Miller impresses stops Kassi and calls out heavyweight rivals
By Michael J Jones
LAST NIGHT in Rochester, NY, heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller came through his sternest test to date when stopping Cameroon-born Fred Kassi in just three rounds. The official result goes down as a third-round retirement victory for Miller who improves his record to 18-0-1 (16) in retaining his WBO NABO heavyweight belt.
Kassi had previously gone the full route with contenders such as Chris Arreola and Dominic Breazeale and made a bright start to last night’s contest. With Miller content to take a look in the opener, Kassi boxed well on the counter and caught the younger man’s attention with a few crisp head shots.
The second round saw Miller, nearly 60lbs heavier at 296½lbs, come alive with his own onslaught to have Kassi backing off and more hesitant. In the next, “Big Baby” continued his form and appeared to hurt the older man with some thumping right hands. Kassi was wobbled again towards the end of the round as his usually-stern chin deserted him.
It was still a mild surprise when he was pulled out between rounds citing a hand injury. It’s common knowledge to boxing insiders that sometimes a fighter wants to save face and say he was injured rather than get knocked out cleanly and have his reputation in tatters but it’s hard to say how genuine the injury was.
The way he caved once Miller opened up with the heavy artillery seemed as much to do with the victor’s size, youth and power than anything else.
Whatever the truth, Miller stays undefeated and after the fight called out virtually the entire heavyweight division in his usual colourful manner. While he mentioned the reigning champions in Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, the 28 year old seems a good few fights away from that level.
Miller also mentioned Arreola and Dominic Breazeale during his post-fight trash-talking and either opponent would be ideal as another step up the ladder on the way to a world title shot.
Before the fight, Miller weighed in at his heaviest ever but has been open about his weight issues and insists him being nearly 300lbs is a positive. The 6'4" puncher carries the weight fairly well but it’s questionable whether he can feature in a gruelling ten or twelve round bout carrying so much weight. Time will tell.
The big American can certainly talk and, last night, showed he can fight a bit too.
Kassi didn’t show an awful lot last night and dipped to 18-6-1 (10) in suffering only his second stoppage defeat in thirteen years of punching for pay.
Big Baby Miller scales 300lbs for Kassi acid test
By Michael J Jones
TONIGHT IN Rochester, New York, heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller puts his undefeated record on the line against the durable Fred Kassi. On the line is the WBO NABO heavyweight belt though, more importantly, it’s a chance to see where Miller may stand on the world stage.
The challenger is 36-years-old but brings a respectable 18-5-1 (10) record to the table and has the distinction of only suffering one inside-schedule defeat. Good fighters usually beat him, but most come away knowing they’ve been in a fight.
The Cameroon-born Kassi is entering tonight’s bout without a victory in his last four contests though all reverses were in good company. After suffering one of the knock-outs of the year to big-punching southpaw Amir Mansour two years ago, Kassi went on to hold Chris Arreola to a draw before getting edged by future Anthony Joshua victim Dominic Breazeale.
The six foot Kassi has only boxed once this year, losing to Hughie Fury by a technical decision in London four months ago. The visitor was out-boxed early but came back strongly in the middle rounds before the contest was called off to go to the cards following a cut suffered by Fury.
Many believe that Kassi was robbed in both the Arreola and Breazeale fights and could possibly have gone on to have stopped Fury had the fight continued. He’s not a slick boxer but hits solidly and brings some pressure to his opponents. He is also a man who nearly always comes in tip top shape too.
The defending champion Miller is a man on a mission though having already engaged in some humorous trash-talking about his heavyweight rivals. With the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua in his sights, it’s imperative Miller wins in style tonight.
Shockingly, Miller scaled his heaviest ever at the weigh-in yesterday at 296½lbs. The New Yorker commentated the weight-gain was actually intentional as he had felt sluggish in previous fights at his usual 280-285. Kassi scaled 237¼lbs and looked trim and muscular.
The heavyweight dubbed “Big Baby” has done little wrong so far in his 17-0-1 (15) career. He turned pro after a successful kick-boxing/MMA career in 2009 and has stepped up his activity level in the last 18 months, winning all five last year and winning two title bouts already this year.
After some questionable opposition early in his career, the 28 year old Miller has stepped up a little more his last two contests. In January he knocked out decent Donovan Dennis in seven rounds to lift the Interim WBO NABO title before claiming the vacant full title in May with a ruthless demolition of Nick Guivas.
At 6’4” and built like a tank, Miller is a big, strong heavyweight who moves pretty well and has genuine power in his right hand and left hook. The Brooklyn native is primed to make the leap from prospect to contender and in “Big Fred” he finds the ideal opponent to test himself against.
Miller’s draw by the way was to a short, stumpy Philly fighter named Joey Dawejko in his fifth fight. All judges scored a draw so the result looks fair, Dawejko went on to go the distance with Amir Mansour so is clearly no mug (despite being only 5’10” very short for a modern heavyweight).
Although his record doesn’t exactly read like a “who’s who” of name heavyweights, Miller has served as a sparring partner for both Klitschko brothers and is a former NY Golden Gloves finalist. He talks the talk but time will tell how he deals with the top men of the division. By the close of tonight we should know a little more.
The unlucky Kassi must be getting frustrated now with his career having come close several times to scoring eye-catching victories only to be denied. He’ll look upon Miller as unproven (at this level) and will try to start quickly and test the chin of the younger man. For Miller it’s important he stays patient early and keeps his jab busy to bank those early rounds.
An early blow-out of the more-experienced Kassi would be hugely impressive but highly unlikely. A distance fight appears almost certain, with Miller making a bright start before being made to work as the fight progresses. By the end of twelve rounds Miller should have done enough but it’s by far his toughest test to date and an upset for Kassi wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
The contest goes ahead at the Rhinos Stadium in Rochester and should be lively.
Photo credit Rosie Cohe/Showtime
Juan 'Baby bull' Diaz calls for Terry Flanagan fight
Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz has called for a showdown with WBO lightweight champion, Terry Flanagan. Houston born Diaz, 42-4 (21 KO’s), a former unified champion at 135lbs, has won seven fights in three years since reversing his decision to retire from the ring and is determined to add another world title to his collection.
Flanagan, 31-0 (12 KO’s), was set to satisfy the demands of the WBO and take on Felix Verdejo before the end of the year, but the injuries the Puerto Rican sustained in a recent motorcycle accident will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. Livefight understands that preliminary discussions have taken place for Diaz to step into the breach, with the possibility of the fight taking place in America.
“I plan on moving forward and capturing that fifth world title,” Diaz told Livefight. “The reason I’m calling Terry Flanagan isn’t because I have anything against him or have any special feelings about him - though it is special that he’s a champion, not just anybody can get in the ring and become a champion - it’s just that he happens to fall in line with my plans. I feel that I’m ready for a championship fight.
“Verdejo was the mandatory for the Flanagan fight but he’s injured. I feel that me being with Top Rank and being right behind Verdejo, I could just jump in and take his place.
Diaz, 32, fought himself into contention for the vacant WBO 135lb title back in 2015, but a torn rotator cuff curtailed his preparations for a fight with Japan’s Takahiro Ao. Ray Beltran replaced the Texan and demolished Ao, but his failure to make the weight meant that the title remained vacant. Finally, Flanagan beat Jose Zepeda and took ownership of the belt. Since then, the man from Ancoats has made three successful defences of the title whilst Diaz has been steadily rebuilding.
A fight between Flanagan and Diaz would allow ‘Turbo’ to make his mark with American boxing fans and also give Diaz the opportunity to remind boxing fans just why he was an unmissable action fighter during his heyday.
“I think Terry Flanagan is a great fighter,” Diaz continued. “I think our styles would make a great fight and I think that I’ve shown that I can produce exciting fights. It would be an honour to accept that fight and that challenge if it came about.
“I actually want to thank Terry Flanagan for even thinking about coming here to the USA. I’ve said it before, I’m not the champion. I’m not in the position to make any demands and I have to do what I have to do to make that fight happen.
“I think a fight between Terry Flanagan and myself would be a fight that not all the British fans and American fans would enjoy, but also one that fans all over the world would like. Hopefully, this fight comes off. I know he’s a great fighter and he doesn’t back down from anything. It’d be amazing to give boxing fans another memorable fight.”
The Long Goodbye-Roy Jones Jr faces Moore tonight in Pensacola
By Michael J Jones
DOES ANYONE recall the buzz we used to get when Roy Jones Jr was in his prime? The gifted one gave us many memorable nights of spell-binding boxing beauty. Everything he did oozed of class, he could perform an incredible ring manoeuvre in a blink of an eye and put together unbelievable combinations of dazzling punches like nobody else in the history of the sport.
Fast forward fifteen years from Jones Jr’s peak and we the boxing fans cringe when there’s any headline involving the Pensacola legend and his next fight. Now a veteran of 72 pro bouts, the sad career of a once-great boxer limps along tonight in the fight legend’s hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
The opponent for the former four-weight world champion is Houston’s Rodney Moore and the bout will be at the cruiserweight division over ten scheduled rounds.
On paper, Moore fits the bill as a relatively safe foe for the 47 year old RJ. Moore turned pro twenty years ago and has in the subsequent years evolved from decent contender to cagey journeyman. Moore, no spring chicken either at 40, has a reasonable record of 17-11-2 (7) but has left the ring a loser on his last nine ring appearances.
The Texan’s losing run actually spans back some thirteen years in all. In his last-but-one bout, he was halted for the first time when Russian banger Murat Gassiev floored him twice for a second-round stoppage victory. A series of heavy rights did the damage as Moore, looking slow and fleshy, offered little against the bombardment.
A subsequent points loss to one Mike Bissett in February gives further indication of Moore’s current capabilities. Bissett was just 9-8 entering the contest but emerged the victor after six rounds.
Roy Jones Jr’s recent form is also less than stellar however…
Last December he suffered a crushing defeat to Welsh puncher Enzo Maccarinelli who wiped out the pre-fight favourite in four rounds. The Moscow contest saw Jones Jr’s eight-bout winning streak (against nobody dangerous it should be noted) come crashing to an end. That Maccarinelli has since lost himself by a watch-through-your fingers type knockout, and retired, kind of reiterates where Jones is right now.
He’s 47, some thirteen years since his last spectacular performance (that incredibly dominate victory over John Ruiz to claim a portion of the heavyweight title), the reflexes are gone, the speed is gone, the quickness of foot is gone and pretty much so has the chin…yet that call to arms the older fighters talk of still remains in Roy.
In his only fight since the Maccarinelli defeat, Jones Jr offered a fan $100,000 to last the distance with him. Amateur MMA fighter Vyron Phillips duly stepped up and was knocked out in two rounds. It was an embarrassment of a fight which should never have been allowed to have taken place.
Rodney Moore should offer a little better than Vyron Phillips and sometimes a fighter can raise his game as the underdog but the problem for Moore is a) he’s old and faded too and b) he doesn’t appear to be a puncher with just seven inside-schedule wins in 30 bouts.
Expect the much slowed-down version of Roy Jones Jr to still prove too-talented and ease to a wide points victory in front of his adoring home crowd tonight….before, some months later, we shudder that yet another fight has been arranged featuring the once-time superman.
GGG vs Brook press conference [VIDEO]
iFLTV present the press conference held earlier today between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook, to promote their forthcoming showdown at the London 02 Arena on September 10th.
Frampton vs Cruz final quotes
BROOKLYN (July 28, 2016) - Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their featherweight world title clash that headlines a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGtripleheader this Saturday, July 30 live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Televised coverage begins on SHOWTIMEat 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features undefeated former world champion Mikey Garcia taking on former world champion Elio Rojas in the co-main event,plus once-beaten contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko in a junior middleweight title eliminator.
Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi meets fellow Brooklynite Gabriel Bracero in the SHOWTIME EXTREME main event. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT with a lightweight battle between Ivan Redkach and Tevin Farmer.
Tickets for the live event, which is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
The fighters spoke to media Thursday at the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:
LEO SANTA CRUZ
"I'm glad that my whole family is here and I'm thankful to my whole team that got me ready for this opportunity.
"I'm so happy to have my dad here. We thought about not taking this fight when he got the [cancer] diagnosis. He's always been there with me since the beginning of my career. Since I was very small. When the doctors told me that he would be in my corner, I was even more ready for this fight.
"I know that this is going to be an interesting fight. We're both undefeated and we're going to make it a war. Neither of us wants that first loss. We're going to leave it all in the ring. This won't be an easy fight. It's a 50-50 fight. The fighter who wants it the most will win the night.
"I want boxing fans from every background - Latino people from everywhere - Mexicans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans - to come out and support me and come watch a great fight on Saturday night."
"I've worked very hard in the gym and I feel strong at 126 pounds. This new weight suits me and you will see the result in the ring.
"Nothing can compare to this opportunity. People know me in Belfast, but Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion who gives me the opportunity to become more well known.
"This fight sells itself. I respect all my opponents until I'm disrespected myself. I respect Leo because of his actions and because of the great fighter that he is.
"I'm a different animal now at 126 pounds. I was only performing at 70 or 80 percent of what my capabilities were. I'm feeling strong and I'm a different fighter. This will be my best performance.
"I'm honored to be on a bill with so many great fighters. There are four fights that could probably top a bill in their own right. I'm honored to be here and I'm going to get the victory on Saturday night."
"It's been a while since I've done this but I'm very excited to be back. I want to thank everyone who helped put this fight together.
"Everybody has said it all. We're ready. We're prepared and we've had a great training camp. Rojas has the boxing skills to make this complicated.
"I have better skills than any fighter put in front of me. This will be the beginning of the next stage of my career. The most memorable part of my career."
"I'm very thankful for this opportunity. I'm really happy about being on this show. In this fight. I know I'm being brought in as an opponent, but I'm going to let the fans know that I'm not just an opponent.
"I know who Mikey Garcia is. I have all the abilities to win on July 30. I've always been a boxer who was never protected. I always prepare to win the fight and this will be no exception."
"I'm just excited to be back on a platform like this. I'm ready put in work. I know my opponent doesn't speak much English, but I bet he speaks hands.
"No disrespect to Ricky Hatton, because what he's done for his country and for Rabchenko is amazing, but I don't care about it at all. Seeing Ricky over there fuels me even more to get the win.
"I just had a son, he's three months old. He's my new motivation. We've pushed it to the max in training camp. I'm ready to swim with the sharks. I've transitioned from a sprinter to a marathon runner. I'm ready to go into the later rounds.
"I'm ready to put Detroit back on the map. One thing you know about Detroit, we're about that action. On Saturday, we're coming for it."
"This is a very nice country and a great city for boxing. It's my first time here and it's very exciting. I'm going to give the fans a really good fight.
"I know my opponent is a young, strong kid fighter and he will be ready. I want him to be ready so that we can give the fans a great show."
"I hear young guys like Tony Harrison and Tevin Farmer come up here and talk, it reminds me of my young days. The gym I train in down in Miami is full of young guys hungry to break through. That's the feeling we all used to have in the gym. It starts to rub off on you when you hang around motivated people.
"I need to have great motivation and that fire to return to the top level. I took a couple steps back after the Garcia fight and gradually stepped up. I think Gabe is another step up. He's a hungry and motivated guy.
"I know Gabriel Bracero, not only as a fighter, but I know his spirit. We came up together in the same generation of New York fighters.
"It's all love and respect. But this Brooklyn Belt, it looks pretty nice. This is staying here in Bensonhurst."
"I want to thank Tommy Gallagher, my trainer. He always stood by my side and always believed in me. No matter what the critics said. It's because of him that I'm standing here now.
"I've made mistakes in life. I was away from this sport for a while. Boxing was always my dream though. I stayed focused so that I can come out and do what I'm doing now. Not too many people can bounce back from a situation like that.
"Saturday is a big fight and I'm looking forward to it. I'm really thankful that Paulie gave me this opportunity. I always followed his career and his successes. It was a dream of mine to come out here and have the same success he had. I looked up to him.
"To be here right now and to be able to fight Paulie is incredible. He's giving me the opportunity to reach his level of success.
"I encourage everyone to come out Saturday night. I'm going to leave my heart in the ring. That Brooklyn Belt is beautiful and I can't wait to have it around my waist. This is business, not personal. You should get ready to see fireworks."
"I'm very thankful to be part of such a great event. I changed a lot about my training heading into this fight. I've trained with the great champion Leo Santa Cruz and it has me ready.
"I want to show everyone in the ring what I can do, not up on the stage with my words."
"I want to thank my training staff for preparing me for battle Saturday night. I'm thankful for this opportunity.
"This is another chance to show the world who I am. I have about three years with no losses. I started boxing as a hobby. But when I realized how much talent I had, I started training right.
"Since I started taking this sport seriously, I've been taking guys out easily. Ivan Redkach will get this work. It's going to be easy.
"I'm not about talk. A lot of people don't know who I am, but everyone will know on Saturday night."
"To be here with these great fighters is an amazing opportunity. I'm very honored. I'm ready to fight and successfully defend my title.
"I'm going to show all the critics and non-believers that female fighters have the talent and courage of the male fighters, and we're here to stay. Come out on Saturday night for a great show."
BARRY MCGUIGAN, Frampton's Manager, Former World Champion & Hall of Famer
"We're delighted to be here in Manhattan for this potential Fight of the Year. The whole team that made this fight happen has been fantastic.
"I just wanted to say that we're thrilled that Jose Santa Cruz is back on his feet, every one of our families is affected by cancer.
"This is a clash of styles that could make it a fight of the year. We have the utmost respect for Leo Santa Cruz, but we're here to win and we will win."
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
"I think that this is the best card that I've ever been able to promote. This is the deepest boxing card from top to bottom that I've seen.
"Barclays Center has become one of the homes for great boxing. It is the premier venue right now for boxing in this country. The Brooklyn Boxing program is something that Barclays Center is truly committed to.
"If you're from Brooklyn, then you want that Brooklyn Belt. It's about carrying the mantle of being that guy from Brooklyn. That's what both Paulie and Gabe are going to try to do.
"The main event is one of the elite fights that can be made in the sport. These are two amazing fighters. The winner won't just be a featherweight champion; the winner will have an argument for the pound-for-pound list."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports
"SHOWTIME has been bringing its viewers the best, most competitive fights of the year, and Saturday will be no exception.
"The 154-pound division is the deepest and hottest in the sport. Tony Harrison and Rabchenko are looking to make their mark and get up to the next level of the division.
"Having Mikey Garcia back is a treat. It's a big positive for the sports of boxing. Elio Rojas is not just an opponent though. He is tough, he is hungry and I expect this to be an amazing fight as well.
"The main event is again the best versus the best. Two of the most aggressive fighters in any division. There's nothing else to say about this fight other than that it will be all action. I think this fight could be better than Thurman vs. Porter.
"We're proudest of all to have the best versus the best. This is what boxing should be. You should be there if you can on Saturday night and if not, watch on SHOWTIME, you will not be disappointed."
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
"This is arguably the strongest card from top to bottom that we've had in Brooklyn since we've hosted fight cards. This will be a great follow-up to the incredible Thurman vs. Porter fight last fight. We expect another headlining fight that could be a leading contender for Fight of the Year. We are honored to welcome these two great competitors to Brooklyn. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the sport and we wish both of you the best on Saturday.
"Saturday's card certainly has a Brooklyn flavor to it. It begins with Bensonhurst's Paulie Malignaggi taking on Gabriel Bracero from Sunset Park with the Brooklyn's World Championship on the line.
"Amanda Serrano, another Brooklynite, will be the first women ever to defend her title at Barclays Center. We look forward to seeing you in the ring on Saturday night."
Tevin Farmer out to steal the show in Brooklyn
Tevin Farmer has long campaigned for a name opponent or a big showcase on which to display his talent. This Saturday he gets his opportunity. Farmer will take on Ivan Redkach on the undercard of the fantastic featherweight title fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton at The Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. And he can’t wait.
“Whoah, man. I’m ready. I’m ready, I’m counting the days,” an excited Farmer, 21-4-1 (5 KO’s), told Livefight. “This is a great opportunity. I’ve been working hard for the longest time and this fight right here is gonna put me on another level. Hopefully it’ll line me up for a world title.”
Farmer has never performed in an arena as big as the Barclays Centre and he has never featured on a card as high profile as this weekends. Having got to know Farmer over the past few months, it is apparent that the occasion holds no fear for the 25 year old. In fact, it is impossible to imagine a fighter more suited to the big stage.
“Absolutely! To me, even when I wasn’t taking the sport too serious, I was always going out there putting on shows. Now that I’m at a different level in my career, this feels normal for me. Even in the other sports I played - football and basketball - I always played on the big stage. This is a chance for me to go out on a big stage and showcase my talent. I can let the world know that I’m coming for the top spot.
“I’ve always been the top guy on my team, wherever I’ve played so I always performed. I’ve never played anywhere as big as the Barclays Centre but, like I said, I’m built for this. It doesn’t phase me. I’ll go out there in front of one million people and I’ll fight the same way as I would in front of one person.”
Farmer isn’t your usual 1-2-3 boxer. Mostly regularly compared to ‘Sweet Pea’ himself, Pernell Whittaker, Farmer’s style has evolved as his confidence has grown. Recent fights have seen him stay in the pocket for longer, utilising his excellent head movement and reflexes to draw leads and capitalise with hard counter punches.
“Fundamentals are the key. If you don’t have the fundamentals you don’t have nothing,” he says. “I’m gonna shock him. He thinks he’s gonna walk me down? Naw, he’s gonna feel my power. It’s gonna be nothing like the way he’s thinking. He’s not going to walk me down. I’m not having that. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m gonna put it on for the fans. I want them to see a great fight. I’m not here to run all night, I’ m coming to fight.”
Redkach may be Farmer’s ideal dance partner. The man who calls himself ‘The Mexican Ukrainian’ applies pressure from the opening bell and if you’re unable to keep him off or match him punch for punch, he will simply overrun you. Farmer is stepping up to lightweight from super featherweight but, given his aggressive style and willingness to open himself up, Redkach could also be exactly the type of opponent to make him look spectacular.
Should he find his groove, fans tuning in for the excellent Santa Cruz - Frampton match up may instead spend the following days talking about the Philadelphian. If there’s one thing that get’s Farmer into his groove outside the ring, it is talking about his style. Give him an opportunity and he’ll fire off the quotes as quickly as his punches.
“They think that because I’m moving up in weight it’ll make a big difference, but I’ve fought up to 135lbs before. I’ve fought at 140lbs once. It’s not a big deal to me. I’m a very strong guy, physically and mentally.
“I made a promise to stop at least three of my next five opponents. I knocked one out [Daulis Prescott in August 2015] and [Gamaliel] Diaz survived so Redkach has gotta go!
“He’s gonna come to fight. He’s not gonna back down. I’m gonna worry about me and show him how far I’ve come and that there are levels to boxing.
“My style is already fan friendly. I can just do me and the fans are gonna love it. I don’t try extra hard to do things. I just do it and people are like, ‘Dayum, you look good!’ and I’m like, ‘I look good?’ and they’re like’ ‘Yeah you look good!” and I’m like, ‘Oh snap, I just be me.”
“I just let everything flow. When you try too hard you over do things. I’m gonna give the fans something they haven’t seen before.”
Boxing can be the most unpredictable of all sports but last month, Farmer was given the chance to pour over a blueprint of his fight.
The talented, slick Jamel Herring stepped up in class and on to the national stage when he took on the hard charging Russian, Denis Shafikov. The former Marine fought with pride but Shafikov effortlessly dragged him into his fight and Herring struggled to compete on the inside. Herring has far too much ability to simply fade away but, having racked up 15 straight victories, he just couldn’t respond when the fight began to slip away from him.
Farmer has been battle hardened on foreign fields, accepting tough fights in unknown places like Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He lost four of his first twelve fights but - crucially - got used to fighting against the odds and learned how to react when Plan ‘A’ isn’t working. He rides a 14 fight win streak into his fight with Redkach and is planning on extending it in spectacular fashion.
“The difference between me and Jamel is that although he is a great fighter, everything is a learning experience. The difference is that I’ve already had my learning experiences. I got mine at the start of my career whereas he got his in the middle of his.
“I actually think I’m Redkach’s biggest test. Redkach isn’t my biggest test. I’ve been through the rough and rugged. This right here is a get back for me. This is a chance for people to watch and say, ‘Damn, this isn’t the same Tevin Farmer no more. How did he get so good?’
“This is my chance to show the world that what people saw of me before wasn’t even half. Now they’re gonna see the difference.
“Respect to all the fighters on the card but I’m coming to steal the show. I feel like this is my show and my time and I will shine that night. July 30th is my birthday too. Redkach is gonna have to take some birthday hits for me.”