Tevin Farmer will defend the IBF featherweight championship against Ireland’s Jono Carroll on March 15, 2019 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Farmer won the vacant title when he outpointed Billy Dib in Australia in August 2018. That bout came immediately after Farmer’s split decision loss to Kenichi Ogawa was overturned as a no-contest following a failed drug test by Ogawa. Farmer has since successfully defended the belt two times, knocking out James Tennyson last October and then outpointing Francisco Fonseca in December 2018.
The 28-year old Farmer is a right-hander who fights out of the southpaw stance. He is 5-6 tall and has a reach of 67 inches. The champion enters this title defense with a record of 28-4-1-1 with six knockouts. Farmer won only half of his first 8 bouts but has gone undefeated in 22 bouts over the last six years.
Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll Odds
Odds from Bovada as of 3/05/19
Dublin’s Carroll will be making his first world title fight appearance against Farmer and he will be doing so in the champion’s backyard. Nicknamed “King Kong” Carroll was an unknown when he won the Prizefighter lightweight tournament that helped earned him a contract with Eddie Hearn’s matchroom. He fought Gillaume Frenois in a title eliminator last December but ended up with a draw. Despite that, he still gets his first taste of world championship boxing against Farmer.
Carroll is 26 years of age and fights out of the orthodox stance. His height and reach aren’t listed but his professional record stands at 16-0-1 with 3 knockouts. Carroll won the IBF European and intercontinental super featherweight titles in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The Dubliner will be fighting on U.S. soil for the first time in his career.
We’re going to see a clash of similar styles in this fight and this will be a case of who is better at his game and I think that fighter is Farmer who has more experience and has fought the better opposition. While Farmer has been fighting at world level, Carroll is still at European level or even lower. I’m not sure how he earned his title shot. He is coming off a controversial draw, at the European level and isn’t unbeaten either.
As for the fight itself, I think Farmer will be one step ahead of Carroll at every level. Farmer has slick boxing skills and I think he has the ability to outbox Carroll in every round of this fight and win by shutout. As for a stoppage, I think if Farmer dedicates to working the body, he’s going to score a late knockout here. But a stoppage may not be on his mind. Farmer isn’t a knockout artist but he wins using old school offense and defense. I like how Carroll is trying to unsettle Farmer with his taunting and trash talk during the lead up to the fight but I don’t think that it’s going to have much effect of the champion. Experience, defense and ring savvy are going to be the key here for the champion. I’m picking Tevin Farmer to beat Jono Carroll via decision.
Gabriel Rosado vs Maciej Selucki
In the co-main event, Tough guy Gabriel Rosado will take on Poland’s Maciej Selucki in a 10-round bout. Rosado is a two time world title challenger and lost to Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin on both occasions. The 33 year old Rosado stands at 5-11 ½ with a reach of 71 ½ inches and has a record of 24-11-1-1 with 14 knockouts.
Gabriel Rosado vs Maciej Selucki Odds
Odds from Bovada as of 3/05/19
Maciej Selucki is the WBC’s 7th ranked light middleweight. The 29 year old from Warsaw, Poland has a record of 27-1 with 11 knockouts. Selucki stands 6-0 with a reach of 68 inches while fighting out of the orthodox stance. He won his first 26 bouts before coming across former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in April 2018. The American beat Selucki on points.
Although he lost against Danny Jacobs and it wasn’t even close, Sulecki was able to make the fight interesting and competitive in spurts. Rosado meanwhile figured in a split draw against Luis Arias in his last bout. If Rosado can replicate his valiant effort against Arias, this is going to be an interesting bout. Sulecki has a good chin, excellent fundamentals and good output. He doesn’t have power in his punches but he throws more than enough punches to win bouts. I think Sulecki is going to outwork Rosado here and that is going to be the key to victory. I’m picking Maciej Sulecki to beat Gabriel Rosado on points.
Quick Picks and Predictions
Here are quick picks for the other bouts in the undercard of Farmer vs Carroll:
Hank Lundy (-115) vs Avery Sparrow (-115) – Prediction: Hank Lundy by decision
Katie Taylor (-5000) vs Rose Volante (+1400) – Prediction: Katie Taylor by decision
Daniyar Yeleussinov (-3000) vs Silverio Ortiz (+1100) – Prediction: Daniyar Yeleussinov by stoppage
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