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Tevin Farmer earned his place in the sport of boxing

IBF super featherweight world champion Tevin Farmer is one of boxing’s most unlikely stories.

Farmer, a journeyman boxer, who seemed destined to be fodder for prospects has revived his career into that of a world title run and a rumored high-paying four-fight contract on DAZN that makes him one of the richer champion in boxing right now.

Farmer started off his career with seven wins, four losses and one draw, a far cry from a prospect. At the time in 2012, he had just been stopped by 2008 Olympian and two-time world champion Jose Pedraza, and seemed liked things were only going to get worse for the Philly fighter.

The narrative goes that Farmer began training full-time, putting more financial burdens upon himself and training with Raul “Chino” Rivas, who also trains former world champion Jason Sosa and former world champion contender Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz. Farmer went on a bit of run, one that is still ongoing.

Farmer would beat prospect-at-the-time Ivan Redkach at the Barclays Center which cemented him as a top ten fighter, and allowed for his promoter, Lou DiBella, to get him a title shot on HBO. Farmer would be outworked in his title shot and loss to Kenichi Ogawa, who would later test positive for a banned substance, ruling the bout a no-contest.

Farmer would travel to Australia to face Billy Dib for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship, and get paid little money and though defeating not really a world-class foe for his belt.

Farmer somehow found himself with DAZN now as a charismatic story, a man who got shot in the hand during his title reign and kept training. Farmer is adored for his youtube videos and his personality, but also for being vulnerable.

Though the skills may not all be there, the story is, and despite Farmer not being one of the better world champions at 130 lbs., he is potentially the pound-for-pound best story in the sport.


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Lukie Ketelle

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