GENNADIY “GGG” GOLOVKIN NARROWLY DEFEATS SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO TO BECOME THE NEW IBF/IBO WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
In what could possibly be a candidate for Fight of the Year, boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) slugged it out for 12 dramatic rounds filled with heart and grit that saw Derevyanchenko hit the canvas in Round 1 and suffer a brutal cut over his right eye in Round 2, but battle back to balance out the scorecards with impressive power shots to the body.
Ultimately, Golovkin out-jabbed and out-punched the Ukrainian warrior to narrowly walk away with his 40th professional victory via a unanimous decision to extend his world champion streak.
In the main features, WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Titlist Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated after a stoppage over Alejando Barrera (29-6, 18 KOs) and WBA Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Titlist Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) unleashed his power on Gabriel Bracero (23-4-1, 6 KOs) that culminated in the ref calling the fight.
Earlier in the evening, WBC Silver International Super Middleweight Titlist Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Andrew Hernandez (20-8-2, 9 KOs) in Round 1 to remain undefeated, Marco Delgado (6-1, 5 KOs) won by TKO after Joe Ward (0-1) suffered a self-injury in a light heavyweight bout, and super middleweight Brooklyn brawler Nikita Ababiy (7-0, 6, KOs) did quick work to knock out Isiah Seldon (13-3-1, 4 KOs) in the first round.
Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin
“I want to say thank you so much to my opponent. This was a great job. I respect his team. I told you, he’s a very tough guy. This is huge experience for me. Right now, I understand I need more. Focus is boxing. This was a tough fight. I need a little bit more. I need to still get stronger in my camp. Just more serious. I need to work hard. I need a little bit more focus.
“Right now it’s bad day for me, it’s a huge day for Sergiy, his team. This is huge experience for me. Right now I know what I need exactly. I lost a little bit of focus. Sergiy was ready, I really respect him. He showed me such a big heart. I told him, Sergiy, this is best fight for me. It’s a huge experience. It’s maximum destroy. I just respect his team.”
Would he agree to a rematch? “Absolutely. Big fight for DAZN, for the people, of course I’m ready. I’m a boxer, I’m ready for anything.”
Does he still want Canelo? “Absolutely, I’m just open to anybody. There are so many great champions here. Sergiy, a lot of guys.”
“Everything is ready, just call Canelo. If he says yes, let’s do it.”
“I feel great. Thank you so much to all my fans, everybody who came to MSG. Thank you to my team. I want to thank everybody,. It was a great night of boxing.”
How did the cut he endured Round 2 affect the rest of the fight? “The cut really changed the fight. I couldn’t see at times. And he was targeting the eye. But no excuses, it is what it is, I was trying my best.”
“When I started moving, I felt like I was giving him room and I was getting hit with those shots that he threw and that’s why I started taking the fight to him and getting closer and not giving him room to maneuver.”
“He hit me in the back of the head. He hit me behind the ear. I didn’t really see the punch but it didn’t really affect me that much. I got up and I wasn’t really hurt so I continued to fight, so it was nothing, nothing too bad.”
Rematch? “I would like the rematch if it’s possible, I’m ready.”