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Tevin Farmer to face James Tennyson on October 20

The fight will be Farmer’s first title defense.

Emmanuel Gonzalez v Tevin Farmer Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Tevin Farmer will make the first defense of his IBF super featherweight title on October 20 in Boston, when he faces European champion James Tennyson on the Saunders-Andrade bill, with the card airing on the DAZN streaming service in the United States.

Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KO) was robbed of a title win last December, when he was given the short end of a decision against Kenichi Ogawa. That loss was changed to a no-contest when Ogawa failed a drug test, and the 28-year-old Philadelphia fighter got another title opportunity on August 3.

That time, he got the deserved nod, beating Billy Dib on the road in Australia to claim the vacant belt.

Tennyson (22-2, 18 KO) is a solid fighter but on paper more a fringe contender at the world level. He currently holds the European and Commonwealth titles, beating Martin J. Ward in May in a fight where both fighters hit the canvas.

But the 25-year-old scrapper did suffer a shocking TKO defeat in 2013, when he lost to a fighter named Pavels Senkovs, who was 2-64-5 coming in, and he was stopped by Ryan Walsh in April 2016, as well. That said, he’s got power and he’s been on a good run, winning his last six fights.

The card will also feature a featherweight title eliminator between Kid Galahad (24-0, 15 KO) and Toka Kahn Clary (25-1, 17 KO) on the card, plus the return of Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KO).

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