Feature | Highlight 5 | Issue | Long read | Premium | Jan 25 2020

Even after early-career defeats, near-fatal accidents and gunshot wounds, Tevin Farmer never stopped believing

Ahead of his upcoming fight with Joseph Diaz, Tevin Farmer discusses the obstacles he has overcome to cement himself as a world champion
Tevin Farmer
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THE face on Tevin Farmer’s YouTube channel was familiar, yet unexpected. Less than a year after a contentious build-up followed by a 12-round championship fight, Dublin’s Jono Carroll was in training camp in Philadelphia with Farmer, helping the IBF super-featherweight champion prepare for his January 30 title defence against Joseph Diaz.

“After you’re done with what you’re supposed to do in the ring, there’s never supposed to be hate after,” said Farmer, explaining how these two rivals became friends. And it wasn’t all about the Philly cheesesteaks.

“He had to get a few more,” laughed Farmer before making it clear that Carroll isn’t working on a move to middleweight. “He’s working hard too.”