star, I’m definitely going to be Ireland’s next superstar – and this fight is just going to cement that stone and make my name known to everybody.
“I said when I started boxing I wanted to be a three-weight world champion, or a four-weight if I can eat that much.
“That’s my goal, I just want to be a world champion and this fight is going to stamp that.”
Unbeaten in 16, Carroll experienced a bump in the road in his last fight, drawing against the unheralded Frenchman Guillaume Frenois in Sheffield four months ago.
However, the shock draw “came at the perfect time” according to Carroll, who vows not make the same pre-fight mistakes this time around after he “knuckled down”.
He said: “For me it gave me a bit of a shock, it made me knuckle down as I overlooked him a little bit.
“I didn’t get the correct sparring in for that fight, there were other little small things, my head wasn’t 100 per cent focused on the task we had in hand – but now it is.
“That draw happened at the perfect time for me, as I made sure something like that will never happen again. We’ve had the best of sparring and training this time.
“I know I’ve done everything in my power to be the best on the night, and I know when I get in there I’ll perform to my best and that’s all that matters to me
The surprise result was hardly the perfect preparation for Carroll, who takes on heavy American favorite Farmer at the Liacouras Center, in Pennsylvania.
But the Irishman believes Farmer, who lost his first pro fight and went on to be beaten three more times in his opening 12 contests, will be experienced with how a fighter can bounce back.
Carrol said: “He’s had losses himself in his career, and sometimes a loss can make you more determined to make you better.
“Or it can shatter your confidence and set you back.
“But he obviously upped his game after his losses, and he knows he’s in for a war, in for a fight, he knows it’s not going to be an easy day for him.
“He’s never been truly tested, and we’ll see what happens when he is – I have a lot of questions to ask him in the ring Friday night, let’s see if he can answer them.”