Jono Carroll fought hard but fell short in his first attempt at becoming World Champion losing via unanimous decision to Tevin Farmer in their IBF World Championship showdown in Philadelphia this morning.
Carroll started the fight very aggressive such is his nature, while Farmer hung back and looked to pick holes in the Dunshaughlin man.
The first half the fight continued in a similar fashion with Farmer clearly ahead on the scorecards but Carroll proved to be a menace to the hometown hero never backing down or shying away from the World Champion.
Farmer showed expert defence and utilised some devastating body shots to really put the sting out of Carroll’s challenge midway through the fight.
Come the seventh round it was Farmer who was well ahead despite the fact that the fight was quickly turning into a classic given Carroll’s relentless effort.
It was clear that Carroll was beginning to tire, while the champion looked to not be getting out of second gear. No matter what the Irish man threw at the American, however, he kept throwing better back.
Carroll had a good spell heading down the home stretch, he did everything he could to remain in the fight, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Farmer, but the champion remained calm and continued to display world-class defensive skills while picking off a clearly fatigued Carroll.
The Irishman clearly got a second wind in the ninth round coming out and dominating the champion for the first time in the fight. His heart, bravery and determination matched by his skills.
He gave it everything in the final two rounds but Tevin Farmer remained the more skilful boxer, eventually rocking Carroll as the final seconds of the eleventh ticked down. The Irish man survived though and was able to see out what was truly a wonderful fight.
Carroll’s spirit, heart and determination was a joy to watch on a night where he can really hold his head high, however, on the day he was beaten by the slicker boxer.