A busy weekend of boxing kicks off tonight at 7:00 pm ET, streaming live on DAZN, as Philadelphia native Tevin Farmer returns home to defend his IBF super featherweight title against Ireland’s Jono Carroll in the main event.
Farmer (28-4-1, 6 KO) has emerged over the past couple of years as one of the world’s top fighters at 130 pounds, and has stayed extremely busy since winning the belt over Billy Dib in August of last year. In October, he beat James Tennyson in Boston. In December, he beat Francisco Fonseca in New York. And tonight, he’s home in Philly for his third defense.
Carroll (16-0-1, 3 KO) is a big underdog here. The Dublin native has been barking about this fight since before his Dec. 8 bout with Guillaume Frenois, which ended in a draw. But Carroll has the shot he wanted, anyway, and will look to cash in on the opportunity.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor (12-0, 5 KO) will also be in action, facing Brazil’s Rose Volante (14-0, 8 KO) in a lightweight unification bout. Taylor holds the WBA and IBF titles, while Volante has the WBO belt. If Taylor wins, she hopes to fully unify with Belgium’s Delfine Persoon in June.
A likely shot at the WBO middleweight title is on the line between Philly veteran Gabriel Rosado (24-11-1, 14 KO) and Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (27-1, 11 KO). The winner is expected to face Demetrius Andrade in June, barring any injury setbacks or the like.
British lightweight contender Luke Campbell (19-2, 15 KO) will also stay busy tonight, taking on Mexico’s Adrian Young (26-5-2, 20 KO) in a 10-round bout.
Here’s the rest of the card, set to be televised:
- Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3 KO) vs Silverio Ortiz (37-23, 18 KO), welterweights, 8 rounds
- Raymond Ford (debut) vs Weusi Johnson (3-10, 0 KO), super featherweights, 4 rounds
These fights are happening off TV, it appears:
- D’Mitrius Ballard (19-0, 12 KO) vs Victor Fonseca (17-9-1, 14 KO), super middleweights, 10 rounds (this is actually a rematch of a 2016 fight where Ballard stopped Fonseca in three)
- Hank Lundy (29-7-1, 14 KO) vs Avery Sparrow (9-1, 3 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
- John Joe Nevin (11-0, 4 KO) vs Andres Figueroa (9-3, 5 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
Wil Esco will be on the call tonight.
- TEVIN FARMER def. JONO CARROLL by UD (117-110, 117-111, 117-111)
- KATIE TAYLOR def. ROSE VOLANTE by TKO (1:40 of Round 9)
- MACIEJ SULECK def GABRIEL ROSADO by UD (95-91, 95-91, 95-93)
- LUKE CAMPBELL def. ADRIAN YOUNG by TKO (1:37 of Round 5)
ROUND BY ROUND
TEVIN FARMER vs JONO CARROLL
Round 1: Farmer comes out and flashes a few jabs that don’t make solid contact. Now Farmer lands a jab to the body. Farmer lands a jab and then a right hand as Carroll covers up tight. Left hand lands to the body for Farmer, Carroll taunts him with a few choice words. Farmer steps in and lands two hooks to the body. Carroll comes in now behind a couple of body shots before getting tied up. Carroll roughs Farmer up along the ropes with several shots landing in the back. Carroll lands a couple clean shots at the bell. I still think Farmer controlled this round. Farmer 10-9.
Round 2: Farmer lands a couple jabs then a body shot. Carroll attacks back with several body shots up close. Clean left hand lands for Farmer as Carroll steps in. More jabs land for Farmer who then goes back to the body. Carroll whacks away to the body with his left hand, then a right hand in the clinch. Carroll has mostly been planning to get close and rips body shots with both hands and has been having a little success with that. Carroll lands a few hard shots to the body and is making Farmer uncomfortable. Two more hooks land downstairs for Carroll. Carroll 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Farmer just falls short on a body shot to open the round. Left hand lands upstairs and then Farmer lands a right hook to the body. Carroll starts roughing Farmer up again on the inside, working both hands to the body. Farmer throws a quick combination, ending with a hook to the head. Carroll continues to work both hands on the inside with a strong effort to the body. Farmer lands a clean hook upstairs after a counter to the body. The fighters stand in close and trade with one another. Carrol has a cut over his right eye. Carroll lands a couple punches that stray low. Counter uppercut lands for Farm but Carroll walks through it and fires more body shots. Clean counter lands for Farmer at the bell. Close round but I’ll give the edge to Farmer on clean punching. Farmer 10-9.
Round 4: Farmer falls short on a left hand to the body. Farmer follows it up with a combination that lands well on Carroll. Carroll steps in close and tries to get back to chopping away at the body. Clean counter left lands for Farmer on the inside. Farmer walks in on Carroll and lands a straight left hand. Farmer meets Carroll with a couple jabs and Carroll continues to probe for a way to get to close quarters. Three punches land for Carroll on the inside. Carroll is working at a fast pace but will he be able to maintain it. Both fighters trade body shots as they stand at center ring. Hard combination lands to the body for Farmer and then escapes Carroll’s response. Farmer 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Two jabs score for Farmer to open the round. Carroll backs Farmer to the ropes but Farmer is able to mostly evade Carroll’s attack with his head movement. Straight left to the body lands for Carroll. Carroll throws a couple more body shots that partially land. Farmer gets back to his jab. Carroll working both hands but can’t find a clean target. Hard counter from Farmer knocks Carroll’s mouthpiece out. The referee calls a break to get it back in. Farmer comes right back with a hook to the body. Now Farmer lands a counter right hook that stuns Carroll! Farmer is starting to seperate himself a little bit in this round as he picks spots to land clean counters. Hard counter left to the body hurts Carroll again. Farmer 10-9.
Round 6: Left hand lands for Farmer to open the round. Carroll comes in and goes downstairs with a couple punches. Left uppercut lands at mid-range for Farmer. Carroll holds onto one of Farmer’s arms and hits him with the other — the referee warns him about it. Carroll throws a flurry of punches, most of which only glance off Farmer. Two right hooks land to the body for Farmer, then a third. Farmer throws three clean shots upstairs that land solid. Farmer is picking Carroll off now and is in a groove. Farmer 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Farmer tries to establish his jab to start the round. Clean two-punch combination lands well for Farmer. Left hand from Carroll partially lands to the body. Short uppercut lands for Farmer on the inside. Carrol continues to throw a lot of punches while Farmer lands cleaner singular punches. Farmer lands another body shot that backs Carroll off of him for a moment. Counter uppercut comes from Farmer. Farmer 10-9.
Round 8: Farmer throws out some jabs and then Carroll walks in and strafes the body with a few shots. Carroll tries to turn Farmer to the ropes and both fighters start trading body shots again. Carroll lands a right hook to the body and tries to follow it up with a few more punches. Carroll throws a few more punches and is really digging deep. Farmer misses on a quick flurry and I think Carroll did enough to edge the round with his workrate. Carrol 10-9, 74-78.
Round 9: Left hand lands for Farmer downstairs. Now both fighters trade shots to the head. Farmer gets light on his feet, bouncing and touching Carroll with his speedy combinations. Farmer finds himself on the ropes and flashes his defense and upper body movement. Carroll continues to to walk forward and throw a lot of shots to the body. Farmer lands a jab but Carroll comes foward and lands a hook to the body. Carroll gets Farmer to the ropes and throws another flurry to the bell. Most of the punches didn’t land well but Farmer is letting him get off a lot. Carroll 10-9.
Round 10: Farmer lands a nice counter uppercut. Carroll throws a few more punches to the body. Two clean shots land for Farmer on the inside, then another. Farmer is rolling Carroll’s shots to the head and countering effectively. Carroll is much better off just keeping the punches to the body. Farmer slips a few shots and then lands a jab. ANother jab lands for Farmer, then an uppercut. Farmer touches Carroll and then gets away before he can respond. Nice combination lands for Farmer just before the bell. Farmer 10-9, 97-93.
Round 11: The referee calls a timeout to cut excess tape on Carroll’s right glove (this is taking a long time). We’re back in action and Farmer immediately lands a left hand to the head, then another one. Farmer flashes a jab and then lands another right hand. Carroll tries to work on Farmer with Farmer on the ropes. Carroll rips the body with a few punches to the body. Farmer touches with a couple of jabs before landing a counter left hand. Check hook lands for Farmer, then another that shakes Carroll up! Carroll is on the ropes and Farmer is looking for the kill! Farmer chases Carroll across the ring and lands a few more punches before Carroll holds on to get saved by the bell. Farmer 10-9.
Round 12: Farmer lands a jab to open the round. Left hook lands for Farmer, then a jab. Farmer lands another left hand clean to the head, followed by a right hook to the body. Carroll goes back to work with his body punches and Farmer stands in the pocket and tries to roll the punches. Right hook partially lands for Farmer. Another right hook lands for Farmer and Carroll holds on. Two more punches land for Farmer and Carroll tries to muster everything he has left. Farmer lands a couple shots at the bell. Farmer 10-9. Tough fight but I think Farmer won most the rounds on clean punching to earn the win, 117-111.
KATIE TAYLOR vs ROSE VOLANTE
Round 1: Volante comes outs quick throwing big one-two combinations but Taylor is able to evade the punches. Counter right hand lands for Taylor as Volante steps forward. Hard right hand from Taylor puts Volante down! Volante beats the count and is ready to continue. Taylor throws a flurry but Volante ties up. Right hand lands for Taylor before the bell. Taylor 10-8.
Round 2: Left hook lands for Taylor to start the round. The fighters get in the phone booth and start trading shots. Right hand lands over the top for Taylor. Taylor lands a right hand, left hook combination. Volante partially lands a left hook to the body. Flurry from Taylor lands as Volante looks for a break that didn’t come. Taylor 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Taylor throws a couple jabs that measure the range while at center ring. Right hand lands downstairs for Taylor. Taylor lands a jab and then another right hand to the body. Taylor continues to find a home for the straight right hand to the body. Shot left hook lands on the inside for Taylor. Taylor 10-9.
Round 4: Taylor lands a quick body shot to open the round. Now Taylor lets her hands fly and makes good contact on Volante. Volante steps in but the fighters wind up in a clinch. Hard left to the body lands for Taylor. Now Taylor gets in a right hand and Volante might be tiring. Right hand lands over the top for Taylor at center ring. Taylor 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Jab to the body lands for Taylor to open the round. Taylor lands a left hook in between punches that come from Volante. Now Taylor lands a flashy combination on Volante, who is taking more clean shots. Taylor is working Volante and she’s wilting. Two right hands land for Taylor and Volante holds on. Right hand lands clean across Volante’s chin. Two more clean shots land for Taylor. Volante has nothing left, it seems. Taylor 10-9.
Round 6: Volante leads with a jab that Taylor catches. Three punches land well for Taylor in response. Hard left to the body lands for Taylor, and Volante is just trying to weather the storm at this point. Volante bleeding from the nose and covers up as Taylor lets go of another combination. Three more punches land for Taylor, and Volante can hardly defend herself. Taylor 10-9, 60-53.
Round 7: Taylor lands an uppercut to the body, then a clean hook to the head. Taylor continues to let her hands go and is keeping Volante on the defensive. Short combination comes from Taylor who then gets back to using her jab. Taylor’s cruising. Taylor 10-9.
Round 8: Jab lands for Taylor, who then follows it up with a flurry of punches that rock Volante. Two left hooks to the body land for Taylor. Another elft hook lands downstairs for Taylor, then a right hook. Volante throws two short hooks downstairs herself. Two right hands land clean for Volante and Volante holds on to force a break. Taylor 10-9, 80-71.
Round 9: Taylor throws a combination, starting off with body shots. Now Taylor tees-off upstairs with several shots that force Volante to grab hold again. Left hook downstairs lands for Taylor. Four-punch combination comes from Taylor that rattle Volante’s head. A chalsh of heads causes a cut and the referee just decides to stop the fight. Taylor TKO-9.
GABRIEL ROSADO vs MACIEJ SULECKI
Round 1: Sulecki takes center ring and jabs upstairs and then lands a jab down to the body. Sulecki steps forward again with a left and right hand which Rosado is able to defend. Rosado misses on a counter left hook to the head. Jab lands clean for Sulecki. Hard right hand from Sulecki puts Rosado down! Rosado gets up but his legs were a little shaky. Right hand lands upstairs for Sulecki, followed by a couple of clean body shots. Sulecki lands a combination on Rosado who might be in deep already. Sulecki 10-8.
Round 2: Sulecki comes out quick and lands a shot to the head. Rosado tries to counter with a hook to fight Sulecki off of him. Right hand lead lands for Rosado, but he then takes on back in return. Hard jab from Sulecki knocks Rosado back. Sulecki looks much stronger that Rosado in the ring, and his punches are showing that effect. Another jab lands for Sulecki and Rosado is trying to find a tactic he can turn to change Sulecki’s momentum. Two jabs land for Sulecki, who then lands another to the body. Rosado has been taking some damage early. Sulecki 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Sulecki takes an aggressive posture and lands a left jab to the body. Right hand lands clean for Sulecki and Rosado might have some swelling around his left eye. Both fighters throw shots but fall into a clinch. Rosado misses on a big overhand right. Sulecki comes forward again throws a right hand to the body. Sulecki strafes Rosado again with his back on the ropes. Right hand lands clean for Sulecki and Rosado comes back with two shots. Better round for Rosado but I still think Sulecki is winning. Sulecki 10-9.
Round 4: Sulecki comes forward but misses with two shots that Rosado ducks. Now Sulecki lands a right hand to the body. Right hand lands over the top for Sulecki and Rosado bites down on his mouthpiece. Sulecki lands another right hand and this time Rosado taps his gloves together in a show of bravado. Jab lands for Sulecki. Now Sulecki lets go a four-punch combination as Rosado covers up. Counter right hand from Rosado glances off Sulecki’s shoulder. Two body shots land on the inside for Rosado. A couple of short shots land on the inside for Rosado. Better way to end the round for Rosado but I still think Sulecki took it. Sulecki 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Sulecki lands a right hand upstairs followed by a stiff jab. Both fighters exchange punches but neither land clean. Sulecki comes forward and lands a couple shots that pierce Rosado’s guard. Now Rosado walks forward and lands a right hand. Rosado throws a short flurry of punches but takes a heavy right hand in return. Rosado kept a good workrate and I think Sulecki slowed down a little in this round. I’ll edge this one to Rosado, 10-9.
Round 6: Sulecki walks forward and touches Rosado to the body with a jab. Right hand lead lands for Sulecki. Now Sulecki lands a jab at center ring. Sulecki lands an uppercut on the inside in the middle of a short combination. Rosado fires back but falls short on his punches. Sulecki lands a jab and the right hand glances off Rosado’s glove. Right hand lands clean for Sulecki again, Rosado has no answer for that punch. Sulecki 10-9, 59-54.
Round 7: Rosado gets back to a corner to start the round and takes a left hand from Sulecki. Right hand lands clean for Sulecki. Another right hand lands for Sulecki, then a jab, then another right hand. Now Rosado lands a clean right hand. Rosado steps in with two hooks to the body. Sulecki lands a jab at center ring, then the fighters get tied up. Short uppercut lands for Sulecki. Sulecki 10-9.
Round 8: Rosado tries to taunt Sulecki but Sulecki is able to land a couple of clean left hands. Rosado comes forward with a few helpless punches as he tries to make a stand. Jab lands for Sulecki. Sulecki jabs down to the body, then Rosado responds with a couple of punches. Two big punches from Sulecki flatten Rosado! Rosado gets up but he might be in bad shape. He’s bleeding from the nose. Hard right hand lands clean for Sulecki! Rosado rolls a flurry from Sulecki to end the round. Sulecki 10-8, 69-62.
Round 9: Sulecki comes out and lands two authoritative jabs. Now a right hand from Sulecki glances off Rosado’s head. Sulecki comes forward behind anothe rcombination and Rosado just has to cover up. Jab from Sulecki pierces Rosado’s guard. Rosado throws a lead hook that Sulecki blocks. Hard right hand from Rosado drops Sulecki! Sulecki gets up right away as it looks like it was a flash knockdown. ASSAULT FROM ROSADO PUTS SULECKI DOWN AGAIN! THE PHILLY CROWD IS LOVING THIS ROCKY MOMENT! Rosado 10-7.
Round 10: Rosado tries to follow it up with a right hand lead and then lands the second one. Rosado whacks away at Sulecki as Sulecki holds on. Sulecki lands a right hand on Rosado. Sulecki throws a couple of punches on the inside. Rosado is looking for another knockout punch and is coming close to finding it. Rosado lands a short punch on the inside. Both fighters trade and Rosado gets in an uppercut on the inside. Rosado lands a hook — he needs a knockout to win. Sulecki lands a left hook and Rosado throws at the bell. Rosado 10-9, but it’s not enough for the dramatic comeback. Sulecki 95-91.
LUKE CAMPBELL vs ADRIAN YOUNG
Round 1: Campbell measures with a few jabs and then ducks a right hand from Young. Young misses on a right hook to the body as Campbell steps out of range. Campbell throws a couples jabs that don’t make contact, but then lands a straight left hand from his southpaw stance. Campbell misses on the nest straight left as Young starts to come forward. Now Young walks right into a right hand from Campbell. Young lands a good body shot once he has Campbell on the ropes. Straight left hand lands clean for Campbell. Campbell 10-9.
Round 2: Right hand to the body falls short for Young. Campbell just misses on his own left downstairs. Campbell stands center ring and throws several jabs before landing a straight left to the body. Left hook to the body lands for Young as he ambushes Campbell with a flurry. Straight right lands for Young but Campbell gets in a left hand in return. Straight left to the body scores again for Campbell, who’s been trying to keep this fight on the outside. Campbell 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Campbell comes out with a quick touching shots to establish the distance he prefers. Campbell steps out of range of a shot and then counters with a hard shot to the body that makes Young hunch over. Campbell thinks it was a knockdown but the referee tells them to keep fighting. Left hand lands to the body again for Campbell. Two more straight lefts downstairs land on Young’s torso. Young puts together a quick combination and lands a couple of body shots of his own. Clean left hands from Campbell shake up Young! Campbell wisely goes back down to the body instead of headhunting and lands another clean blow. Young catches his breath and charges forward with a few punches but can’t land much of anything. Campbell 10-9.
Round 4: Campbell probes with several touching shots and once again counters Young’s aggression with a couple punches. Clean left hand counter lands again for Campbell who has been picking Young off by boxing on the outside. Left hand lead lands upstairs for Campbell, Young gives him a nod. Campbell lands a snapping jab and then a hard left to the body. A clean right hook lands on Young’s eye and he keels over again and this time takes a knee. Young’s bleeding from his right eye but wanting to continue. Campbell 10-8, 40-35.
Round 5: Young throws a right to the body and is now trying to make this a firefight, taunting him to throw down at center ring. Campbell wants to continue what he’s doing and he picks off Young with a couple more clean shots that snap Young’s head back. Young lands an overhand right but takes another body shot and is hurt again! Hard left hands lands for Campbell who throws a flurry as Young is dazed and the referee steps in to stop the fight! Campbell TKO-5.