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New York, NY (August 3, 2018) *Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer* (26-4-1, 5
KOs), Philadelphia, PA, won the IBF Junior Lightweight World Title today
via 12-round unanimous decision against Australian *Billy Dib* (43-5, 24
KOs), at Technology Park, in Eveleigh, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

Dominating from the opening bell, the southpaw Farmer landed at will
throughout the fight. Using lateral movement and superior ring
intelligence, Farmer hurt Dib with a piston-like jab and battering left
hands over the course of the bout, dropping the valiant Australian in the
ninth stanza en route to his first world title. After 12 rounds, scorecards
read 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107. An emotional Dib announced his
retirement in the ring following the decision.

“Billy Dib is a hell of a fighter, he had a great career, and he’s a
two-time world champion,” said an elated Farmer. “He tried to bully me and
that might have worked if I wasn’t from Philly. I’m the new champion of the
world. It was a long time to get here, but there’s a long way to go.

“Nobody wanted to give me a shot, everybody was ducking me so I had to kick
the door in. Now I’ve got the belt and everybody will want to start
screaming my name. I’m ready to fight anyone and unify the titles.”

“I’ve never had a champion like Tevin Farmer,” said *Lou DiBella*,
President of DiBella Entertainment. “At 7-4-1, with all the odds against
him, he decided he’d be a world champion. He went from 7-4-1 to 26-4-1, now
with an IBF strap around his waist. Despite being shot through the hand
protecting family and getting robbed in his last fight, he never stopped
smiling and always believed in himself. Tevin is Philly to the core.

“I’m so proud of Tevin and I’m so proud of my friend Billy Dib, who fought
the only fight that he could to give himself a shot. Dib would not quit as
he hasn’t quit throughout the dark moments of his life. He went the
distance with his heart, as he has and will in life. I wish him well in

The 28-year-old Farmer had challenged for the same vacant title in his last
bout on December 9, 2017, losing a very close, controversial decision to
Kenichi Ogawa, of Japan. Ogawa later tested positive for a
performance-enhancing drug and was stripped of the title with the decision
being changed to a No-Contest.