Chaos is about to take place, as Kazakhstan’s longtime Middleweight King 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KO) embarks on his quest towards getting another World Title in his possession, with this one being for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title. Accompanying him to the squared circle on Saturday will be acclaimed amateur & #1 ranked IBF contender 🇺🇦Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1-0, 10KO) who is looking to finally break onto the scene to gain some Championship hardware at the professional level.
Derevyanchenko’s skills have rolled over nicely from the amateurs, to the pros. He compiled an outstanding record of 390-20 in the amateur ranks, and is now currently universally recognized as a top-6 Middleweight on the professional platform. His one lone defeat came at the hands of former Champion 🇺🇸Daniel Jacobs, but Sergiy more than held his own in the contest and made things difficult for the “Miracle Man”, fighting him towards close scoring cards after 12 rounds of action. Taking into account the circumstances of the fight, Derevyanchenko is still technically undefeated as a professional, when he has his full team in tact. As for the Derevyanchenko/Jacobs fight, Head-Trainer 🗣️Andre Rozier had to make a choice of who he was going to train, being that he is the Head-Trainer of both fighters, and went with Jacobs due to loyalty and being with Danny longer, and that gave a bit of a boost for Jacobs to have the Trainer that knows Sergiy best in the other corner of a high caliber prize-fight. Derevyanchenko now has a second opportunity with a full team to go for a World Title, and this time, they will have to go through one of the generations best to get in possession of the IBF strap.
Gennadiy Golovkin, much like his counterpart also had a great amateur career with a record of 345-5, and won a Silver Medal in 2004. GGG comes into this fight as the #2 contender, but it is all academic, as he is on a quest towards getting his belts back that he (and many others) felt that he shouldn’t have lost against ♛🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez in their second encounter, and this fight would be the first step towards doing so, going for the IBF belt that he was once in possession of. Speaking of Canelo, the IBF title was freed up from his grasp after his reluctance to fight Derevyanchenko as his mandatory challenger, balking at his original claim once Golden Boy & DAZN signed the mega-merger deal that he specifically wanted to be Undisputed Middleweight Champion, and this move wasn’t consistent upon going that path. Canelo also put a strain on the business aspect of things as he continues to overlook Golovkin for an important 3rd fight, where a stipulation clause was in the contract for them to have their anticipated 3rd fight within a certain ⏰time-frame, and has looked up at the proposition, and signed up to fight 🇷🇺Sergey Kovalev at Light-Heavyweight after his fight with 🇺🇸Anthony Yarde, where Sergiy showed vulnerabilities that could be exploited going forward, but got the job done on that night. Golovkin also had a chance to fight Derevyanchenko when Canelo was suspended while they were scheduled to fight the first fight on a 🗓️May 5th, 2018 date, but being that Derevyanchenko is the type of opponent, that you want to get a full training camp in for, and with them having limited preparation time, they chose to fight against 🇦🇲Vanes Martirosyan instead. I would say that was a smart move for Golovkin & his team given the circumstances, and with the universe working itself out, we now have here two fighters who had endured full training camps, and will share their individual skill-sets for another chance at glory. This fight will be shown on DAZN, and will take place at Madison Square Garden, New York City on October 5th.