By George Ale, Dampeer, Real Combat Media DC/Philly Boxing Correspondent – Ringside
Philadelphia. PA (March 16th, 2019)– Both Tevin Farmer and Katie Taylor successfully defended the respective titles, in Katie’s case, acquired the women’s IBF world lightweight championship from Rose Volante.
Super lightweight Avery Sparrow defeated Hank Lundy by majority decision. Impressive win for the young Philadelphian who scored two knockdowns and hurt Lundy on several occasions. This bout was deemed by promoter Eddie Hearn as a fight that could possibly steal the show with such bad blood between the two, and even at the final bell, they wouldn’t embrace each other. You have to wonder now what’s next for Hank Lundy now coming off back to back losses. Sparrow now 10-1 and this victory will carry some good exposure locally and globally.
Welterweight Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleissinov defeated Silverio Ortiz by unanimous decision. Daniyar box well and land clean and crisp shots rounds 1-4 but really started putting his shots together in the 5th. Even the 6th round saw Ortiz land some hard right hands himself. 7th topped momentarily for a punch to the back of Ortiz’s head. Eventually worked his way to a comfortable unanimous decision 79-70,(2)79-71.
Featherweights Raymond Ford of Camden, NJ made his debut against Wusi Johnson of Wilmington, DE. Ford floored Johnson in the 1st round with a Thudding left-hand shot, but was unable to follow up perhaps showing signs of his inexperience, but surely has time to perfect his craft. Still managed to secure his first win as a professional. Luke Campbell faced off against Adrian Young of Mexico. The Hull, England native put on an entertaining boxing display capping it off with a jab to the body and a right to the head that had Young on clear street and stopped for a TKO 5.
Fan favorite, Gabe Rosado took on Maciej Sulecki in a thriller down the stretch. Sulecki dropped Rosado with a right hand that seemed to wobbled at first but Rosado gathered himself to finish the round. He would respond well, but Sulecki looked comfortable and relaxed throughout the fight. Even more, assuring in 8th round when Rosado was put down after a straight 1,2. Rosado finishes the round again. Gabe clawed his way back in the 9th knocking down Sulecki twice in the 9th round. With knockdowns on both parties canceled out, it left for quite a gripping finish. Sulecki would see out the round without any time of hangover from the 9th and ultimately winning the bout by a comfortable unanimous dec. 95-91(2),95-93. Sulecki will now likely face WBO champion, Demetrious Andrade.
Women Lightweight champions Katie Taylor faced Rose Volante in front of a well-received Philly crowd. Taylor scored a 1st round knockdown following a short right hand, getting off to a great start. Katie would continue box well and put together some speedy combos, eventually opening several lacerations, the last one, a cut to the bridge of the nose, forced the hand of the referee to stop the bout.Katie is now the holder of three world titles (WBA,WBO, and now IBF).
Then came the main event, Tevin Farmer and Jono Carroll. Farmer started out the fight well. A commanding jab and good movement but no notable punches in the 1st round. Tevin was sticking and moving as expected but also trading with Carroll in the middle of the ring which not many expected. Halfway through the fight and Carroll looks to be gassed already, and Tevin has taken full control of the fight. The 7th round had to be Carroll’s best round yet. Tevin has reverted to boxing on the back foot, jabbing but bits of inactivity as well. Best shot of the night came in the 11th, a sweeping left hand from Farmer Had Carroll noticeably hurt but was able to survive the rest of the round. Tevin would walk away with a Comfortable 117-110,117-111(2) Farmer in the press conference would later state how great it was of an opportunity to not only headline at home, but to finally feel appreciated as a world champion. When asked about his impressions on the atmosphere, Eddie Hearn stated it was his favorite events in the states they had so far. A stacked card that lived to billing.
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