Tevin Farmer v Jono Carroll: Mixed emotions for Irish fight fans in Philadelphia
It's an important night for Irish boxing in Philadelphia and Betfair's fight tipster Frankie Monkhouse previews the standout bouts...
"Farmer will arrive fit, fresh and sharp for this defence and Betfair traders expect him to hold onto his prize"
Major titles on the line
An intriguing night of boxing comes to us from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia this weekend as Tevin Farmer and Jono Carroll battle it out for the IBF super featherweight world title, a gong the American won in Australia last summer.
The action is live on Sky Sports and followers will also get the chance to catch up on Katie Taylor's progress as the fighting pride of Ireland faces Brazilian Rose Volante over 10 rounds for IBF, WBA and WBO honours. There's plenty to keep fight fans busy and punters will find more than enough at Betfair to give them a healthy interest on the night.
Farmer has been active
Tevin Farmer takes part in what will be his 35th professional contest when making the third defence of the IBF world title he won in August when out-pointing experienced Billy Dib in front of the Australian's own fans. American Idol got the job done with minimal fuss that evening, boxing his way to a wide points margin win and he has been impressive in defending it since, stopping James Tennyson in five before dealing with Francisco Fonseca over 12 at Madison Square Gardens last time out on the undercard of Saul Alvarez v Rocky Fielding.
The champion was made to wait for his shot at the title but once getting his hands on the strap he has been active and that has impressed followers. Farmer will arrive fit, fresh and sharp for this defence and Betfair traders expect him to hold onto his prize, offering the home win as hot favourite, 1/9 available on the Sportsbook. That'll push backers into the method of victory market and another points cheer is judged to be the most likely outcome, quoted as 8/15 jolly - market best price on the Sportsbook - over the KO/TKO at 5/2.
Carroll drew last time
Opponent Jono Carroll makes the trek to Philadelphia from his Dublin base with a CV detailing 16 wins, no defeats and one draw. The spare on his record came in his most recent start when held to a split decision share at the Sheffield Arena by Frenchman Guillaume Frenois in what was expected to be little more than a warm up bout. Celtic Warrior got a tougher test than many predicted that evening, but he completed the 12 rounds and there could be no quarrels over the decision, the scorecards seeing one judge go for each fighter by two rounds, while the third called it a 114-114 draw. Carroll must learn from that and move on.
The 26-year-old southpaw faces a massive step up in grade here, but he has shown us glimpses of his true ability and those close to the away dressing room believe there's plenty more to come from this progressive fighter. Is he ready for a shot at the world title? Only time will tell but he did the 12 rounds for the second time in Sheffield and will be fit enough and patient enough to ensure this goes late into the night. Carroll is 6/1 on the sportsbook, where you'll find 9/1 the points win and a chunky 20/1 KO/TKO.
Taylor in battle of the unbeatens
Katie Taylor faces Rose Volante in a battle of the unbeatens in the chief support act and this is a bout that should give followers of Irish boxing more to cheer about. 32-year-old Taylor goes in with a perfect 12-fight record but has won only five of the dozen inside the distance, each of her last two going to points. She has power to call upon when it's needed but prefers to showcase her boxing skills. The Bray native has stopped one opponent in her last six, a run stretching back to the summer of 2017 when downing Jasmine Clarkson in three.
The stylish 5ft 5inch orthodox boxer was last seen beating Finland's Eva Wahlstrom on points and is widely expected to grab victory number 13 here. There's nothing to be had in the fight winner market, so we're again pushed into the specials. If Taylor lives up to expectations and scores in America a third points cheer on the bounce makes most appeal at 1/3. One for your stacked accas, it would seem.
Volante better than her price
The pre-bout betting for this one suggests 36-year-old Rose Volante is nothing more than a mere opponent and will put up little fight before becoming yet another stat on her rival's impressive record. That's not the case, however, and she'll duck between the ropes on fight night with 14 wins from 14 behind her, eight by stoppage.
The Sao Paulo native is fighting for only the second time outside of her homeland and that's a bit of a concern, but she has been beating the women placed in front of her to date and carries the confidence that comes from winning each of her last two inside the distance. Lovers of an upset can back Rose at 12/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook, another KO/TKO 25/1, behind the points win at 22/1.