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Jono Carroll pursuing his destiny against Tevin Farmer in IBF 130-pound title fight

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Super featherweight contender Jono Carroll 16-0-1 (3) insists it’s his destiny to wrest the IBF 130-pound title from Tevin Farmer 28-4-1 (6) when the pair meet at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday night.

The fight will mark the 26-year-old Irish southpaw’s USA debut.

“I said I was going to do this a long time ago. I said I always wanted an American champion because you haven’t truly made it unless you’ve made it in America.” Carroll told Sky Sports.

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“I knew this was going to happen, I was hoping this was going to be an American, so I’m delighted it’s all just panned out exactly like I said it would pan out. The occasion is something that I was basically preparing for since I was 16.”

Southpaw Farmer, 28, will be making the third defence of the title he won against Australia’s Billy Dib last August.

“He’s the defending world champion, he’s already won a few others afterwards so it’s a true world champion. It’s amazing, it’s a great opportunity, something that I will grab with both hands and I’m looking forward to taking that belt and making it my own,” said Carroll.

“In the gym it says ‘quitters never win and winners never quit’ and I’m always skipping, just reading that and reading that. And I’ve seen Tevin Farmer quit before in a fight with [Jose] Pedraza.

“I’ve seen Tevin Farmer quit before, so for me, I know there’s quitting in him. It doesn’t matter whether your skills have developed and what not, that just makes you better at getting away.

“But when times get tough, I just believe I’m head and shoulders above anyone mentally. Physically, he has good skills, he has good movement, but when it gets tough in there, let’s see how he is mentally. I know I’m much better than him mentally for sure, 110 per cent.

“I’m a massive believer in the law of attraction and I’ve put it out there and spoke it since I was a kid and here I am now today. Everything I said I was going to do, I’ve accomplished and I’ve accomplished in a time frame that I said I was going to do.

“This is my destiny.”

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