Tevin Farmer gets second chance at IBF title, versus Billy Dib
Tevin Farmer is quite likely a fan of second chances.
Farmer , 27, will again fight for a world title belt, this time against Billy Dib, on August 3, Farmer’s promoter Lou DiBella confirmed to The Ring on Wednesday night. The 12-round bout will take place at the Technology Park in Redfern, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Dib’s hometown. ESPN+ will stream the fight live (6:30 p.m. local time).
Farmer and Dib will fight for the vacant IBF junior lightweight title. Kenichi Ogawa won the vacant IBF title on December 9 in Las Vegas, scoring a controversial split decision over Farmer, in a fight many at ringside thought Farmer won.
The IBF stripped the title from Ogawa on April 19, after the 30-year-old from Tokyo tested positive for androstanediol, a banned substance. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also suspended Ogawa for six months, and overturned the victory to a no-contest.
The two highest available fighters in the IBF rankings were Dib, who is ranked No. 3, and the southpaw Farmer, who is one spot below Dib.
Farmer (25-4-1, 5 knockouts), who resides in Philadelphia, had won his previous 18 bouts leading up to the Ogawa fight. Three months after his most recent victory, on April 29 of last year, a 10-round unanimous decision over Arturo Santos Reyes, Farmer was shot in the hand during a family celebration.
Dib (43-4, 24 KOs), former IBF featherweight titleholder, last fought on December 2, defeating journeyman Phum Kunmat by unanimous decision, over eight rounds. The 32-year-old Dib is unbeaten in his last four bouts since losing by stoppage to Takashi Miura in May of 2015.
Junior middleweight Tim Tszyu (9-0, 7 KOs), who resides in nearby Rockdale, will face Indonesia’s Steven Ongen Ferdinandus (27-15-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Tszyu is the son of former undisputed junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu.
Local bantamweight Brock Jarvis (13-0, 12 KOs) will square off against Yotchanchai Yakaeo (26-11, 21 KOs) of Thailand in a 10-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and FightNight.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.
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