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DiBella: Derevyanchenko Fought GGG Like A F***ing Warrior!

NEW YORK – By the end of the second round Saturday night, Sergiy Derevyanchenko didn’t appear ready to give Gennadiy Golovkin what evolved into the fight of the middleweight champion’s life.

Golovkin dropped Derevyanchenko in the first round, albeit with a right hand Derevyanchenko believes landed on the back of his head. In the following round, Golovkin’s left hook caused a nasty laceration above Derevyanchenko’s right eye, which impacted Derevyanchenko’s vision.

Down an additional point on the scorecards and suddenly bloodied, Derevyanchenko didn’t get discouraged. Instead, the daring Ukrainian contender fought back as hard as possible and pushed Golovkin to his physical and mental limits throughout the remaining 10 rounds.

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Golovkin defeated Derevyanchenko by unanimous decision, but Derevyanchenko definitely won over plenty of fans for fighting ferociously against one of the most dangerous boxers of this era. Promoter Lou DiBella commended his fighter’s courage after Derevyanchenko delivered an epic performance at Madison Square Garden.

“That kid could barely see from the second round,” DiBella said. “He fought like a f***ing warrior! He fought like a f***ing king!”

Virtually every time Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) seemed to affect Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) with punishing punches, a determined Derevyanchenko fired back with combinations that made Golovkin back off. Golovkin still won seven rounds on two of the three scorecards (115-112, 115-112, 114-113), but CompuBox credited Derevyanchenko for landing more overall and power punches against Golovkin than any previous opponent.

According to CompuBox, Golovkin barely out-landed Derevyanchenko in overall punches (243-of-720 to 230-of-738). Derevyanchenko connected on more power punches (183-of-472 to 136-of-314), while Golovkin landed more jabs (107-of-406 to 47-of-266).

“I just looked at the CompuBox numbers,” DiBella said. “[Derevyanchenko] out-threw him in power shots unbelievably. He out-landed him in power shots by almost 50 percent more. And it was the most power shots ever, in any fight, landed on Triple-G, including Canelo. And he had him hurt.”

Keith Connolly, Derevyanchenko’s manager, is certain Derevyanchenko deserved what would’ve been by far the most noteworthy win of his five-year pro career. Even in defeat, Connolly commended his fighter for giving fans every reason to want to see him fight Golovkin again.

“He showed people he has the heart of a lion,” Connolly said. “When he got hurt, every single time he got hit with huge combinations, he came back with a combination himself. He never backed down. There was never a time when he got hit, when he didn’t come back with a combination. So, he showed he’s not only one of the top middleweights in the world, but one of the toughest.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Timur78 on 10-11-2019

[QUOTE=PittyPat;20114793]No Aussie here. I was just a supporter of Katsidis back in the day. :D Although I [i]was[/i] an honorary Aussie when I went to see him fight live twice, in 2010 and 2011.[/QUOTE] Ah, right. Katsidis is a warrior.…

Comment by PittyPat on 10-10-2019

[QUOTE=Timur78;20114661]Anyway, good to see another Aussie on the forum! Judging from your cover photo, I think.[/QUOTE] No Aussie here. I was just a supporter of Katsidis back in the day. :D Although I [i]was[/i] an honorary Aussie when I went…

Comment by Timur78 on 10-10-2019

[QUOTE=PittyPat;20114342]I absolutely agree, especially the part in bold. When I said "just slugging it out", I meant it as props to Derevyanchenko's apparent lack of fear, but it likely came across as an oversimplification because many fighters use fear as…

Comment by 4truth on 10-10-2019

[QUOTE=theface07;20108067]I'm a Golovkin fan but I was very aware of how much of a risk Derevyanchenko was. He's younger, fresher and his only loss came via a close decision against Jacobs who Golovkin won a close decision off so there…

Comment by PittyPat on 10-10-2019

[QUOTE=Timur78;20108961]I don't think it's as simple as you explain. Derev wasn't just slugging it out. He was very technical in his approach, and did things that other fighters could not implement against GGG. He always moved and never let GGG…

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