Former IBF super featherweight world champion, Tevin Farmer, is returning this weekend off-television. His opponent Avery Sparrow, a tough veteran, will do battle with the former world champion on Saturday, June 24th, at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
For Farmer, this will be his first fight in three-and-a-half years after losing his world title Joseph Diaz Jr., in January 2020. Since that fight, Farmer has changed a lot of his training methods - and the way he has synthesized it is becoming an author. THE FIGHTER'S BIBLE “BOXING”, which is Farmer's creation to guide young fighters through the sport of boxing. The purpose of Farmer is to help others not have to take on the tough journey he had to experience firsthand.
"[my] book is awesome, I think every young fighter should have it, and avoid going through the things I went through," reflected Farmer. "I have a little bit of my story in there as well, and you don't want to make those same mistakes....when I came in the game I thought it was all about boxing. You just get in the ring and you just fight. [After my fourth or fifth loss], I realized it wasn't just boxing. So, in my book, it is about giving all the young fighters the game that I had to learn on the job. So basically, for instance, recovery. How important recovery is. If you [don't] have the right recovery you can't perform.
Farmer referenced that for most of his career he was doing things all wrong, especially in terms of training and cutting weight. As Farmer believes he will be the best version of himself with armed with this new knowledge.
Farmer was set to return last year against Mickey Bey, but three failed bouts starting with an ill-fated May 2022 bout and concluding with a somber postponed fight on February 2023, when Michael Williams Jr., had to withdraw from a fight with Adrien Broner, which saw the BLK Prime PPV, that Farmer and Bey were scheduled to be the co-feature on postponed and never rescheduled.
"I was supposed to fight Mickey Bey, but it was [expletive] up," said Farmer about his previously scheduled fight with Mickey Bey which was set to happen numerous times, but never happened. "[I am now a lightweight] That is where I want to campaign at, but there is a lot of politics. I weighed myself the other day and I was only 147 [lbs], so I know I could still make [130 lbs] with a proper weight cut...we will see."
As for what makes Farmer a great fighter, he reflected quite candidly about his elite traits that he hopes to display this weekend on a regional show as he looks to regain momentum in his career.
"My IQ in the ring," said Farmer when reflecting on what led him to a world title. "My ability to know what punches you are going to throw before you throw them. Just based off, what punch you throw I know what is going to come next. I don't know how the [expletive] I do it, but I do it [laughs]."