By Michael Woods
Sergey Derevyanchenko is a throwback sort, and that type of fighter can get lost in the shuffle, now and again, because loudness and brashness and noisemaking gets rewarded these days, with social media mud-slinging getting media coverage as much or more than actual in-the-ring action.
But the Crimea-born Brooklyn resident is, I think, going to be OK over-all, because his throwback nature means he’s willing and able to lace them up and rumble with no advance notice.
I managed to shoe-horn some quotes from the 32 year old, who prefers to let his fists do most of his talking for him, typically.
Trained by Andre Rozier, and managed by Keith Connolly, advised by Al Haymon, the 11-0 pro is rated No. 1 by the IBF at 160. The titlist in that sphere is Gennady Golovkin, who is in hurry up and wait mode regarding word of a sequel against Canelo Alvarez.
Derevyanchenko had hoped to return to the ring last weekend, against fellow unbeaten Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs).
According to the Eastern Euro fighter, Andrade was unwilling to go forward - citing that he wasn't given enough time to prepare.
"I was very disappointed when the Demetrius Andrade fight fell apart for December 16, because I had the same amount of time to get ready as he did and I accepted all the terms because I am a fighter and I'm willing to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere,” Derevyanchenko told me through an interpreter, for BoxingScene.com.
"We will see in the next month or so if we can remake the fight for sometime in the first few months of the year and we will see if Demetrius will really fight me or if he is scared!”
And if the 25-0 Rhode Islander Andrade wants to opt for another challenge?
“If he does not want to fight me I will depend on my two managers, Keith Connolly and Al Haymon and my promoter Lou DiBella to secure the best opportunity out there for me. I am expecting 2018 to be my big year in boxing," Derevyanchenko said.
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