Golovkin Set To Face Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: August 21, 2019
The return of the former Middleweight king Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) has been set to take place on October 5. Golovkin will face Ukrainian Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant IBF Middleweight championship.
The bout will take place at the acclaimed Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. The match will count as the seventh appearance Golovkin has made at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and the fifth he will have headlined in the main arena.
The bout came to fruition as negotiations failed between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Dereveyanchenko forcing the IBF to strip Alvarez of the title he won against Daniel Jacobs just this past May. The IBF stripped Alvarez on August 1.
The Kazakhstani power puncher will have the edge in professional experience over his opponent; however, Derevyanchenko is far from a novice.
The Ukrainian amassed an amateur boxing record of 390-20 including going 23-1 in the World Series of Boxing, which comprised of amateur boxers being able to fight in five three-minute round bouts without affecting their amateur standings.
As a professional with fewer than 15 fights, Derevyanchenko has faced some stiff competition including the likes of former Middleweight contenders Sam Soliman and Tureano Johnson in which he scored two stoppage victories.
The bout that Derevyanchenko is best known for is his fight with Daniel Jacobs that took place in October 2018. The two fought for the vacant IBF Middleweight championship that was stripped from Golovkin as he chose to forego facing Derevyanchenko before his rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Jacobs ended up winning a razor-thin split decision victory with many observers having the Ukrainian as the winner. The scorecards were 115-112 twice with one judge scoring the fight for Derevyanchenko at 114-113.
Derevyanchenko, 33, who now resides in Brooklyn, New York rebounded from his loss to Jacobs by winning a unanimous decision in an IBF title eliminator over Germany’s Jack Culcay.
Golovkin, whose career has primarily been centered around Canelo Alvarez over the last few years, now has the opportunity to regain a title he held for almost three years.
Following Golovkin’s close and controversial rematch with Alvarez, he returned to the ring with a new trainer in Johnathon Banks against Canada’s Steve Rolls in June of this year.
Golovkin made quick work of Rolls stopping him in the fourth round.
The bout with Derevyanchenko will show fans and pundits alike where Golovkin currently stands in the Middleweight landscape.
Although most observers had Golovkin winning both bouts with Alvarez, there is a feeling that at 37 years of age he is no longer in his prime and on the downside of his career.
The implications this bout will have on both pugilists future could be enormous. The winner will hold the IBF Middleweight championship and could be next in line to face Alvarez in 2020.