Sergiy Derevyanchenko is determined to make it third time lucky, as he prepares himself for his Showtime Pay-Per-View clash with WBC world middleweight champion Jermall Charlo on September 26.
The clash at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino will act as co-main event alongside Jermell Charlo’s world super welterweight title unification clash with Jeison Rosario.
Derevyanchenko’s last outing came against current IBF/IBO world middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin, and the Ukrainian discussed the after-effects of the ‘GGG’ clash.
Derevyanchenko said, “I felt I won the GGG fight and I was disappointed that I didn’t get the result but that’s boxing. I was proud to put on a great fight and show the boxing the world that I am at the top of the middleweight division.
“We had a great camp for the GGG fight and that reflected in the performance I believe. Andre Rozier, Gary Stark Sr, Sergiy Korchynskyy Jr, and the team at SNAC were fantastic. I had great sparring with the likes of Edgar Berlanga Jr and it showed in the fight.
“I rested well after the fight but I always train and stay ready for the call to come from my advisor Keith Connolly who has been a blessing in my career. When the call come for Charlo, I was ready to get straight back into the camp lifestyle and continue working on the improvements that I made prior to GGG.”
Derevyanchenko now heads into a PPV main event. ‘The Technician’ gave his insight into his thought process ahead of the Charlo clash.
“Charlo is a very good talent. You don’t become world champion by luck. He is a good fighter and I am preparing myself for the best Jermall Charlo and I believe that will lead to a great fight on Showtime PPV. This fight will be a real PPV fight," Derevyanchenko said.
“I believe I am still improving. Team Havoc are always pushing me to improve in different ways. Every day is different and I am pushed to continue to improve as much as I can in every session. My energy to get better is still there and I am getting a better fighter.
“This fight is going to be a great fight, but I believe that my experience and skill set will be too much for Charlo. I mean no disrespect, but I believe I am at a level where Jermall has never been at before. He has not boxed anybody with my skills, and it will show on the night when I become WBC middleweight champion of the world.”