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John Joe Nevin is on a Tevin Farmer revenge mission

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John Joe Nevin [13(4)-0] wants to get Irish revenge for ‘Irish people everywhere’ by beating Tevin Farmer [30(6)-4(2)-1] in 2020. 

‘The American Idol’ has successfully defended his IBF super featherweight twice against Irish opposition. 

The Lou DiBella promoted Philly fighter beat now lightweight contender James Tennyson in October of 2018 before outpointing Jono Carroll in an entertaining clash just five months later.

When Olympic silver medalist, Nevin turned over most would have predicted he would have reached world level long before the Belfast and Dublin fighter, but one of Ireland’s greatest ever amateurs hasn’t quite had the career expected of him as of yet, due mainly to injuries and subsequent inactivity. 

However, the ‘Mullingar Shuffler’ has the chance to finally enter the big time reckoning when he trades leather for a WBA ranking title live on Channel 5 this coming Saturday.

The Westmeath man takes on Nicaragua’s ‘seriously nasty’ Freddy Fonseca, a proven world grade operator who has conceded just four times in 32 starts and sent 18 opponents down before the scorecards were required at the York Hall. 

The pair collide over 10 rounds for the WBA International super-featherweight Championship with the victor assured a world ranking.

That world ranking would move Nevin a step closer to being eligible to challenge a world champion with and he wants the IBF holder. A fight with DAZN’s Farmer is a world title fight that appeals for so many reasons for the undefeated skills advocate.    

“Tevin Farmer would be my preferred choice. He’s from Philly where I was based for the start of my pro career [under promoter Tom Moran’s GreenBlood organisation]. When we were on the same bill, I sold a lot more tickets than Farmer ever did. They weren’t boxing fans who attended, they were John Joe Nevin fans,” Nevin said this week before mentioning revenge.    

“Farmer beat two Irish guys already, Jono Carroll and James Tennyson, so I’d like to avenge that for Irishmen everywhere. I’d willingly fight Tevin in his home town but before MY fans. He’s pretty slick too but he’s not got what I’ve got.”

Headline attraction on the card features Alex Dilmaghani versus Francisco Fonseca for the Vacant IBO Super-Featherweight Championship.  Chief support sees an exciting clash between Irish star John Joe Nevin v Freddy Fonseca for the WBA International Super-Featherweight Championship.  A packed and top quality undercard also features: Fast rising Sevenoaks middleweight talent Michael Hennessy Jnr; Stockwell welterweight Samuel Antwi; Welsh super-featherweight Rhys Edwards; Chelsea Lightweight Connor Marsden; two London based Romanians: super-welterweight Flavius Biea and heavyweight Lucian Atani; Basildon super-lightweight Lewis Smith; Islington middleweight.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com