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DiBella: GGG-Derevyanchenko F***ing WWIII; Like Gatti-Ward

NEW YORK – Lou DiBella was Micky Ward’s promoter when Ward went toe-to-toe with Arturo Gatti in what’s revered as one of the most incredible action fights in boxing history.

Seventeen years later, DiBella felt as though he witnessed something similar Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s promoter applauded his fighter and Gennadiy Golovkin for producing perhaps the “Fight of the Year” for 2019, an unbelievable brawl that sent both boxers to the hospital and left appreciative, awestruck fans wanting more.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin and Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko dug deep throughout an epic slugfest Golovkin narrowly won by unanimous decision. Derevyanchenko overcame a debatable first-round knockdown, a gruesome gash around his right eye and gave Golovkin arguably the most difficult fight of his 13-year pro career.

“He spent his whole life in boxing,” DiBella said of the 33-year-old Derevyanchenko. “This is what he always wanted, to get in the ring with Triple-G and beat him. And he always believed that he could. We said stuff. We talked about [fighting] Canelo, but we knew the fight this guy wanted his whole life was Triple-G.

“He went tonight, he got knocked down early with a shot to the back of the head, which already was troubling. He got cut early in the fight and he was bleeding like a stuck pig, and he fought one of the great fights that I’ve seen. It really was like a Gatti-Ward fight, at an incredibly high skill level. But I will always believe I knew who won, and it wasn’t Triple-G.”

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Each of the three judges – Frank Lombardi (115-112), Eric Molinski (115-112) and Kevin Morgan (114-113) – scored their fantastic fight for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko stung Golovkin with numerous body and head shots, though, and often backed up one of the most punishing punchers of this generation.

Like the late Gatti and Ward in May 2002, Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) and Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) skipped the post-fight press conference Saturday night to get checked out at a nearby hospital.

“That was f***ing World War III,” DiBella said. “And I’ve gotta think a lot of people sitting here think that Sergiy won the fight.” 

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

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Comment by BigStomps on 10-08-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20110762]there si many good fights that can be made from 160-168. Alot of young prime fighters, hopefully they can get past all the politics bs and make it happen. Welterweight division is an example of a division with…

Comment by Jab jab boom on 10-08-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;20110380]I agree with you! I haven't seen much progress from Charlo since he knocked out Julian Williams. I think the only way he'll improve is by being in them tough fights. I'd favor Sergey if they fought but Sergey does…

Comment by BigStomps on 10-08-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20109896]Haymon should let charlo fight him because he needs to prove himself. Around the time thag Charlo ko'd j rock, I thought highly of him and felt he'd be a real problem for anyone, but now I'm not…

Comment by Jab jab boom on 10-08-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;20109610]Yes definitely! Sergey did great against triple g and i had him winning! Would love to see him against Andrade, Charlo, and Canelo. It be interesting to see how Andrade and Charlo react to a fighter who applies non-stop pressure....…

Comment by BigStomps on 10-08-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20109521]agreed. Now what did work out for them is they did well vs ggg and many people thought he won, so he should land some decent payday from that performance, even if it's a ggg remstch.[/QUOTE] Yes definitely!…

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