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Daniel Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko: Stats & Stakes

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by Cliff Rold

This is the beginning of goodbye.

While industry speculation was in the air well before, the aftermath of Saul Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II made it official. HBO Boxing will soon join the Gillette, the commentary of Don Dunphy, and Wide World of Sports as part of the rich broadcasting history of the sport.

As part of boxing’s past.

The future isn’t quite here yet.

This weekend, one of the final HBO show will be headlined by a middleweight fight for a vacant title that looks good on paper and may mean more than it appears to heading into 2019.

The new landscape of boxing is already seeing plenty of jockeying for position. Fans who hope for a new era where all the fights they want happen more rapidly than in years past will be disappointed. Fans who can’t get enough inside baseball should pay close attention here.

Right now, the middleweight division is critical. It’s WBC, WBA, and lineal champion also happens to be the biggest active money draw in the sport. Alvarez has signed a multi-year deal with DAZN. DAZN also has WBO middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade in their tent.

The only belt that isn’t firmly in the DAZN wheelhouse is the IBF belt. Its vacancy will be rectified Saturday night (HBO, 10 PM EST). A Jacobs win would likely be a good thing for DAZN, lining him up for a potential showdown with Alvarez. A Derevyanchenko win would be a wild card at a time when the PBC lacks a foothold in the class.

The fight in the ring should be good. The fight outside might be too.   

Let’s get into it.

Stats and Stakes

Daniel Jacobs

Age: 31

Title/Previous Titles: None (Previously held a WBA sub-title)

Height: 5’11 ½

Weight: 159 ¾ lbs.

Stance: Orthodox

Hails from: Brooklyn, New York

Record: 34-2, 29 KO, 1 KOBY

Press Rankings: #2 (Ring), #3 (TBRB, ESPN, BoxRec), #5 (Boxing Monthly)

Record in Major Title Fights: 0-2, 1 KOBY (5-2, 5 KO, 1 KOBY including WBA sub-title fights)

Last Five Opponents: 140-4-3 (.963)

Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: Ishe Smith UD10; Dmitry Pirog TKO by 5; Caleb Truax TKO12; Sergio Mora TKO2; Peter Quillin TKO1; Sergio Mora TKO7; Gennady Golovkin L12

 Vs.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Titles/Previous Titles: None

Age: 32

Height: 5’9 

Weight: 159 ¼ lbs.

Stance: Orthodox

Hails from: Brooklyn, New York (Born in Ukraine) 

Record: 12-0, 10 KO (36-1, 17 KO including World Series of Boxing Results)

Press Rankings: #4 (Ring), #6 (TBRB, ESPN), #8 (Boxing Monthly), #9 (BoxRec)

Record in Major Title Fights: 1st major title opportunity 

Last Five Opponents: 104-37-4 (.731)

Current/Former World Champions Faced: Sam Soliman TKO2 

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The Case for Jacobs: No one can say Jacobs is taking the easy road. This fight will present him with his fifth undefeated foe in six fights. Jacobs can lean on that experience against an opponent who is making what appears a massive step up in class. He’s a big puncher but so is Derevyanchenko; where Jacobs has some solid advantages are in height and almost five inches of reach on paper. Jacobs has good feet and a long, hard jab that will make Derevyanchenko work hard to get close. Jacobs should have the edge in speed and those critical inches his jab give him can exacerbate it. If the knockout comes, Jacobs can take it but his best bet is to box smart, steady, and avoid prolonged exchanges.

The Case for Derevyanchenko: Like his countryman and former teammate Vasyl Lomachenko, Derevyanchenko is more experienced than his official professional record. He had 24 fights in the World Series of Boxing competitions that straddled the line between pro and amateur (fighters were paid). The 2007 World Amateur bronze medalist and 2008 Olympian put his punches together well, can work off the back foot, has a sneaky jab, and is good at forcing fighters to bend down to find him. Derevyanchenko is also clever about mixing up the speed of his punches. Sometimes he can look lumbering and then he explodes with sharp, quick shots. If he can draw Jacobs into range and make things physical, he can win.

The Pick: Jacobs is a fun fighter in part because he’s vulnerable. We saw him knocked out by Pirog, almost knocked out by Mora, and come off the floor to give Golovkin his toughest fight to then in 2017. He’s had to the sort of character building moments Derevyanchenko hasn’t yet under the brightest professional lights. Those lights shouldn’t overwhelm the Ukrainian. He’s been on plenty of big stages around the world and has to know this is the biggest opportunity he’s going to get. A loss at age 32, given the landscape of the division, would be a hard setback. Can he take a shot from Jacobs? If he can, Derevyanchenko has enough craft, power, and varied offense to pull off the upset. On a hunch, this corner is going with Derevyanchenko in a mild upset on Saturday night.

Additional Weekend Picks

Kubrat Pulev Dec. Hughie Fury

Alberto Machado TKO Yaundale Evans

WBSS: Ivan Baranchyk Dec. Anthony Ygit

WBSS: Regis Prograis TKO Terry Flanagan

Randy Petalcorin Dec. Felix Alvarado

Rold Picks 2018: 45-16 

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crold1 on 10-27-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19227007]Daniel Jacobs ain't 26.[/QUOTE] I know. My bad. Typed over the stats piece from last week and missed that. Happens sometimes and out in for a change. Thanks for the catch. :)

Comment by kushking on 10-27-2018

Can't wait for this fight,this will be a potential fight of the yr on paper! My prediction is they'll give it to Jacobs even if he loses by a rd or 2,NY judges are known for giving the close rds…

Comment by A.K on 10-27-2018

[QUOTE=chubuk7;19227172]Pal, Sergiy even speaks Ukrainian and Derevyanchenko is not Russian. Capish?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=cameltoe;19227207]In the same way America is basically Canada. Oh wait you’re in LA. That’s basically Mexico. It’s even named in Spanish.[/QUOTE] Except America isn’t nicknamed corner of United States…

Comment by cameltoe on 10-27-2018

[QUOTE=A.K;19227110]Listen man Ukrainian just means corner of Russia[/QUOTE] In the same way America is basically Canada. Oh wait you’re in LA. That’s basically Mexico. It’s even named in Spanish.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-27-2018

[QUOTE=Kiowhatta;19227136]I hate to be the grammatical standards police, but in this case, Jacobs isn't 26 - he's only a year younger than his opponent. This looks a good matchup on paper, but that doesn't always translate into FOTY candidate. I…

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