Tevin Farmer (20-4-1, 5 KOs) is an exceptional super featherweight talent from Philadelphia who’s on a 13 fight win streak. His speed, reflexes and ring IQ cause problems at 130 and since losing by TKO to Jose Pedraza in 2012, no one has an answer. He’s riding a wave of success right now that has everyone in his division running the other way.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN BOXING?
I was actually playing football and basketball but being that those sports are seasonal . . . and I was an athlete . . . I always found different things to do. When my brother started boxing, I went to the gym with him for like a week when he first started. I’m like wow let me try this. Since then I’ve just been going. But I wasn’t really taking it that serious and six years ago, when I was 19, that’s when I started taking it serious.
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED GOING TO THE GYM?
I started going to the gym about 15, 16, but I don’t count that because it wasn’t like I was really going. I was going but I wasn’t taking it serous or nothing like that. I would go like a week, take off a whole three months, then go back again. I don’t really count that.
WHAT WAS YOUR AMATEUR CAREER LIKE AND HOW LONG DID IT LAST?
I only had 16 amateur fights. I wasn’t really into boxing; I hardly knew anything about it. I just started learning about boxing. I fought 16 fights and went pro . . . It was learning on the job.
WHAT DO YOU THINK CAUSED YOU TO LOSE FOUR FIGHTS SO EARLY IN YOUR CAREER?
Being that I only had 16 amateur fights, I really didn’t know nothing about boxing. But at the same time, I was learning on the job and those fights, all four of those fights, were short notice calls. Even me at that time not knowing much, I still could’ve beat those guys that I lost to. I just wasn’t in shape and I didn’t have the right team behind me. I had no manager, no nothing. I was just taking fights until I learned the game. Once I learned the game that’s when things started getting better.
WHEN DID YOU HOOK UP WITH LOU DIBELLA?
I just got with Lou DiBella last year. I’ve only been with him for one year. I got with him after I beat Emanuel Gonzalez, which was Golden Boy’s prospect at the time. He was 14-0. After that a bunch of promoters and stuff hit me. But before then my last loss was to Pedraza, Jose Pedraza. A long time friend of the family named Mark Cipparone was my manager then. I was 7-4 at the time and he knew nothing about boxing, he was just a friend of the family and wanted to help. That was back in 2013. I met up with him a couple of times, he moved me to Jersey and got me a car. My whole life started over. I was 7-4 at the time and that year he got me seven fights. Then coming into 2014 I learned a lot because behind the scenes we was sparring with guys like Danny Garcia and Hank Lundy.
WHERE YOU SPARRING WITH ANY BIG NAMES BEFORE THAT?
My trainer hardly knew anything about the game. I didn’t know nothing about the game, I was only boxing for a little bit of time so I knew nothing. Basically when I got signed with Rocco and my manager, his name was Mark Cipparone, that’s when I started doing all that. He didn’t know the business but he’s a businessman, so he reached out to certain people. I gave him the basics then he took it to another level. I also sparred with Lomachenko too.
I’m ready to fight anybody in the world from 126-130 and whoever got the balls to step up, then step up.
HOW WAS SPARRING WITH LOMACHENKO?
It was sparring people would pay to see. Actually, he was getting ready for Gary Russell. While I was down there training I got a call to fight Emanuel Gonzalez. I was already in camp training with him and got a call so everything played out smooth. I was in tiptop shape . . . and I blew him out the water. Next thing you know promoters wanted to sign me.
HAS YOUR TRAINING CHANGED A LOT SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED? IS THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES?
Hell yeah. Training has changed tremendously, way different mindset. And I gotta give credit to my coaches. First off, my manager, for stepping into my life and helping me make decisions to better myself, which I wasn’t mature enough to make my own at the time. He helped me make the decision to get a new trainer . . . and I just trusted him. We sat down and basically picked which trainer we wanted to go to. Raul Rivas and Rashiem Jefferson is who I’m training with right now, and they hella trainers, man. They’re real good. They’re definitely gonna be top trainers in boxing.
HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET FIGHTS AFTER WINNING 13 STRAIGHT?
A lot of the dudes are running from me. They’re not gonna fight me, I know that for a fact. Unless someone comes up with a lot of money, or I become a mandatory for a title. But other than that, nobody is gonna take the chance. I called out the best, man. Pedraza said it himself, I’m not fighting you no more unless you got a title. Fortuna, he blocked me on Instagram so that says it right there. Rocky Martinez, I don’t know what’s up with him. I reached out to Gamboa. He said maybe we can make it happen this year, which I doubt. I’m just staying in shape, staying hungry, and just waiting for an opportunity. I’m just waiting on my promoter, man. Hopefully he comes through.
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ON ANY OF THE BIG NAMES AT 126 OR 130?
I’ll beat any of them dudes at my weight. Guaranteed. It is what it is, man. I’m just gonna stay hungry and hopefully Lou DiBella comes up with something good for me. I ain’t fight since August, since I beat Prescott.
FINDING OPPONENTS HASN’T BEEN EASY BUT WHEN WILL WE SEE YOU IN THE RING AGAIN?
I was supposed to be back in November, then December, then January. Every time I was supposed to get back in the ring they keep pushing it back and pushing it back so right now . . . I’m at a loss for words. My promoter, I gotta see what he’s gonna do. He gotta come through for me, man. Since I signed with him he’s been coming through but I came through with all big wins last year. I came through on my end.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU IN 2016?
For 2016 I’m just waiting on my promoter Lou DiBella to see what he comes up with. I’m ready to fight anybody in the world from 126-130 and whoever got the balls to step up, then step up.