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Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko: How and why we're here

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Gennady Golovkin will likely face the much-avoided Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October or November as the latter's talks with Canelo Alvarez have broken down.

Who Canelo will fight is anyone's guess but he when he enters the ring next he'll do so without the IBF Middleweight Title which he's been stripped of for not facing Sergiy.

Given DAZN approved of Canelo vs Derevyanchenko the network should have no problem accepting GGG vs Derevyanchenko. Moreover, look for the newly-vacated strap to be contested when it happens.

Perhaps Team Alvarez believe Sergiy is too much risk at the moment and would prefer giving up a strap than have its man step in the ring with the Ukrainian later this year.

But, let's not forget Golovkin previously had a chance to face Sergiy, then his IBF mandatory opponent, in May 2018 when GGG needed a replacement for Canelo. Alvarez, of course, then the WBC's mandatory opponent for GGG, was forced to pull out of his scheduled rematch with Golovkin due to failed drug tests.

Instead of fighting Sergiy, GGG, then a unified middleweight champion, relinquished his IBF title to face Vanes Martirosyan who hadn't fought in 2 years and was coming up from 154.

But Team Derevyanchenko had lobbied hard for Golovkin fight, insisting the IBF was next in the rotation (after the WBC) and pushed to mandate GGG vs Sergiy.

"By immediately ordering that Mr. Golovkin satisfy his mandatory obligation by fighting Mr. Derevyanchenko, the IBF will not just be making the proper decision pursuant to its rules, but also shall ensure that its title and the boxers in its ratings are not held hostage,” wrote Alex Dombroff, an attorney for Derevyanchenko’s promoter, Lou DiBella.

Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko
Date: Oct 5 or Nov
Title: IBF Middleweight
Location: TBD

Unlike Canelo and Golovkin thus far, Daniel Jacobs agreed to face Derevyanchenko and eked out a hard fought split decision over the Ukrainian last October ti win the vacant IBF title.

Two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Jacobs, who earned a first-round knockdown, and one judge gave it to Sergiy 114-113. ESPN.com also had it 115-112 for Jacobs.

Seven months later, Jacobs would lose the strap to WBC/WBA Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez in a title unification bout.

"Sergiy is one of the most skillful I've ever been in with, and he's been avoided for a reason, but I wanted the strap, so I had to take it. It's risk and reward," Daniel Jacobs said after defeating Sergiy in 2018.

It's not difficult to realize why Derevyanchenko is an avoided fighter. He boasts stoppage wins over Tureano Johnson (then 20-1, 14 KO) and former belt-holder Sam Soliman. Moreover, the 33-year-old Ukrainian has a deep amateur pedigree, winning a bronze medal at middleweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships and subsequently representing his native Ukraine at the 2012 Olympics.

“I wanted to fight Golovkin,” Derevyanchenko told BoxingScene.com in May 2018. “I wanted to fight a big name, but I’m not disappointed because here I have now another fight for the title. I have a good chance against another good boxer. (Daniel Jacobs). And maybe in the future, if I win, maybe I can fight Golovkin or somebody else.”


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