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Tevin Farmer targeting Gervonta Davis – but can’t and won’t overlook James Tennyson

Tevin Farmer [26(5)-4(2)-1] has his eye on massive fights in America and is not planning on letting a big-punching banana skin from Belfast upset his plans.

The IBF super featherweight world champion will make the first defence of his red belt on October 20th in Boston versus James Tennyson [22(18)-2(2)].

Farmer will give up size, strength, power, and support versus the Irishman but he is more than confident he can overcome ‘Tenny’ at the TD Garden and move on to mega-money match-ups.

Floyd Mayweather protégé and WBA champion Gervonta Davis is the big target.

Farmer stated that “I don’t need to fight the other champions – I want to fight them, no talk, I want to handle my business and I want these guys to meet me, I want Gervonta.”

The Philadelphia 28-year-old, of course, can’t get ahead of himself and acknowledges that Tennyson presents a tough test.

‘The American Dream’ noted how “I’ve worked really hard to get to this point and now we’re going to get these big fights – but I have to take care of business with James Tennyson first.”

“I don’t know much about my opponent but what I do know is people don’t make it to this level for no reason. I know he’s definitely going to come to fight and he wants to beat Tevin Farmer. James is a proud, tenacious and worthy challenger for my belt.

“I know James is going to be hungry to take my title, but there’s no way I’m going to let it go – I want to prove that I am the king in this division.”

‘The Assassin’ is arguably the pound-for-pound hardest puncher in Irish boxing but Farmer warns that ‘The Assassin’ would need more weapons than just his fists to take the belt on the big DAZN-Sky Sports show which also features Wicklow’s Katie Taylor and Wexford’s Niall Kennedy.

“To beat me, honestly, you’re going to have to bring a knife and a gun because it ain’t going to be easy.”

“October 20th, we’re coming to bring the pain.”

“Make sure you bring your ‘A’ game, buddy!” he told Tennyson.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie