Too much emphasis is put on an unbeaten record these days, Floyd Mayweather leading the way with merchandise emblazed with the numbers 50-0 is the case in point whilst the newest prospect on the block is happy to be matched with the latest journeyman where literally a lucky punch is the only hope of him losing.
This is something that has been happening for some time especially during this modern era, a trend which will continue to exist as long as fighters/fight fan allows it to, the conveyor belt churning out Prospects that won’t go near a threat of an opponent until their career hits double digits but is an individual who sports a sky-high knockout ratio and the latest title offered by the numerous organisations.
We saw this first hand in Anthony Yarde‘s latest debacle of a contest, Walter Gabriel Sequeira may be a hard man to beat in his native Argentina but the fact remains that the only two times in which he needed a Visa he comes up short, once against Avni Yildirim in Germany whilst the other was this Saturday’s fourth round blowout to Yarde.
I still don’t doubt Yarde’s presence as a future world champion or his abilities which to this point have stood up stoically but I think you will agree that the level of opponent is dubious, begging the question, does his promoter have confidence in those abilities? Time will tell but Yarde’s star has lost its lustre with a lot of fight fans put off by the one-sided nature of the contests.
It’s not all about the 0’s
A look to the other end of the spectrum will find current IBF Super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer, a beacon of hope for all prospects sporting a loss on their record, showing that a record is meant for playing, nothing more.
I concede that the fighter you see today is a far superior version than the one who started his career, but after losing four fights and drawing one in his first twelve outings, has shown what can be achieved with more focus and determination, showing that a blemish may not be the end of the road, in fact, it could be considered a lesson to learn from.
“I’m the best fighter in the world. I haven’t proved it yet but watch,” Farmer said. “I can’t even explain it. It’s unexplainable. I’m not even supposed to be here today. I lost four of my first 12 fights. Most people would have gave up but I stuck to it. You just have to keep grinding and believe in yourself and listen to your team. I have a big family support system and they support me to the death and that’s why I’m as good as I am and I fight for them.”
This weekend he exhibited his vast improvements in handing defeat to James Tennyson putting forth an argument for the statement he gives of being one of the worlds best as he picked apart the challenge of the Irishman with precision, speed and a defence which Pernell Whitaker would be proud of.
It becomes further incredible when taking into consideration that he was shot in the hand during an altercation just over a year ago, Life has certainly thrown some obstacles his way but to date, he has crashed through them with the mental fortitude of a fighter not to be denied his birthright, only to be expected from the great great nephew of the legendary Joe Gans I suppose.
Little to no damage was taken in Saturday’s successful title defence meaning that Farmer may make another appearance before the year is out with the attention turning to a bad-blooded affair with Gervonta Davis high on his pecking order.
“I want everybody with a belt. I don’t care who it is, but I have one particular guy I want: Gervonta Davis,” Farmer said. “Everyone’s like, ‘Why you not fighting, why you not fighting?’ Gervonta wants to fight. Everybody wants the fight. Now I got the belt, we got the money, and we got the venues. Let’s get it Davis already. Let’s go!”
Over to you Mr Davies
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