By Jake Donovan
Months of hard work put in with Danny Garcia and Vasyl Lomanchenko reaped major rewards for Tevin Farmer, who scored a landslide decision over previously unbeaten Emmanuel Gonzalez, Thursday evening at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.
Scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 in a bout that was never competitive.
Heading into the evening, Gonzalez was being groomed as a prospect on the rise. The question was whether the Bronx-based Nuyorican could rise to the occasion against an upgrade in competition.
The answer turned out to be a resounding no.
Farmer has quietly carved out a remarkable turnaround in his once-fledging career. The Philly southpaw was an abysmal 4-3-1 to start his career, and down to 7-4-1 (1KO) by the time rising featherweight star Jose Pedraza served him the lone stoppage loss of his career in 2012.
With a renewed dedication in training, Farmer has since looked like a brand new fighter. This lesson was emphatically taught to Gonzalez over the course of their 10-round headliner on Fox Sports 1. The unbeaten super featherweight looked flat from the opening bell, unable to keep up with Farmer's hectic pace or able to prevent him from working his way inside.
Round after round, Gonzalez' corner begged for more body work and then to bring the attack upstairs. Instead, it was Farmer who stopped Gonzalez in his tracks on nearly every exchange, sprinting out to a massive lead over the first half of the bout.
Action was only slightly more competitive over the back five, but still with Farmer in the lead and Gonzalez stumped on how to slow him down. Even when it was apparent that a knockout - or at least a handful of knockdowns - were in order to pull out the fight, Gonzalez lacked the energy to put together a rally, while Farmer left absolutely nothing to chance during any point in the contest.
The wide scores reflected the level of dominance exuded by the 23-year old Farmer, who improves - in every sense of the word - to 16-4-1 (3KO).
Gonzalez suffers his first loss as a pro, falling to 14-1 (7KO).
Unbeaten heavyweight Danny Kelly remains perfect as a pro, scoring a 1st round knockout over Eric Newell in their televised swing bout.
A perfectly timed right hand was enough to put Newell down and virtually out, prompting a stoppage midway through the count when it was clear that he was in no position to continue.
The official time was 2:45 of round one.
Kelly, a rising heavyweight from Washington D.C., improves to 6-0-1 (5KO). Four of his five career knockouts have come in the opening round. Newell, from Bethlehem, Penn., falls to 7-3-2 (5KO).
Daniel Martz picked up the biggest win of his young career, even if it comes under undesirable circumstances. Unbeaten local heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos was forced against his will to quit after three rounds of action due to a badly injured ankle that prevented his mobility.
The bout was over virtually moments after it began, though not at all due to a difference in skill or one fighter dominating the other. Santos, a squat heavyweight from nearby Lawrence, Mass. was a smash hit in his last appearance at the House of Blues, stopping Sylvester Barron in the 3rd round of their St. Patrick's Day bout.
Anxious to pick up where he left off, Santos sought to thrill the local crowd against the 6'7" Martz. The 24-year old never had a chance to get going, however, after rolling his ankle in the opening round. The pain from the injury forced him to the canvas for the bout's lone official knockdown.
Martz was able to outwork Santos as a result, but basically playing with house money for however long the bout would last. Santos was examined on two separate occasions and was vehemently against his corner or the ringside physician stopping the contest at the end of round two.
Both parties allowed the heavyweight out for round three, but was decided at round's end that the injury was only worsening, prompting the decision to stop the contest.
The official time was 3:00 of round five.
Martz moves to 11-1-1 (8KO) with the win. The towering West Virginian quickly appeared on the verge of journeyman status early in his career, but has now won four straight.
Santos falls to 13-1 (11KO).
Jamie Kavanaugh picked up his second consecutive win after stopping Michael Clark in the 5th round of their televised opener.
Kavanaugh, 24, was steady and picked up the pace as the bout progressed. Urged by his corner to be more aggreickessive and attack the body, the lightweight prospect took the fight to the aged former contender, producing two knockdowns and eventually the stoppage win.
The official time was 2:49 of round five.
Kavanaugh advances to 17-1-1 (8KO), having bounced back from a knockout loss last year. Both wins among his current streak have taken place at this very venue.
Clark falls to 44-11-1 (18KO). Once a lower tier lightweight contender, the 40-year old has long ago seen better days, having now suffered three straight knockout losses.
Off camera, 18-year old newcomer Lamont Roach (2-0, 1KO) scored a 2nd round knockout of Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3KO). A former amateuer standout in the Maryland/D.C. area, Roach recently completed his first year of college at University of Maryland, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Golden Boy Promotions , Jamie Kavanagh , Alexis Santos