Pre-Fight Interview With Tevin Farmer – This coming Saturday, December 9th, Philadelphia’s own Tevin Farmer (25-4-1) takes on Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (22-1) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the vacant IBF world title at super featherweight.
Farmer started his career off with a 7-4-1 record before reeling off 17 straight wins to earn Saturday’s title shot. In the 2015 to 2016 time frame he stepped up his level of competition, defeating Colombia’s tough Daulis Prescott, veteran Gamaliel Diaz and prospect Ivan Redkach. Since then, he notched three wins fighting in his hometown of Philadelphia. Farmer suffered a gunshot wound earlier this year but he is fully recovered and ready for his first fight for a world title belt.
In this brief interview for TSS, Farmer spoke with our own Frank Lotierzo and TBC’s Miguel Iturrate before entering the gym for his final training session. (Interview date: December 2nd)
Frank: Hello Tevin, are you with us?
Tevin: Hello, Yes, I am here.
Frank: Welcome. So this Saturday, you get your first shot at a world title. How has your training camp been in the build-up?
Tevin: Good, real good. I am ready. We prepared like we always do.
Frank: So you travel tomorrow, do you plan on doing more sparring in Vegas? Some boxers like to try and spar until the very last minute, are you going to spar out there?
Tevin: No, today is my last day of sparring here. We travel out to Vegas for the fight on Monday morning.
Frank: Do you like that, or would you like to spar closer to fight time?
Tevin: Nah, I’m happy with what we are doing right now.
Frank: You train out of Philly, go ahead and give props to your trainer and team….
Tevin: Yeah, uhm you know Raul “Chino” Rivas, Raheim Jefferson, Nick Rosario, and ah, Reginald Lloyd…
Frank: Now, with the winning streak, you have won 17 fights in a row. You started out 7-4-1, so what changed?
Tevin: Nothing changed. But you know, everything changed. Just that boxing became more important, the most important thing. Change the focus, the people around you, the diet changed, the training went to another level, you know.
TBC: During the winning streak, you gained a lot of notoriety as a defensive wizard. What do you have to say about that?
Tevin: Defense is the key to the whole thing. I mean the saying goes hit and don’t get hit.
TBC: Tell me what you know about Ogawa?
Tevin: I know he is tough. But that doesn’t matter, I mean I am ready, we did what we normally do. Eight weeks in camp, and I was in the gym before that. I am always in the gym. It is time to do this.
TBC: So, Tevin let’s fast forward to Sunday of next week and you have the title… Who is on your mind to fight next? I mean the 130 pound weight class is stacked….
Tevin: I’d like to unify the titles and fight Miguel Berchelt next. (Note: Berchelt holds the WBC belt).
Farmer is looking forward to letting his fight do the talking on Saturday night, but what comes across is his confidence as we enter fight week. We will find out more on December 9th.
Want to read more about Tevin Farmer? Don’t miss TSS’s September of 2016 piece titled “Tevin Farmer ready for all comers.”
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