It’s fight night in New York City! Fight fans will descend upon Madison Square Garden to see future Hall of Famer, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KOs) take on Sergey Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10KOs) for the vacant IBF and WBO Middleweight Titles. It’s a battle of experience versus will.
GGG, 37, is battle tested, having dominated the Middleweight division for years and beaten all of the top fighters in the weight class with the exception of the former middleweight titleholder, Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Sergiy, 33, on the other hand is a relatively inexperienced further in the professional ranks, having only fought in 14 total fights, with only one of those fights coming against an top-tier fighter in the division in Daniel “Miracleman” Jacobs for the IBF Title. Sergiy made a good account of himself, but ultimately lost that fight by split decision.
Many fans are wondering if Sergiy can get over the hump in his second fight for a title. Sergiy has always been a determined and focused fighter. He brings grit and Ukranian scrappiness to the ring. He has trained hard for this fight.
Despite the loss, Derevyanchenko feels that the fight against Jacobs proved that his is an elite Middleweight fighter and prepared him for this fight. “
“The Jacob’s fight but also Culcay as well gave me the experience (needed) to be prepared at the title level,” notes the 33-year old, who represented Ukraine in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Those fights proved that I am on the elite level (of middleweights). Now, I have the experience and am prepared for anything this Saturday.”
However, despite Derevyanchenko diligence on training for the fight, the oddsmakers still have what they call one of the most fearsome boxers of this generation, if not the most terrifying with a 90 percent knockout rate as the major favorite with odds at -435.
With that said, it all goes down tonight. If you’re unable to attend in person, then you can catch the fight on DAZN, with the undercard starting at 7pm EST.
Despite the the odds being stacked agains Derevyanchenko, a fight is still a fight and all it takes is one punch to change a fighter’s destiny. Derevyanchenko is hungry to cement his legacy in the sport of boxing, and this indeed would be a signature victory for him if he’s able to pull it off.