Jono Carroll hits back at “little clown” Tevin Farmer following “disappointed” jibe


Dublin super featherweight Jono Carroll [16(3)-0-1] has responded to IBF world champion Tevin Farmer after the American expressed his mock disappointment at the Irishman’s recent draw.

Carroll [16(3)-0-1] fought to a stalemate versus Frenchman Guillaume Frenois [46(12)-1(0)-1] in a final eliminator at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night but still looks likely to challenge for the world title in his next fight.

With the probable reward of a fight Farmer [27(6)-4(2)-1] on the line, and plenty of trash talk going both ways, ‘King Kong’ has admitted that he took recent European champion Frenois lightly.

However, Carroll has promised the same won’t happen against Farmer and lambasted the Philly champ for his message sent in the aftermath of the Frenois fight.

‘The American Dream’ had said “hey, Jono Carroll, you talked all that fucking trash and you got a draw.”

“You won’t be getting the paycheque you were looking for in March, we’re sorry, now you’re going to get what we give you, I’ll still fight you.”

“So you still have a fight there in March, I’m going to beat your ass.”

Carroll has now hit back at the champion, who defends his belt this Saturday in New York versus Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca.

The 26-year-old pointed out that “this little clown Tevin Farmer is talking bullshit.”

“You dont pay me bitch boy so stop acting the hard man,” he correctly noted, with the purse split for a mandatory defence being a set 75-25 in favour of the champ.

Promising better if and when he does take on Farmer, Carroll outlined how “styles make fights and I’ve learned a shit-load from my last one.”

“I took him lightly, I will not be doing that with you.”

“You just be ready mate ’cause I’m coming.”

The world title situation looked somewhat unclear following the exciting draw in Sheffield.

IBF #3 Frenois, on paper, was in pole position for a shot in March due to being the highest-ranked fighter with the organisation [slots #1 and #2 are vacant] and must be offered the fight first.

However, #4 Carroll and champion Farmer’s common promoter, Eddie Hearn, indicated that he wants ‘King Kong’ to challenge first for the belt, which most assume Farmer will retain at Madison Square Garden, and then have Frenois be guaranteed an immediate shot afterwards.

Mehdi Lafifi indicated that he would be willing to step aside, perhaps for a price, in the days that followed although admitted that the order of the title shots for the two southpaws remains to be determined.

Farmer, though, is especially keen to face Carroll following months of trash talk which continued tonight.

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Joe O'Neill

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