On Saturday, October 5th, former unified Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KOs) will clash with Sergey “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
They will be fighting for the vacant IBF title that was stripped from Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35KOs) for failing to come to terms for a fight against Derevyanchenko. It’s ironic because GGG was also stripped of his IBF title for refusing to fight Sergiy on short notice, when his then opponent, Canelo, failed a drug test and was forced out of their rematch. All-in-all, this should be an entertaining fight. It will be interesting to see how Derevyanchenko approaches the fight style wise. Will he try to box more? Or does he think GGG has aged enough for him to be physical and gritty and bang with him on the inside?
Golovkin is coming off a dominant KO win over previously undefeated Steve Rolls (19-1, 10KOs). But don’t let that unbeaten record fool you. Rolls had no business being in the ring with a top tier talent like GGG. It was a soft touch and now GGG has a real fight on his hands. Looking at this from a stylistic standpoint alone, it has the makings of a “Big Drama Show”.
On the flipside, there are many questions. How much does Golovkin have left in the tank? Is he physically on the decline? Does he have enough to make one last title run? Judging from what we have seen his past 3 to 4 fights, he is definitely still has what it takes. He still has a bulletproof chin, taking all Canelo had to throw at him in 24 rounds of action, and giving as good as he was getting. Would we be asking these questions if the judge’s scorecards had gone the other way? Probably not as much. GGG is still GGG. He’s still one of the most dangerous punchers in boxing. This fight will tell us where he stands.
Derevyanchenko fought Jack “Golden Jack” Culcay (26-4, 13KOs) back in June and won a unanimous decision. It was a good fight, it was close, competitive and Culcay gave Sergiy all he could handle, especially in the late rounds, where Derevyanchenko appeared to be hurt. It could have just been an off night for Sergiy. He could have overlooked Culcay a little bit. Maybe Culcay gave him more of a fight than he had expected. This is professional boxing and no matter the opponent, anything can happen. It’s easier to get out of bed in the morning for Golovkin though versus a guy like Culcay.
Experience will be a major difference in this fight. GGG is the more experienced pro, he’s seen it all. He appeared to defeat Canelo Alvarez in their first bout but the judges were watching another fight I guess. They went life and death in their second bout.
Both fighters share a common opponent, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3, 29KOs). Golovkin defeated Jacobs back in March of 2017. Derevyanchenko dropped a split decision to Jacobs in October of last year. Both were close fights, so on paper it seems as if this should be a close fight.
We all know styles make fights. Golovkin and Derevyanchenko just mesh well style-wise and I can see them slugging it out. I can see Sergiy staying in the pocket a little too long, which we have seen from him in the past. That could pose some serious problems for him. GGG is no Culcay. If he lands those same clean shots on Sergiy, it’s going to be over before we know it. Sergiy will respect Golovkin’s power a bit more, and hopefully fight more cautious.
One problem I see Sergiy running into is if GGG decides to fight a high paced fight and just applies pressure constantly from the opening bell. Derevyanchenko is a very good boxer but his stamina could be better. If this fight goes the distance and GGG is coming forward with his relentless style, that we saw him showcase in both fights vs Canelo, it’s going to be rough for Derevyanchenko. If it’s that type of fight, I see GGG scoring the KO/TKO in the middle to late rounds. If GGG decides to box him, or fight more cautious, I can see Derevyankchenko lasting the entire twelve rounds and this being a closer fight than most people think. My Prediction: GGG by TKO in late rounds.
The fight will be shown on DAZN app/website in the USA. The main card will begin at 9:00PM ET. UK fans can see the fight on Sky Sports. There are some top prospects on the card; will be interesting to see what they can do.
- Ali Akhmedov (15-0, 11KOs) vs. Andrew Hernandez (20-7-2, 9KOs), Super Middleweight, 10 rounds
- Ivan Baranchyk (19-1, 12KOs) vs. Gabriel Bracero (25-3-1, 6KOs), Super Lightweight, 10 rounds
- Israil Madrimov (3-0, 3KOs) vs. Alejandro Barrera (29-5, 18KOs), Junior Middleweight, 10 rounds
- Brian Ceballo (10-0, 5KOs) vs. Ramal Amanov (16-0, 5KOs), Welterweight, 8 rounds
- Kamil Szeremeta (20-0, 4KOs) v Oscar Cortes (27-4, 14KOs), Middleweight, 8 rounds
- Joseph Ward (0-0) vs Marco Delgado (5-1, 4KOs), Light Heavyweight, 6 rounds
- Nikita Ababiy (6-0, 5KOs) vs. Isiah Seldon (13-2, 4KOs), Super Middleweight, 6 rounds