Tevin Farmer to Fight for World Title Shot, Called Out For Undercard of Mayweather-McGregor Superfight
North Philly junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer (25-4-1 with 5 knockouts) and Australian Billy “The Kid” Dib (42-4 24KO) have been ordered to meet in a title elimination bout to decide the next mandatory challenger for IBF world title holder Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0 17KO) of Baltimore. Both Farmer and Davis are both East Coast crowd pleasers with a lot of street cred and they have a history of bad blood. Farmer and Davis recently had a heated confrontation at the Lomachenko-Jason Sosa fight in Maryland that got caught on Youtube. Should they meet, you can expect fireworks.
Per Dan Rafael at espn.com:
The IBF sent letters to both camps (which have indicated in writing a willingness to participate) instructing them to begin negotiations. If they are not complete by June 26 a purse bid will be ordered. Neither boxer is allowed to take an interim bout prior to the eliminator, although Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) still has time to make an optional defense having taken care of his most recent mandatory against Liam Walsh, whom he knocked out in the third round on May 20. Australia’s Dib (42-4, 24 KOs), 31, a former featherweight titlist, has won three fights in a row since getting knocked out in the third round of a junior lightweight title bout by Takashi Miura in May 2015. Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KOs), 26, of Philadelphia, has won 18 fights in a row since 2012, when he suffered an eighth-round knockout loss to Jose Pedraza, who went on to win a world title.
Farmer posted on Instagram promoting the potential Dib fight, to which the 22-year-old Davis, a protégé of Floyd Mayweather, quickly responded:
“All I’m saying is you don’t have to go through all that. We can get cracking on Mayweather vs Mcgregor & the winner fight Billy…both of y’all are going to get knocked out anyway! AND IM BETTING 100K ON MYSELF! #THEONE #STRAPSEASON” – @gervontaa
In other North Philly boxing news, Poindexter Knight won the National Golden Gloves middleweight title by defeating Robert Terry of New Jersey by a 4-1 decision at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Knight has also announced he has signed a managerial contract with Split-T Management, a sure sign of him officially turning pro in the near future.
Knight, who lives in North Philly and graduated from Strawberry Mansion High School, trains with his father Poindexter Sr. at the Kingsessing Rec Center in Southwest Philly. The 21-year-old compiled an amateur record of 45-5 with 15 knockouts, and had twice previously won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves. At Split-T, he joins stablemates Antonio Vargas, Teofimo Lopez and Charles Conwell.
It was Poindexter Sr. who introduced his son to the sport.
“I was getting into a lot fights because I was short for my age and also my name. After getting expelled (from KIPP Charter,) my dad took me to the gym and I just fell in love with the sport,” said Knight Jr.
He compares his style to Terence Crawford and Roy Jones Jr.
“I am a strong southpaw with good size. Not only can I box like Terrence, I have lightning speed similar to Roy with power that can end a fight with one punch.”
“I want to be mentioned as one of the greats to come out of Philadelphia. The Bennie Briscoes, the Jeff Chandlers, the Meldrick Taylors and the list can go on and on. I want people to mention me in the same breath!”
Knight expects to step into the ring soon, “June 30th or July 7th for my debut, I’m not sure which date yet.”
We will keep you posted.