Unbeaten Galeano Faces Sparring Partner DeVaun for NYC Bragging Rights and Tevin Farmer on a 13-0 streak in the Co-Main for the NABF Title
Wednesday, March 30th, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to the famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. In the main event bout of the evening, former friends, and now crosstown rivals, Chris Galeano (10-0, 1KO) and DeVaun Lee (6-2, 3KO’s) will battle it out for New York bragging rights as well as Galeano’s New York State (NYS) middleweight crown when the two meet in a scheduled 10-rounder.
The Bronx-native Galeano was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion as well as the #1-rated 165-pounder in the US before turning pro in 2013. The 23-year-old southpaw is a gifted boxer, and has shown steady improvement throughout his first 10 bouts as a pro. Galeano is coming off his most impressive victory to date via a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over fellow unbeaten prospect and New York-native Shawn Cameron this past November. The victory by Galeano awarded him the NYS middleweight title and cemented himself as one of the top up-and-coming New Yorkers in boxing
Immediately following Galeano’s victory, the Queens-native Lee, a two-time Metro champion and three-time NY Golden Gloves finalist, who was in attendance that night, began calling for a shot at Galeano’s crown. Galeano and Lee have been friends for years, both came up through the amateur ranks at the same time and have served as sparring partners for one another on many occasions. The back-and-forth between the two continued on social media over the ensuing months. Finally, after Lee earned his most impressive victory, defeating the previously unbeaten Ian Green by unanimous decision on January 27, the bout against Galeano was arranged.
“This is a great fight for Broadway Boxing and a great fight for New York,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is what the series has been built on, great local matchups featuring New York prospects fighting one another on their way up the rankings. Galeano and Lee developed in the amateurs together, have sparred countless times, and are now fighting each other in what is the most important matchup of their young careers.”
In the co-feature bout, red-hot contender Tevin Farmer (20-4-1, 5KO’s) is determined to impress in his NYC debut when he takes on tough Mexican veteran Gamaliel Diaz (39-13-3, 18KO’s). Farmer versus Diaz is scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant NABF junior lightweight title on the line.
It is hard to think of a fighter in recent memory that has made such a drastic turnaround in their career that Farmer has had. The Philadelphia-native lost his pro debut in 2011, and saw his record stand at an uninspiring 7-4-1 following a loss to current IBF 130lb. champion Jose Pedraza in October 2012. Following the loss to Pedraza, which, like many of Farmer’s previous fights, he took on less than two weeks notice, Farmer refocused himself and soon after began to make his successful run.
Fast-forward three years and 13 impressive wins later and the now 25-year-old Farmer has not only emerged as one of the prospects he was once put in against to test but as a legitimate title contender. Ranked #14 in the WBC world ratings, Farmer is coming off his most impressive victory to date, an eighth-round KO over former world title challenger Daulius Prescott in August of last year. During his 13-bout win streak, Farmer also impressively defeated unbeaten foes Emanuel Gonzales (14-0), Angel Luna (10-0-1) and Camilo Perez (9-0), as well as prospects Viktor Chernous (15-1-1) and Noel Echevarria (11-1).
The bout next Wednesday is an extremely important one for Farmer. By picking up the NABF title, it will likely propel him into the top-10 of the WBC ratings. The impressive winning streak is not the only reason why many in the 130lb. division are avoiding him, it is also the manner in which he has been notching those victories. Farmer has lightning quick hands, flawless footwork and cat-like reflexes. He mixes his boxing and countering with an aggressive come-forward style, and is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe either. His knockout power is also much better than indicated by his knockout-to-win ratio, as evidenced by his victory over Prescott, in which he dropped the Colombian twice before knocking him out with a single shot in the eighth round. In fact, Farmer’s recent performances have been more and more dominant, and he knows that he has what it takes to not only compete against the elite junior lightweights but also to one day rule the division.
“It’s been a long road to get to this point, but I am nowhere near the end of it,” Farmer continued. “Someone is going to have to pay for all of this hard work, so once I finally get that opportunity to showcase myself against one of these top guys, they are in for a lot of trouble. I deserve my shot. To be where I was, and to come all this way, I deserve an opportunity. “Tevin Farmer’s story is an inspiring one,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “To bring himself from the brink of becoming a journeyman opponent to now being considered a potential world title challenger is truly remarkable. Having the kind of heart and determination he has continually shown combined with his tremendous skills is a dangerous combination. Winning the NABF title is the first step toward his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion and I will do all I can to get him that opportunity.”