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Canelo vs Rocky: Tevin Farmer aiming to steal the show, become a household name

The super featherweight titleholder wants to be a star people look to fight.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

IBF super featherweight titleholder Tevin Farmer is set to return on tonight’s Canelo-Rocky card at Madison Square Garden, and the 28-year-old Philadelphia native says his goal is to steal the show and become, over time, a household name in boxing.

“I’m looking to steal the show. I know I’m a top fighter. Skill for skill, I’m top five pound for pound, one of the best fighters in the world. Let’s take credentials out of it. Skill for skill, I am one of the best five pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I believe real boxing fans and writers would agree with me. ... I‘m gonna make myself a household name to where people say, ‘I want to fight Tevin. He’s a big name.’ I think that’s where I’m headed.”

I’m sure Farmer’s claim that he’s top five pound-for-pound will be met with many raised eyebrows, but while I personally wouldn’t have him in that class right now, I do like his confidence. I’d rather a fighter believe they’re the best than not.

Farmer (27-4-1, 6 KO) won the IBF title in Australia on Aug. 3, knocking off and retiring veteran Billy Dib, and defended on Oct. 6 in Boston, stopping James Tennyson in the fifth round. He told us before that fight that he’d be stopping Tennyson — that was also met with raised eyebrows, since Farmer’s not known as a puncher, but then there he went out and did it. He’s already told us that he plans to finish Francisco Fonseca (22-1-1, 16 KO) even quicker. We’ll see.

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