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Derevyanchenko: Golovkin Beat Canelo, But I Saw Problems

By Luke Furman

Middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs) is the IBF's mandatory challenger to world champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

He was a very interested observer when Golovkin defended his four world titles against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) last month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After an exciting showdown that saw both have their moments, the fight ended in a controversial twelve round split draw.

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A rematch is now being negotiated, likely to take place in May of 2018, as part of Cinco De Mayo weekend.

The second fight will force Derevyanchenko to sit back and wait for his mandatory shot at the winner.

Derevyanchenko felt Golovkin was the clear winner of the contest.

"As expected, Golovkin and Alvarez showed us a very good fight. If we want to talk about the scoring, then I'll say right away that Golovkin won," Derevyanchenko told reporter Anuar Abdrakhmanov.

"At first glance, it seemed to me that the fight was close, because there were times when Alvarez made a very good account of himself. Then, when I had the opportunity to watch the fight in a calm atmosphere, I came to the conclusion that Golovkin was better and more precise. Alvarez won about four rounds. At the beginning of the fight, [Canelo] took some rounds and in the end, in the 12th, he looked good - but if we take the overall picture of the fight, then Golovkin was better."

In a recent interview, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was highly critical of Golovkin's fighting style in the ring. Lomachenko, regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport, felt Golovkin was using the same combination over and over and made no adjustments in the fight.

Derevyanchenko agrees with Lomachenko. The two of them were stablemates on the very respected Ukrainian amateur team.

"Yes [I agree with Lomachenko]. If you take a look at [Golovkin's] recent fights, then you would see that Golovkin worked like this. Of course, there was a fight with David Lemieux, where Gennady worked perfectly and showed his entire technical, tactical arsenal," Derevyanchenko said.

"But with Jacobs and Alvarez - Golovkin was repetitive and just went forward. I think with Alvarez, Golovkin was unable to put his combinations together,  because the Mexican did not allow him to put those attacks together. From the first round, Golovkin tried to land big punches, and Alvarez saw everything coming."

"In principle, Golovkin always goes out and wants to finish the fight ahead of schedule. Gennady strongly invests in his power punches, and he did not hide his punches. If he worked in a less predictable manner, then the punches would have probably had a better chance to reach the target."

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vnecaxa on 10-04-2017

Derev, Jacobs, Charlo and Lemiux should fight among themselves with the winner fighting the winner of GGG and Canellow in Sep 2018 and stop calling GGG out every change they get.

Comment by sicko on 10-03-2017

I wouldn't mind seeing Derevyanchenko get his shot, he will likely have to wait awhile and I'm not sure if he will get it not because GGG is afraid of him but more so because GGG is looking for BIG…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=miked85;18109000]BJS is fighting khan, ggg is a hypocrite if he suspends his activity till May just for CANELO, he should fight Charlo or sergi derevychenko before then[/QUOTE] It would be ideal to see GGG fight before May of next year…

Comment by Mammoth on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=miked85;18109000]BJS is fighting khan[/QUOTE] Lol is it signed?

Comment by miked85 on 10-03-2017

BJS is fighting khan, ggg is a hypocrite if he suspends his activity till May just for CANELO, he should fight Charlo or sergi derevychenko before then

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