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Charlo: Derevyanchenko Didn't Win Golovkin Fight; Made It Closer Than Expected

Jermall Charlo commended Sergiy Derevyanchenko for making his last middleweight title fight more competitive than many might’ve expected.

Charlo definitely doesn’t think Derevyanchenko did enough to upset Gennadiy Golovkin, though. The unbeaten WBC middleweight champion believes Derevyanchenko deservedly is coming off a loss entering their 12-round, 160-pound championship match September 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“He didn’t win the fight, but I mean, he definitely made it a lot closer than a lot of people probably expected,” Charlo stated during a virtual press conference recently to promote their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event. “I don’t think people knew that Sergiy’s style – you know, they haven’t seen him as much as they’ve seen Golovkin – but like I said, the fight played out. It was a lot closer than people expected it to be, but he didn’t win the fight.”

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Kazakhstan’s Golovkin narrowly won their unforgettable slugfest on all three scorecards 9½ months ago at Madison Square Garden.

Judges Frank Lombardi and Eric Molinski each scored seven rounds for Golovkin and had him ahead 115-112 when their fan-friendly fight concluded. Judge Kevin Morgan scored six rounds apiece for Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) and Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs), but he gave Golovkin a one-point win due to the questionable knockdown Golovkin produced during the first round.

CompuBox credited Golovkin for landing only 13 more punches overall than Derevyanchenko (243-of-720 to 230-of-738). Derevyanchenko connected with more punches against Golovkin than any previous opponent, according to CompuBox, in the IBF middleweight champion’s 11-year, 42-fight pro career.

Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko, 34, hasn’t boxed since Golovkin edged him in their fight for the then-vacant IBF middleweight title October 5 in New York. The 2008 Olympian is the number one contender for Charlo’s championship, but Houston’s Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) opted to face Derevyanchenko before the WBC declared him Charlo’s mandatory challenger.

On paper, Derevyanchenko is the toughest opponent Charlo has agreed to face since the former IBF junior middleweight champ moved up from the 154-pound division three years ago.

Numerous Internet sports books have made Charlo a slight favorite to win what will be one of two main events of Showtime’s six-fight, day-night pay-per-view event September 26. Jermall Charlo’s twin brother, Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs), is scheduled to meet Dominican champion Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) in the other main event – a 12-round, 154-pound title unification fight for Charlo’s WBC title and Rosario’s IBF, IBO and WBA belts.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by El_Mero on 07-30-2020

[QUOTE=BLASTER1;20677972]Nah bro he gets more credit for being truthful.[/QUOTE] Thrn basically if he wins, G did it already and derv is that much older now.

Comment by Jab jab boom on 07-29-2020

[QUOTE=FloydAndCanelo;20679000]Canelo beat GGG “Mexican” style.[/QUOTE] if by Mexican style you mean he got help from the judges the way Chavez did Whitaker, then sure, he won Mexican style.

Comment by FloydAndCanelo on 07-29-2020

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20676782]Regardless of what the record may say, Derevyanchenko has a stronger argument for beating Ggg than anyone Ggg has faced so far in his career.[/QUOTE] Canelo beat GGG “Mexican” style.

Comment by TonyGe on 07-29-2020

[QUOTE=chubuk7;20677452]Whatch again an let me know. It was very close IMO.[/QUOTE] I had it 7 rounds to 5 for Derevyanchenko when I watched it again. So even with the knockdown Derev won by one point. Being a fan of Golovkin…

Comment by Doubledagger on 07-28-2020

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;20677053]And also, didn't the boxing world accept bogus Floyd's excuse of dehydration for taking huge IV's in the Pacquiao training camp? Yeah, that's what I thought. Forgot about that, huh?[/QUOTE] What does that have to do with what I…

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