Undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) is very motivated to topple his sparring partner, Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) - as they are set to collide for the vacant IBF world middleweight title.
The fight takes place on Saturday, October 27 at the Hulu Theater from Madison Square Garden in New York. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Jacobs has been rebuilding his position after losing a twelve round decision to Gennady Golovkin in March 2017.
Since that loss, he won back to back fights over undefeated contenders Luis Arias and Maciej Sulecki.
Derevyanchenko is being fast-tracked after compiling an amateur record of 390-20, as well as a 23-1 ledger in the World Series of Boxing, and representing Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, before turning pro in July 2014.
In a final IBF eliminator for mandatory status, Derevyanchenko halted Tureano Johnson in the twelfth and final frame in their August 2017 clash.
The belt became vacant when Golovkin was stripped for not going forward with his mandatory obligation, and instead opting to take his rematch against Canelo Alvarez.
Jacobs and Derevyanchenko were training partners for several years, under veteran coach Andre Rozier.
The situation placed Rozier in a very tight situation, when the IBF ordered two of his fighters to collide for a vacant world title.
For this fight, Rozier will be in Jacobs' corner, while Gary Stark Sr. will take over head trainer responsibilities for Derevyanchenko.
"I'm a step away from my dream and I will not miss this chance," said Derevyanchenko.
"From my time in the amateurs to my pro career, this has been a long time coming for me. I've beaten everyone they've put in front of me to earn this shot. Having trained with Danny, I know him very well and we are friends. However, it will be strictly business in the ring. I will not be denied. The belt will be mine."