Sergiy Derevyanchenko, where have you been?

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In BoxingScene's 2019 Fight of the Year, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO) nearly upset goliath Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) on October 5th.

Although all three of the official scores favored Golovkin, 114-113 and 115-112 twice, many thought Sergiy deserved the nod. But win or lose, Derevyanchenko certainly made a name for himself.

The fight started in usual Golovkin fashion with GGG earning a knockdown at the 2 minute mark of Round 1. At the time, who would have thought we'd subsequently see GGG struggle at times against the Ukrainian. In fact, GGG seemed to be badly hurt to the body in Round 8.

Once thought to be invincible at middleweight, Golovkin looked vulnerable at times for the very first time in his career. Not only did he find himself in a precarious state in the eighth, he, throughout the fight, absorbed a lot of good, flush shots to the head, retreated at times after punch exchanges and missed a lot of shots that found the target on previous opponents.

Did Golovkin have an off night? Is he starting to show the effects of wear and tear on from all the years of fighting and 350+ amateur fights? Is Sergiy Derevyanchenko a one-hit wonder or is he that good?

The angles, body work, countering, durability, mental toughness and athleticism.... Is Derevyanchenko a beast? He looked like one in October.

One thing is for sure, he's faded out of sight and mind since his heroic stand against the great GGG in October.

After the post-fight buzz he generated, we haven't heard much from or about Sergiy.

Derevyanchenko's handlers should be trying to parlay their fighter's newfound stock into something bigger. Instead, we've hardly heard a peep.

What's going on, Mr. Haymon?

Why is PBC not keeping Derevyanchenko's fire burning? He was a hot topic a few months ago as fans excitedly discussed a potential rematch with Golovkin as well as fights with Canelo Alvarez, Demetrius Andrade and Callum Smith, and the other powerbrokers from 160 to 168.

Sergiy needs to be active. Not only should he be kept in public consciousness following the GGG fight, he's already 34 and can ill-afford long gaps between bouts.

Did he recently get married and go on an extended honeymoon? Is there an injury we don't know about?

If he fights next in July to end a 9 month layoff, how many people will care? He will have lost considerable juice with the fans by then.

Perhaps PBC is negotiating hard to get Derevyanchenko a fight before May? If so, no one is saying anything.

Despite being the WBC's No. 1 ranked middleweight, he's No. 7 with the IBF and WBO and is unranked by the WBA.Coming off a lose, he probably doesn't deserve Canelo Alvarez next but what about WBC (Regular) Champion Jermall Charlo (30-0)?

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Derevyanchenko vs highly-ranked Jaime Munguia (35-0) anyone?

At the very least, Derevyanchenko should be getting considerably more buzz than he's been getting the last three months.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko, where have you been?

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Big Lou DiBella is the problem here!!
As intelligent as Big Lou DiBella is when it comes to the business of boxing, for some reason he hasn't quite figured out that no one wants to work with someone who is a "pain in the arse"!!

This is why no one is calling him with an offer for his man Derevyanchenko. Couple that with the obvious risk vs. reward factor, and voila!! You get one of the most avoided fighters in boxing.

I think Lou finally should hang up his promotional outfit, and go back to running a network like DAZN. When he was running HBO Sports, boxing was thriving and he did an amazing job. DAZN needs someone who is going to look out for the best interest of the network, and that isn't a promoter. Promoters will look out for their fighters first and foremost...who suffers? The fans.

DiBella for President of Boxing Programming on DAZN!!
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