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August 03, 2018

By Scott Shaffer

Tevin Farmer W12 Billy Dib ...  Fighting in his opponent's home country, Philadelphia's Tevin Farmer claimed the vacant IBF 130-pound championship by dominating Billy Dib in Sydney, Australia. Farmer knocked Dib down in round nine and continued to punish him in rounds ten and eleven. Dib went out like a warrior, valiantly going for the knockout in round twelve, but it was not to be. Farmer won a unanimous decision by scores of 118-109, 120-107 and a reported but likely mistaken 119-111. 

After the fight Dib, a former IBF featherweight champion announced his retirement. 

But the moment belongs to Farmer, who overcame a mountain of adversity to achieve world champion recognition.  He began his career at just 7-4-1 fighting wars in Philadelphia, hardly the pedigree of a world champion.  He was also shot in the hand a year ago, and was victimized in a prior title shot when his opponent not only tested positive for performance-enhancing substances but also received a gift decision over Farmer.  

Immediately after the fight, Farmer's promoter Lou DiBella tweeted: "Iíve never had a champion like Tevin! At 7-4-1, with all odds against him, he decided heíd be a world champ. From 7-4-1 to 26-4-1 and an IBF strap! Shot through the hand protecting family, robbed in a fight, he never stopped smiling and believed. Philly to core!"

DiBella also saluted the retiring Dib on Twitter: "Iím so proud of my friend Billy Dib. He fought the only fight that he could to give himself a shot. He would not quit as he hasnít quit through the dark moments of his life. He [went] the distance with heart, as he has and will in life."

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