Tevin Farmer: The Gervonta Davis Fight Won't Make Or Break Me

By Keith Idec

Tevin Farmer still wants nothing more than to fight rival Gervonta Davis.

But now that he has the IBF junior lightweight title and a new multi-fight agreement with DAZN, Farmer isn’t as consumed as he once was with defeating Davis.

“We want the fight on my end,” Farmer told “But it’s not happening, so Tevin Farmer has gotta do what’s best for him. Fighting Gervonta Davis won’t make or break me, so it really don’t matter.”


Philadelphia’s Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC) is fully focused this week on making the first defense of his 130-pound championship against England’s James Tennyson (22-2, 18 KOs). They’ll fight on the Demetrius Andrade-Walter Kautondokwa undercard Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston.

“Right now, I’ve gotta get past October 20th,” Farmer said. “I’m not overlooking him because anyone at this level is coming to fight – period. I’m gonna be ready for it.”

Thereafter, though, the 28-year-old Farmer hopes Davis agrees to face him in what would be a 130-pound title unification fight. Baltimore’s Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) hasn’t fought since stopping Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) in the third round April 21 in Brooklyn to win a then-vacant portion of the WBA’s super featherweight title.

“The fight for me is personal,” Farmer said, “so that’s why I want the fight. It’s no other reason, because it’s not like I beat him and then this will happen. No, with or without him, I’m still gonna be Tevin Farmer and I’m gonna still make money and I’m still gonna be the best I can be, with or without him. So that’s not the case. The case is it’s personal and I want the fight.”

The 23-year-old Davis, who’s promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and advised by Al Haymon, doesn’t have a fight scheduled.

“I don’t know who don’t want the fight,” Farmer said. “I just know the fight’s not happening, so whether it’s him or his people, it’s still a bad look. I don’t care who it is – we want the fight. Eddie Hearn has told him he got that bag [of money] for him, so make it happen. I’ve got [DAZN’s] Eddie Hearn and [promoter] Lou DiBella backing me. We got the money. Let’s make it happen. I want the fight.”

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 JLC on 10-17-2018

[QUOTE=Vegemil;19201389]Davis is quaking in his boots at the thought of fighting a game, hungry killer in Tevin Farmer. It is well documented that Pedraza paid Farmer's camp 6 billion USD to throw that fight. The truth of the matter is…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 10-17-2018

Floyd might as well let Tank go! He doesn't seem to know what to do with him. I heard Tank vs. Mares was supposed to happen, which would be good for Tank financially, but a unification with Farmer would be…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-17-2018

I like Farmer, would love to see this fight too but Davis promoter holding him back esp when this is a fight I can see Tank winning.

Comment by MoneyLarry on 10-17-2018

Davis by far has the worst promoter.

Comment by markther on 10-17-2018

I think Haymon and Floyd gave Davis an old fashioned timeout. Go sit down somewhere and get your life together. Your embarrassing yourself. Davis is still under contract so he has no choice but to wait for a fight to…

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