Tevin Farmer Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title, Eyes March 2019 Defense In Philadelphia

Tevin Farmer ended a busy second half of 2018 with another impressive victory.

In the co-main event of Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding, Farmer successfully defended his IBF super featherweight title against Francisco Fonseca by unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 117-111). Fightful had also scored the fight in favor of Farmer 117-111 on its live coverage page.

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Farmer outboxed a very tough Fonseca, who took Farmer’s power shots and also dished out some of his own punches to the champion. But more often than not, Fonseca would miss key punches as Farmer dodged and moved away from trouble throughout the first 10 rounds. Farmer possibly had his best round in the 10th when he landed a 1-2 combination and then a flurry of punches that momentarily hurt Fonseca.

Once the championship rounds had come and Farmer had built up a comfortable lead on the cards, Farmer moved around the ring to avoid getting hit and constantly clinch to halt any combinations being thrown by Fonseca. Farmer played defense throughout the entire 12th round in the hopes of not being surprised and get knocked out by Fonseca.

The stats for the fight were somewhat similar. Farmer landed 248 of 856 total punches (29 percent) while Fonseca connected on 199 of his 738 punches (27 percent). In the power punching department, Farmer outlanded Fonseca 218 to 192.

After the fight, Farmer stated that he plans to have his next title defense in March in his hometown of Philadelphia. Farmer doesn’t have an opponent lined up for him as a title eliminator between Jono Carroll and Guillaume Frenois on December 8 ended in a split draw.

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