NSAC Suspends Ogawa for Failed PED Test, Farmer Result in Doubt

By Keith Idec

Kenichi Ogawa’s win against Tevin Farmer became even more suspicious Thursday.

Ogawa’s win was already considered controversial because Farmer out-boxed him, only to lose a 12-round split decision December 9 in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday during its monthly meeting that Ogawa, who won the then-vacant IBF super featherweight title by defeating Farmer, has been suspended for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Japan’s Ogawa tested positive for synthetic testosterone. The NSAC will hold a hearing regarding Ogawa’s positive test on an undetermined date and could change the result of the Ogawa-Farmer fight to a no-contest.


If the result of the fight is changed to a no-contest, Ogawa would be stripped of his belt and Farmer more than likely would receive another title shot.

Lou DiBella, Farmer’s promoter, petitioned the IBF on Farmer’s behalf earlier this month for an immediate rematch due to the controversial result of their fight.

Farmer (25-5-1, 5 KOs), a southpaw from Philadelphia, seemed to do more than enough to out-point Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs) during their 12-round bout, which HBO broadcast from Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Still, only one judge, Tim Cheatham, scored their fight for Farmer (116-112). Judges Burt Clements (116-112) and Max DeLuca (115-113) credited Ogawa with winning.

Harold Lederman, HBO’s unofficial ringside judge, thought Farmer won decisively (117-111). Unofficial CompuBox statistics also indicated Farmer won.

CompuBox counted 158 of 525 overall punches for Farmer, 59 more than Ogawa (99 of 445). Farmer connected with 132 of 299 power punches, according to CompuBox, 40 more than Ogawa (92 of 292).

Ogawa and Farmer fought for the IBF 130-pound championship Gervonta Davis lost for failing to make weight the day before his eighth-round knockout of Francisco Fonseca on August 26 in Las Vegas.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-23-2018

still looked bad despite being on peds..give farmer his rematch or have him face gervonta davis for the vacant title

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;18417528]Who idea was it to put that fight on HBO anyway? The belt should be vacant Tank vs Farmer[/QUOTE]I hope it's Tank vs. Farmer, for the vacant IBF title, live on Showtime!!!

Comment by Ray* on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18418450]How to handle failures isn't always a cut and dry issue. First of all, the majority of top fighters are bending the rules if not flat out breaking them. Second, even if you catch them, there is often…

Comment by Beercules on 01-19-2018

So this Japanese guy cheated and still lost? :lol1:

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=Ray*;18418440]No trust in the organisations to be honest, how many fighters have failed a drug test and they still don't ban them or turn their previous win into a no contest. If fact we have one fighting this weekend in…

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