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DiBella: Hunger Will Separate Derevyanchenko From Jacobs

By Keith Idec

Lou DiBella considers Daniel Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko a true “50-50 fight.”

One edge DiBella gives Derevyanchenko, the fighter he promotes, is that he considers the unbeaten Ukrainian contender to be hungrier. Jacobs, 31, has surpassed eight figures in career earnings, has headlined an HBO Pay-Per-View event against Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden and has received mainstream attention for valiantly overcoming cancer.

The 32-year-old Derevyanchenko virtually is unknown and will earn a six-figure purse for the first time in his four-year pro career when he battles Jacobs on Saturday night in New York for the vacant IBF middleweight title.

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If he can beat Brooklyn’s Jacobs in the biggest fight of his career, the 2008 Olympian will be move into position for lucrative 160-pound title unification fights.

“I think Danny said he has an advantage in professional experience,” DiBella said on a conference call Monday. “I think an advantage that Sergiy has on Saturday night is hunger. He literally is hungry. He’s got a family. He’s got [a son]. Despite his hard work and mine and his management’s, [he] hasn’t made the money yet that he deserves. And the only way that’s gonna happen for him is by beating Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night. And I have a feeling on Saturday night, when either that 10 count’s called on a fighter or the 12th round’s over, everybody’s gonna know who Sergiy Derevyanchenko is.”

HBO will air Derevyanchenko-Jacobs as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” tripleheader from The Theater at Madison Square Garden (10 p.m. ET/PT).

The No. 1-rated Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) and the third-ranked Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) will fight for the 160-pound championship the IBF surprisingly stripped from Golovkin on June 6. Derevyanchenko, who also resides in Brooklyn, and Jacobs are stablemates who’ve sparred more than 300 rounds against one another, but they’re in each other’s way as they try to secure fights against Canelo Alvarez and/or Golovkin.

“I think that the difference in this fight is gonna be what it means to each guy,” DiBella said. “Danny’s already been able to achieve a lot. I know he wants to be a unified champion, but Danny doesn’t have to worry, at the moment, about feeding his family and being able to do the things that he has worked all his life for. He has already reaped some of those rewards – Sergiy hasn’t. And I think on Saturday night you’re gonna see the best of Sergiy Derevyanchenko. And I think the winner of that fight’s gonna make a lot of money.”

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SHO_RULEZ on 10-23-2018

Nah...Jacobs has done too much sparring with this guy. He's not gonna bring anything to the fight that Jacobs hasn't seen from him before. I'm seeing a very easy workman like win for Jacobs.

Comment by AdonisCreed on 10-23-2018

Jacobs has looked average since the GGG fight. He needs to look impressive I'm this fight.

Comment by kushking on 10-23-2018

[COLOR="red"]I can't wait til the 27th,this is a great matchup worthy of the Ibf title.[/COLOR] [B]I remember 2 yrs ago I predicted Canelo would beat ggg & take his gifted titles,& I said Lomachenko/Deryevchenko would inherit 70k Ggg fanbois &…

Comment by Fangedgrowl on 10-23-2018

[QUOTE=Hatesrats;19217191]Looking forward to this fight, Have a feeling that Derevyanchenko is gonna walk right thru Jacobs.[/QUOTE] Totally agree. I feel this as well/. Jacobs hasnt looked as good last couple of fights.

Comment by Songbird on 10-23-2018

I dont see how not eating before the fight with help dereva, stupid article

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