Tevin Farmer passed his toughest test as a world champion so far.
In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA on DAZN show from Philadelphia, Farmer retained his IBF super featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory against Jono Carroll. Farmer won with scores of 117-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
Carroll got off to a solid start tirelessly working the body in the first round. Farmer would follow suit and work the body and soon enough, the battle became one fought inside the trenches with the two men exchanging short-range combinations.
Farmer had an easier time landing hooks upstairs as well as the jab as the fight wore on, connecting on a big left hook that landed on Carroll's nose in the fifth round. Prior to that, Farmer landed a hook to the chin in the fourth round that even sent some Vaseline flying off of the challenger's face.
Once the sixth round started, Carroll let his hands go, throwing several combinations and was outworking Farmer at various points. The two men would continue the action at close quarters as the fight got deeper. Farmer broke through and seriously hurt Carroll late in the 11th round with a right hook to the side of the head. In the end, Carroll would be the one throwing far more punches and even outlanded the champion, but it wasn't enough to get the win.
This was Farmer's fourth world title fight in the span of eight months. Farmer won the IBF title in August 2018 and then defended it with wins over James Tennyson, Francisco Fonseca and now against Carroll.