Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll predictions and betting tips as they meet for the IBF World Super-Featherweight championship in the early hours of Saturday morning, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. With St Patrick’s Day on the horizon, Matchroom USA have filled the card with Irish talent, and in Jono Carroll they have a fighter who is hoping to reign supreme as champion of the world.
Tevin Farmer (28-4-1) will make the third defence of his world title, and for the first time the defence will come in front of a home crowd. Not only is it the first time Farmer will defend his title in his home city, it is also the first time he will fight in Philadelphia since his career was threatened after he was shot in the hand in 2017.
Farmer’s story did not end there either, as although he recovered and was immediately granted a world title shot in Las Vegas in December 2017, and although he was on the receiving end of a controversial defeat to Kenichi Ogawa, the contest was eventually ruled a no contest after Ogawa later failed a drugs test.
The ‘American Idol’ would not be deterred though, and landed the IBF strap in Australia in August 2018 against Billy Dib after joining forces with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN. Ever since winning that belt, the talented 28-years-old has remained one of the most active champions in boxing and he currently enjoys a steadily growing reputation in the sport.
The man hoping to upset the homecoming is talented Irishman, Jono Carroll (16-0-1). The undefeated Irishman experienced a bump in the road in his last fight, drawing against the unheralded Frenchman Guillaume Frenois in Sheffield four months ago. However, the shock draw “came at the perfect time” according to Carroll, who has vowed not make the same pre-fight mistakes this time around after he “knuckled down”.
Katie Taylor vs Rose Volante Predictions and Betting Tips
Katie Taylor vs Rose Volante predictions and betting tips as they meet for the IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight titles on the undercard of Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll in the early hours of Saturday morning, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. With Taylor highly regarded as one of the best women’s boxers around, will she be able to take a step closer to unifying the division in the early hours of Saturday morning?
Ireland’s unified champion, Katie Taylor (12-0), can add the WBO belt to her WBA and IBF lightweight titles as she bids to add more honours to her already impressive history. The 32-years-old is regarded by many as a pound for pound queen and promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that victory for Taylor would secure a summer showdown against WBC belt holder Delfine Persoon, with all the world titles at stake.
After a highly distinguished amateur career which saw Taylor claim an Olympic gold medal alongside five World Championships and six European championships and, since turning professional, Taylor has not missed a beat. With every contest Taylor is getting better and it surely is just a matter of time before she unifies the division and moves on to contests to prove she is the best pound for pound female fighter on the planet.
The woman hoping to stop her in the early hours of Saturday morning is Brazilian Rose Volante (14-0). Volante turned pro in 2014 and has been unbeaten since, winning all 14 of her contests so far and seven of which have come by either KO or TKO. Crucially though the Brazilian has never fought outside of South America with 13 of her 14 wins coming in her home country and one coming in Argentina.
Luke Campbell vs Adrian Young Predictions and Betting Tips
Luke Campbell vs Adrian Young predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll in the early hours of Saturday morning, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. Following Campbell’s brave defeat against Jorge Linares he is currently rebuilding his career and this weekend he has the opportunity to further boost his reputation in America when he faces off against a very live opponent.
Luke Campbell (19-2) gained revenge over Yvan Mendy last time out and secured mandatory challenger status for the WBC lightweight title. The first contest against Mendy ending in defeat but only came when his training was disrupted due to concerns over his father’s ill health, and the rematch was perhaps one of the best performances Campbell has managed in a professional ring.
The Olympic gold medalist is no stranger to the spotlight after he won the pinnacle title of the ameteur scene in London 2012 and although his first bid to become world champion on the professional stage proved to be unsuccessful, he pushed Jorge Linares very close and many thought he had done enough to have his hand raised instead of his opponents.
Experience Mexican Adrian Young (26-5-2) is the man who is hoping to upset the hopes of a world title fight for Campbell. Like most of his countrymen, Young is a tough competitor but the 26-years-old has rarely mixed it with an elite level fighter such as Campbell and has only fought outside his own country on one occasion, a decision loss against Erick De Leon back in July last year.
Outside of Anthony Joshua and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, there are only a handful of fighters who can claim to be household names and, what it quite a surprise to see, very few American fighters can claim to be commonly known. One man hoping to break into that elite is the ‘American Idol’, Tevin Farmer.
Farmer has had to come through plenty of controversy to earn his world title and now has his eyes on a potential title unification with either WBA champion Gervonta Davis or WBO titleholder Andrew Cancio. However, before Farmer can look too far into the future, he will first have to overcome the undefeated and credible threat of Jono Carroll.
The Irishman has a record which suggests that he is hardly one of the biggest fighters in the division and he has managed to stop just three of his 17 opponents so far. However, the 26-years-old is not one to back away from a challenge and fans should be able to look forward to a contest which will most likely be all action yet still see the final bell.
Although this fight is a unification title fight, Katie Taylor is undoubtedly the class act and will have to guard against complacency against Rose Volante in Philadelphia. Victory for Taylor would set up a fight with WBC champion Delfine Persoon in June before a showdown with seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano.
Taylor is an excellent fighter who dominates her opponents with superior speed and technical ability. She is not afraid to out slug an opponent either and despite only stopping five of her opponents so far, she dismantles her opponents in a fashion which should see her have a much healthier stoppage rate.
Her opposition is a fighter who is also undefeated as a professional and with that undefeated record comes a confidence which should see her come forward with a positive gameplan. However, it is hard to imagine any situation in which she upsets the odds and stops Taylor from going on to another unification fight in the summer. Volante’s class should make it difficult for the Bray native, and although we expect it to be a tough night, we think a points win for Taylor looks to be the most likely outcome.
Now under the supervision of elite trainer Shane McGuigan, Luke Campbell will be hoping he can send a statement to the rest of the division that he is a feared fighter who should be given the utmost respect.
Campbell has always been a talented and accurate puncher who has dazzling speed and remarkable stamina, but his punch power has always been questioned. During the build-up to this contest it is noticeable that McGuigan has spoke about the team’s preparations and, as part of this, the fact that they have been working on Campbell sitting down on his punches more in order to generate more power.
In the background to this contest it should be noted that when Campbell reversed a points loss to Mendy, it put him in line for a shot at WBC champion Mikey Garcia. However, Garcia is stepping up two divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr on Saturday and there are doubts whether the undefeated Californian will drop straight back down the two divisions to defend his 135lb title, regardless of the result.
Adrian Young may be the ‘B’ side in this contest, but he will be a game opponent and although the 26-years-old has suffered losses in his career, he is yet to be stopped. However, this Saturday he faces off against a much higher quality fighter than he has previously been matched with and we think Campbell should win in pretty convincing fashion.