Tevin Farmer Riding High on Life
For IBF world super featherweight Tevin “American Idol” Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KO’s), life is sweet as cherry pie. Outside of the ring, Farmer has invested in several beneficial investments, the YouTube show that he created with his lady, Life as Tevin & Poca, is a hit and he is gearing up to make the fifth defense of his IBF strap.
For his fifth defense, Farmer will test his might and trade leather with the formidable Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz (30-1, 15 KO’s). After placing his mental cross-hairs on the American Idols head, Diaz began trolling Farmer via Twitter. As a result, the two very capable bruisers have remained on a collision course for a rather extended period of time.
Thankfully for the fans, the IBF super featherweight champ was just as eager to mix-it up with Diaz. So while the fight did not immediately come to fruition, the online fireworks did. Yet, in the end, the two men and their respective teams did come to terms and have officially made the bout a January 30 reality.
RESPECT THY ENEMY
On the topic of Jo-Jo Diaz, there is no question that each pugilist possesses a healthy mutual respect for one another. Diaz has repeatedly gone on record saying as much, just as Farmer has.
In fact, it is this healthy appreciation of their upcoming opponent’s skill which led to the fight taking place in the first place, as Farmer told to Boxing Social.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight! He is going to come ready, I’m going to come ready as always. The preparation has been amazing, we did a lot of new things to add to what I already had and I can’t wait! The fight is a few days away and it’s going to be fireworks.”
However, as previously stated, even though the respect is there, this match was ultimately born out of their on-line funk.
“He started calling me out on social media and usually I don’t pay attention to people, but I felt like that would be a good name to have on my resume. I feel like he is a hell of a fighter and I wanted to give him a shot at the title so I just fed into his bull crap.”
READY FOR WHATEVER
Now that fight is upon us, the only real oddity with the upcoming affair is the fact that the two will throw down on a Thursday night. For some, this would be a bothersome irritation wanting to mix it up on a traditional Saturday night, or at the very least Friday. Unsurprisingly however, the American Idol could not really care less about oddball fight date.
“The only difference in fighting on a Thursday and Saturday and Friday is the weight difference. You just got to cut weight a little earlier, that’s it. Other than that, it’s really nothing.”
Seeing that he is clearly unfazed by the unusual fight night, all that’s left to do is get in the ring and see who really is the superior fighter once and for all. In terms of the antics within the ring ropes, Farmer is confident that he can hit any curve-ball that Diaz will attempt to throw at him.
“He is going to come out and try to bang, throw a lot of power shots, maybe even box, I don’t know. But just know that the night of the fight I will be ready for whatever he brings to the table. I prepared for it, so I am ready.”
By: Bakari Simpson