Gennady Golovkin, 39-1-1, 35 KO, dresses back down to the middleweight limit after a brief flirtation with Supermiddle, but this time for vacant IBF/IBO middleweight titles vs Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, 13-1, 10 KO @Madison Square Garden, New York, New York this Saturday, October 5th.
Sergiy, aka The Technician, hasn’t much pro experience, but what he has is solid including a disputed split decision loss to the highly regarded Daniel Jacobs, so this is no walk over for Golovkin. At soon to be age 35 this month, his Olympic credentials may not make a perfect match for Golovkin’s silver medal, but according to ESPN, he compiled a amateur mark of 390-20, which included him representing his country in the 2008 Olympic Games in China. He was “beat” in the semis by the eventual Cuban Silver medalist Emilio Correa Jr whose father won Gold in 1972 Olympics. Every one knows the host, China in this case, always gets favorable sway in the judging, and Cuba one of the few pure Communist countries left, so a lot of favoritism me thinks. Sergiy’s Ukrainian years included the company of current highly rated champs in Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk with whom he sparred with, actually holding a record of 1-1 against Usyk. In the “semipro” WSB” league, he was 23-1, 7 KO, so both his amateur and pro record is very deceptive indeed although I am still somewhat suspicious about that amateur mark ESPN reported.
Though Golovkin has not looked the sharpest ever since Saul Alvarez destroyed his mythical mystique in boxing while thus far snubbing their trilogy, instead preferring a bigger fight for a Light Heavy challenge against the harder hitting Sergey Kovalev. The 37 year old Golovkin came under fire for fighting the lightly regarded Steve Rolls, and though looking tubby and rusty and perhaps jaded in that fight, it’s hard not to see him as winning this fight, but then again Sergiy looks supremely confident unlike other Golovkin foes who looked dead on arrival as soon as he was able to crack them.
As to any knockout, Sergiy seems to be very durable, but Golovkin would be the biggest puncher he ever faced, so it could be a very good technical fight for both with perhaps some fireworks by the end. Props to both and perhaps best not bet the farm on the favorite for this one…just sayin!