Tevin Farmer gets his long-awaited shot at a world title this Sunday morning as he takes on Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF world title, but what does Paulie Malignaggi make of the Philadelphia super-featherweight?
I do think Farmer will win the title and he may have to fight a big name right away. He has this ongoing rivalry with Gervonta Davis and I would love to see that fight.
Of course, we can’t underestimate his opponent, Japanese fighters always come with a full head of steam and willingly give it 100%, I have no doubt Ogawa will do just that, this is his world title opportunity as much as it is Farmer’s.
Farmer (R) has five stoppage wins in his 25 victories
Right now though, the American is the man of the hour and the one being talked about. He comes from Philadelphia and in some ways, he represents the city’s historical fighting style, let’s remember Philly tends to produce two types of boxers.
While you have the guys who show a bit too much fight in them and love a toe-to-toe battle, you then have the guys who are wily and sneaky, the fighters who can really outsmart you, Bernard Hopkins is one that springs to mind. Farmer is one of those wily types, someone who can really get in your mind and confuse you. Even with that, all those guys can certainly box and fight as well.
Farmer and former IBF titlist Gervonta Davis (pictured) have had many heated confrontations in the past
I do think Farmer will win the title this weekend and he may have to fight a big name right away. He has this ongoing rivalry with Gervonta Davis and although I would love to see that fight, firstly, Davis needs to prove that he really can still make the 130lb limit.
Watch Gervonta Davis stunning 7th round stoppage against Jose Pedraza to win the IBF super-featherweight title. Watch Gervonta Davis stunning 7th round stoppage against Jose Pedraza to win the IBF super-featherweight title.
Of course, that contest could happen sooner than we think, I just hope we see it at super-featherweight and Farmer isn’t forced up in weight due to the familiar politics that come with the sport.
Watch Tevin Farmer versus Kenichi Ogawa and Stephen Smith against Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas from 3.20am this Sunday on Sky Sports Action.