Three quick thoughts after Saturday’s Middleweight fight between Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
MORE SERGIY PLEASE: The two losses on 🇺🇦Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s record have come against the cream of the crop at Middleweight in Danny Jacobs and 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy Golovkin. Although he dropped both fights, he has taken both men the full distance and pushed them to their limits, showing that when you step in the ring with the “Technician” it’s gonna be a hard days work.
The 33 year old Ukrainian has proven he belongs in the discussion with the best at 160, and makes a great fight with any of the Champions or top contenders. Whether it’s a rematch with Golovkin or a battle with 🇺🇸Demetrius Andrade or any of the other current top 5 guys right now, fans want to see more from Derevyanchenko and there isn’t a bad fight to be made with him involved.
DID WE SEE THE REAL GGG SATURDAY?: Saturday’s display from Derevyanchenko was fantastic, there’s no doubt about that, but as the fight unfolded the speculation began that there was something different about the Golovkin we were watching in the ring.
The most common and obvious reaction was the belief that at the age of 37, the years and battles were starting to show in the Kazahk warrior. Post fight however, Golovkin’s trainer Johnathon Banks and promoter Eddie Hearn have revealed that he had been pretty ill in the week leading up to the fight. To GGG’s credit it’s not an excuse he was interested in using and it really seems like something he preferred not to even be revealed.
A rematch with Derevyanchenko may be the most beneficial thing for all parties involved. Gennadiy has the opportunity to show any detractors what he still has, Derevyachenko gets another crack at the title, and fans get a second dose of a great matchup.
WILL BARANCHYK’S WILD STYLE BE HIS UNDOING?: While the rough physical nature Russian Super Lightweight 🇧🇾Ivan Baranchyk brings to the ring will be a headache for anyone that steps in with him, it will be capitalized on by the top level fighters.
It was clearly in Baranchyk’s mind that Bracero would eventually succumb to the rough nature of the fight, but even still the execution crossed the line to being sloppy many times. Being the bully in the ring is a role Baranchyk happily plays but champions like Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis and I will even go so far to say young Vergil Ortiz Jr can counter his attack and make him pay for it in the ring. I’d like to see Baranchyk reel it in and fight more patient and under control. We will see if that improves in future bouts.