Jono Carroll calls out World Champion

The super featherweight division is a class currently in flux and Jono Carroll [16(3)-0] is ready to take his chance.

The Dublin 130lber will soon be the third-highest ranked fighter with the International Boxing Federation [IBF] and Carroll wants a shot at the organisation’s new champion.

28-year-old American Tevin Farmer [26(5)-4(2)-1] picked up the red belt on Friday and Carroll hasn’t wasted much time in calling out his fellow southpaw.

In a post on Instagram this afternoon, ‘King Kong’ outlined how Farmer “is going to get broke up.”

Including a trademark fanatical photo of himself at a weigh-in, Carroll promised that “this is the face I’m going to make after I stop him, mark my words.”

Philadelphia’s Farmer [26(5)-4(2)-1] won the title on Friday morning in Sydney, dropping and scoring a wide decision win over Aussie veteran Billy Dib.

While it is unclear if it was in relation to Carroll’s post, Farmer recently posted to Twitter stating “be careful what you ask for.”

Carroll currently holds the IBF’s Inter-Continental rankings title which he won last November versus Humberto De Santiago and defended in a rematch with Deco Geraghty in June. This has seen him climb the rankings and the 26-year-old now only sits behind former European champions Guillaume Frenois and Devis Boschiero.

There is no mandatory designated by the IBF while Boschiero is set to defend his EU title in the coming months. A final eliminator for Carroll versus Frenois is possible.

However, with Farmer-Dib being a vacant title fight, the IBF may be keen for a mandatory contest. A de-facto mandatory slot would go to Frenois but, as always with boxing, there is plenty of wiggleroom here that could see this pass to Carroll should the Frenchman be persuaded to pass up on his slot.

While much of the talk surrounding Farmer recently has been regarding a unification with WBA titlist Gervonta Davis, this clash seems somewhat unlikely for his next fight.

The Marbella-based Carroll has looked mightily impressive in recent bouts, exhibiting a relentless engine and an increase in power.

Regardless of whether it is next or not, the supremely-bearded boxer is certainly on the rise, with his performance versus Geraghty impressing U.S. promotional giant Top Rank.

Along with Farmer and Davis, the super featherweight division’s other champions are Masayuki Ito with the WBO and Miguel Berchelt with the WBC – while Alberto Machado also has a valid claim to being considered a champion with the WBA.


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Joe O'Neill

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