This weekend will see Gennady Golovkin step into the ring again (42nd) as he faces his next challenge against the Ukrainan ‘Technician’ Derevyanchenko to become a two time world champion on Saturday night. There will also be some top eastern European fighting talent on the undercard which will be worth checking out.
Golovkin vs Dereyanchenko
To start off, I guess It’s going to be quite clear from most who everyones favorite will be to win on Saturday and that without a doubt will be Golovkin in my opinion. Not trying to take anything away from Derevyanchenko, but having watched him a couple of times now and in particular the fight against Jacobs, I just can’t see him transfering his amazing amateur career into pros.
Derevyanchenko did get a split decision on the night and showed hard work agaisnt an evasive countering Danny Jacobs on the night, but I felt he never truly threatened him that much on the night as he was outboxed in early rounds and even hit the canvas. (Check out the highlights here)
However it’s good to see his promoter Lou DiBella showing his support and feels his man can beat an aging Golovkin. He said:
“On October 5th at Madison Square Garden, Sergiy Derevyanchenko is showing up to become a superstar in the middleweight division. We know that GGG is one of the best fighters in the world. He’s been a dominant middleweight, he’s absolutely a future Hall of Famer. But at this point in his career, he’s not getting younger, he’s not getting faster, he’s not getting better. Any legitimate world class contender at the highest level, and there aren’t a lot of them, but Sergiy Derevyanchenko is one of them, is an incredible risk to GGG. He’s coming into the Garden to shock the boxing world. It’s not going to be a shock to myself, it’s not going to be a shock to Keith Connolly or Andre Rozier or Gary Stark Sr., and it’s not going to be a shock to Sergiy Derevyanchenko.”
Very confident as you see…
Maybe I’m missing something here but on Saturday we all know that Golovkin will come out once again a go hunting for another KO for his collection. The Kazakhstani is still a big attarraction depsite getting older, and it will be interesting to see if he will stay at middleweight or move up after this bout to seek some bigger fights before he hangs up the gloves.
His new trainer Johnathan Banks will have also had a bit more time to work with Gennady and will be interesting to see if anything changes come Saturday night agaisnt the Ukrainin. I didn’t really see anything that new from GGG against his last opponent Rolls, which was a pretty straight forward victory despite taking some unesscary shots from Rolls. (Check out the highlights here)
In terms of my predicition, once again I expect Golovkin to start fast and go for an early knockout. I’m sure Derevyanchenko and his team know this and will be looking to take the Kazak into the later rounds on Saturday. I think there will be some success doing this, but I just can’t see past Golovkin coming out doing what he does best and getting another comfortable win. Golovkin KO RDS 6-12
A semi decent undercard also takes place before the main event which will see a lot of good eastern European fighters including Baranchyk, Madrimov and Ali Akhmedov. See some the main fights on undercard below:
Ivan Baranchyk vs Gabriel Bracero – Super lightweight contest
Israil Madrimov vs (TBC) – super welterweight contest
Ali Akhmedov vs Andrew Hernandez – WBC Silver Super Middleweight Title
Brian Ceballo vs Ramal Amanov – welterweight contest
Kamil Szeremeta vs Oscar Cortes – middleweight contest
You can watch the fight on DAZN – US/Canada and on Sky Sports in the UK.
For more why not check out my boxing style review on Golovkin here for more insight.
Enjoy the fight and thanks for reading
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