Local boxer loses in TV debut

By Henry Culvyhouse

Local professional junior welterweight boxer Andrew Farmer (18-3, 7 KO) went down in the fourth round of his televised match with Danny O’Connor in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old Fort Valley resident faced O’Connor, 29, (24-2, 8 KO) in the latter’s return to the ring after a year’s absence.

Fighting in a packed Memorial Hall, Farmer held his own in the first round, maintaining a distance from O’Connor. In the second round, O’Connor threw a flurry of jabs, bringing Farmer to his knee.

Farmer said he was not in his rhythm in the first three rounds.

“I was incredibly flat in those rounds and he was on fire,” Farmer said. “Some guys, when they don’t fight all the time, they [say] it’s detrimental. I happen to be one of those. Other guys, they can take a break and it helps.”

In the fourth round, Farmer tried to rally back, giving O’Connor a bloody eye. After giving Farmer a low blow and a head butt, O’Connor dropped Farmer with a left to the body. Referee Jack Morrell counted him out at 2:33 of round four, with no attempt by Farmer to rise.

Farmer said now is a time to get back to work.

“I’m going to keep on training and get another fight in a couple of months,” Farmer said.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com