With one more win, North Philly’s Tevin Farmer will be recognized around the world as a legitimate contender in the 130 pound division. The 25-year-old southpaw has gotten the job done on under cards and he has won on the road. Now he finally get the chance to headline a show in a bright light city that will run you out-of-town if you aren’t for real.
On Wednesday March 30, 2016 – Farmer and the Club 1957 team will head to midtown Manhattan as the main event in the upcoming edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series from the famed B.B. King Blues Club. The opponent is a Mexican veteran named Gamaliel Diaz (39-13-3, 18KO’s). The Jr. Welterweight NABF title is up-for-grabs in this 10-round showcase. The table has been set for him to succeed, now it is in the hands of the fighter to make it happen.
In terms of opposition level, this fight is actually a breather of sorts for Farmer, who has spent the majority of the past two years fighting (and defeating) young, hungry boxers with pristine records. The important thing to look for here is to see how Farmer handles himself on a bigger stage, as a main event with bigger things hanging in the balance and only obtainable with a win in the fight.
The 35-year-old Diaz is billed as a durable fighter who has fought (and lost) to good prospects in the past. Diaz has boxed mainly out of his native Mexico with stops in Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. This bout will mark his second career fight in the USA.
Diaz’s career highlight is competing for the WBC portion of the division title in 2012, a loss to Takashi Miura.
This contest is of extreme importance for Farmer, who insists that he is past the prospect phase of his career. Along with the NABF title will likely come a top 10 world rating in the WBC, a sanctioning body that currently rates his as #14. This is an unfathomable change of events for those who saw Farmer compete as a young professional, where he carried a lackluster record of 7 wins and 4 losses and was on the brink of being banished to Palookaville.
Since building a new team in 2013, including the services of manager Mark Cipparone and trainer Rashiem Jefferson among others, his career has done a 180 degree turn. “Successful” Farmer has since won 13 consecutive fights. This run includes quality wins over unbeaten foes such as Emanuel Gonzales (14-0), Angel Luna (10-0-1) and Camilo Perez (9-0), as well as prospects Viktor Chernous (15-1-1) and Noel Echevarria (11-1).
Farmer’s promoter Lou DiBella said that “Tevin Farmer’s story is an inspiring one,” The President of DiBella Entertainment continued with “To bring himself from the brink of becoming a journeyman opponent to now being considered a potential world title challenger is truly remarkable. Having the kind of heart and determination he has continually shown combined with his tremendous skills is a dangerous combination. Winning the NABF title is the first step toward his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion and I will do all I can to get him that opportunity.”
Farmer went on the record to say “I can’t wait to finally get back in the ring on March 30th, in my NYC debut, and with the opportunity to put that NABF championship belt around my waist,”. “I have been in the gym every day, never taking my eyes off the prize. I know my fans want and expect nothing but the best from me and that is exactly what they are going to get next Wednesday night.”
“It’s been a long road to get to this point, but I am nowhere near the end of it,” Farmer continued. “Someone is going to have to pay for all of this hard work, so once I finally get that opportunity to showcase myself against one of these top guys, they are in for a lot of trouble. I deserve my shot. To be where I was, and to come all this way, I deserve an opportunity. Lou DiBella has done a great deal for me, and now it’s time to make a push to get that world title opportunity. Winning this NABF title is a major step in that direction.”
Tickets for the Broadway Boxing event are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside tables for $500 (5 seats at $100), and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.