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Tevin Farmer delivers message to fellow titleholders: “Put up or shut up”

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IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer 28-4-1 (6) has warned the other titleholders at 130-pounds to “put up or shut up” ahead of his title defence against Jono Carroll 16-0-1 (3) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia this Friday night live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Farmer has long coveted a shot at WBA counterpart Gervonta Davis but has grown tired of discussing fights that are unlikely to happen in the immediate future.

“Everybody is talking about who the best is in the division – there’s only one way to tell,” said the 28-year-old southpaw champion. “I am ready to fight anyone. My promoters Eddie Hearn and Lou DiBella are ready to make a fight with anyone so whomever has a belt out there – it’s time to put up or shut up.

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“It’s my third defense in five months, I’m the most active male world champion in the world and I want it to continue like that. I like working with Eddie, Lou and DAZN and I hope that we can keep doing business for the rest of my career.

“I’m fighting more than anyone and I’m winning. I’ve probably defended my title more times since winning it than some champions that have had the belt for two years.”

Farmer’s clash with Carroll is part of a huge night of action in Philadelphia as Irish sensation Katie Taylor 12-0 (5) looks to unify the lightweight division once again, putting her IBF and WBA straps on the line against Brazil’s WBO champion Rose Volante 14-0 (8).

In other action Philadelphia middleweight warrior Gabriel Rosado 24-11-1 (14) faces Poland’s Maciej Sulecki 27-1 (11) for the WBO International title and a likely world title shot at WBO middleweight boss Demetrius Andrade.

Philly lightweight Hank Lundy 29-7-1 (14) and Avery Sparrow 9-1 (3) battle for local pride, Olympic gold medal pair Luke Campbell MBE 19-2 (15) and Daniyar Yeleussinov 5-0 (3) and silver medallist John Joe Nevin 11-0 (4) get their first taste of action of 2019, unbeaten super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard 19-0 (12) faces Victor Fonseca 17-9-1 (14), while exciting New Jersey amateur star Raymond Ford makes his pro debut.

 

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