Big boxing card, the main event of which will be a duel of the former middleweight champion of Kazakhstan, Gennady Golovkin against Ukrainian contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko will take place on October 5, 2019, at the legendary arena of Madison Square Garden in New York, Prosports.kz reports. IBF and IBO middleweight champion titles will be at stake.
This match will be broadcasted by DAZN streaming service, which Golovkin has signed a contract with for six fights.
Sergiy made his professional boxing debut in 2014 at the age of 29 and had only 14 professional bouts. But Sergiy, like Gennady, has a rich amateur experience, he had more than 400 fights in the amateur ring.
Already in his 9th professional boxing match, in July 2016, Derevyanchenko went on a twelve-round bout against a former world champion, Sam Soliman, Australia. The fight against Soliman had the status of an IBF qualifier - for first place in the organization's ranking in the middleweight division. Sergiy dealt with Soliman in just two rounds, knocking him down three times during the fight.
In August 2017, Sergiy went on to fight for the status of mandatory contender for the IBF middleweight title in the middleweight division. Derevyanchenko's rival was Bahamian Tureano Johnson. Sergiy defeated Johnson by the way of technical knockout in the 12th round and became a mandatory contender for the IBF middleweight title. The title at that time was owned by Kazakhstani Gennady Golovkin.
Derevyanchenko and Golovkin could meet in 2018, but Gennady chose a pay-per-view fight with Alvarez and was stripped of his IBF title.
In October 2018, it was finally a big break for Sergiy. He was given the chance to fight for the IBF middleweight title against American Daniel Jacobs. The problem for the Ukrainian boxer was that coach Andre Rozier, who was working with both boxers at that time, was on Jacobs' side. Derevyanchenko and Jacobs had a very competitive fight, where Jacobs won by the way of a split decision. Derevyanchenko suffered his first defeat in the professional boxing bout and for the first time in his career was knocked down.
In April 2019, Sergiy fought against German boxer Jack Culkay. He won by unanimous decision and became a mandatory contender for the IBF middleweight title for the second time in his professional career.
At that time, Saul Alvarez, a Mexican, owned the IBF title. Boxer teams negotiated but failed to agree. As a result, Canelo was stripped of his title, and the IBF appointed a fight for the vacant title between Gennady Golovkin (№ 3 in the IBF middleweight rating) and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (№ 1, respectively).
Sergiy has a good job. He will try to work at a close distance. Both are accustomed to working from the offense but Golovkin is expected to press forward, while Derevyanchenko will have to box as the second number, and that is what they are working on in the training camp. In the fight against Tureano Johnson, Sergiy often retreated and worked from his defense, because Johnson was rushing forward like a tank.
Derevyanchenko often takes the right cross through the arm. It was the blow that Culkay shook him with for a couple of times. Gennady does not forgive such mistakes, and he hits stronger than Culkay, so Sergiy will have to work on this mistake.
Culkay imposed the exchanges and Derevyanchenko willingly got involved in them, but they weren’t that successful for him. Culkay outspend him. Many have noticed that Golovkin has slowed down a bit over the last few years, so it will be interesting to see how Gennady acts in the fight against his younger rival.
Golovkin and Derevyanchenko had one common opponent in the professional ring - Daniel Jacobs. Golovkin confidently defeated Jacobs, knocking him down once. On the other hand, Derevyanchenko lost to Jacobs by a split decision of the judges, being knocked down himself.
According to the authoritative boxing portal, Boxrec, Sergiy Derevyanchenko is rated 9th in the rating of the best middleweights of the world, while Golovkin occupies the 2nd place. According to The Ring magazine, Golovkin and Derevyanchenko occupy the 2nd and 6th positions, respectively.
In the upcoming fight, Golovkin is considered as an absolute favorite. The fight is not expected to go the entire distance of twelve rounds. Golovkin has a stronger punch, he works better at the close range and takes the punch much better (GGG has never been knocked down in his professional boxing career). But Golovkin has something to pay attention to from the Derevyanchenko’s side:
- Sergiy is 3 years younger than Gennady.
- In case of the victory, many doors will open before Derevyanchenko, plus he has never been a world champion and he is hungrier as a fighter than Golovkin. This fight for Derevyanchenko is the second (or even maybe the last) chance to become a world champion.
- Coach Andre Rozier will be in Sergiy's corner this time. Rozier is a first-class coach who prepared his fighters twice for their bouts against Golovkin (Curtis Stevens and Daniel Jacobs) and studied him pretty good. I think Rozier will prepare a great plan for the fight. Rozier's absence in Derevyanchenko’s last two fights greatly affected the results of his fights.
Despite the possible outcome, fans can expect a thrilling match for the middleweight supremacy on October 5.