The Ukrainian middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) answered a number of questions regarding his upcoming fight for the vacant IBF and IBO world titles against Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs), Xsport reports.
How unexpected for you was the news that your team managed to agree on fight terms with the team of Golovkin?
"Boxing is a business in which everything is changing. It just happened. My side agreed on a fight with Alvarez, but it didn’t work out - the negotiations reached a dead-end. And we immediately began negotiations with Gennady. I didn’t think that the parties would agree so quickly - two months before the date of the battle. And the negotiations took three weeks. This was unexpected. After all, negotiations for such big fights last longer."
Do you feel comfortable in America?
"America is the boxing world and the boxing country. It gives you the opportunity to box and be a popular champion."
Do you consider yourself a star?
"There's no such thing."
What are you going to surprise Golovkin with?
"We are working on this in the gym. Good jab, movement, counterattacking. Each blow can decide the outcome of the battle. I get ready and go out to win. I understand that Golovkin is a good boxer, a former world champion, and the best middleweight boxer. He will definitely have surprises up his sleeve for me. I am confident in my abilities. I train in order to go out and show good boxing, to take the championship belt to Ukraine."
Golovkin’s team has repeatedly claimed that doesn’t want to fight with you, and you simply use Gennady’s name to promote yourself. Do you find it offensive?
"I do not pay attention to it. This is just talking. You can say anything. They had to say something. I became a mandatory challenger, there are rules. It is good that the IBF adheres to them and let contenders fight for the championship belt."
Why didn’t you answer back in the same style?
"It is the place where I grew up, the education I received."
As we reported earlier, a fight between Golovkin and Derevyanchenko takes place on October 5, at the Madison Square Garden.