Jacobs-Derevyanchenko: Trainer Caught in Middle of Fight Order

By Steve Kim

Should Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) square off for the vacant IBF middleweight title, trainer Andre Rozier has a decision to make given that he works with both of them.

Derevyanchenko was the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Gennady Golovkin.

However, Golovkin did not satisfy the IBF's deadline to reach an agreement for the mandatory defense - so the sanctioning body stripped him of the belt.


Once the belt was made vacant, the sanctioning body ordered Jacobs and Derevyanchenko to collide for the vacant belt.

They both share the same advisers in Al Haymon and Keith Connolly.

But, it's Rozier who finds himself in a very awkward position as he's close with both boxers.  

If the fight comes down, Rozier made it clear - ''If the fight does happen, I will be working my son's corner - Daniel Jacobs. We've been together since he was 14 years old and that his truly my ephemeral son and that's just the way it will be with anything or anyone involved with fights against anybody in the middleweight division. I'm always with my son."

Rozier has stated in several recent interviews that he prefers that Jacobs face WBO middleweight belt-holder Billy Joe Saunders next instead of his stablemate.

At the same time, both boxers are hungry to get a world title shot.

He added - "Sergey is like my new nephew and you just don't want to see your guys fight each other. If it has to happen unfortunately, it is what it is."

The purse bid for this match-up was scheduled for July 5th but both parties were granted a five day extension to come up with a deal.

Derevyanchenko was in action back in March, when he stopped Dashon Johnson in six rounds. And Jacobs won a twelve round unanimous decision over Maciej Sulecki in April.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Southpawology on 07-10-2018

This is an awkward situation to be in for a trainer

Comment by TonyGe on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Sweet_Science2;18927564]I'm thinking his handlers wouldn't put him in that position. I really do believe this is his last fight. And if by chance he does come back it should and will be a farewell fight against a lesser opponent in…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=TonyGe;18927478]Manny should just stop. If he wins the next fight he may get brave/foolish enough to call out Spence or Crawford and he will get beat up badly.[/QUOTE] I'm thinking his handlers wouldn't put him in that position. I really…

Comment by TonyGe on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Sweet_Science2;18927057]I understand what your saying. I actually think most fighers think like that. My main issue is when other fighters did that they got chewed out for it. It's a business at the end of the day so I get…

Comment by mcdonalds on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=TonyGe;18919098]Probably because Pacquiao did beat Mayweather.[/QUOTE] This is what mental illness looks like

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (41)
Top Headlines Kerman Lejarraga Knocks Frankie Gavin Out in Fourth Round Harley Benn Gets Win, Moves To 5-0 In Brentwood Michael Dutchover Takes Out Ruben Tamayo in Three Rounds Liam Taylor Beats Tyrone Nurse, Moves Closer To British Title Cornflake Beats Arnaoutis, Driven To Be 'World-Class-Level Fighter' Luis Coria Faces Stiff Test in Thomas Valdez in Arizona Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder Might Knock Tyson Fury's Head Off! Spence, Crawford Trade Heated Words - Agree on $1 Million Bet Chordale Booker Ready To Show He's 'The Gift' in North Carolina Kerman Lejarraga Will Become a Huge Attraction, Says DiBella Promoter: Dinu's A Top-10 Heavyweight; Toughest Fight For Miller Omar Figueroa Craves Errol Spence Rematch in The Future Jarrell Miller: I'll Impose Will On Dinu & Get Him Out Of There Photos: Maurice Hooker Breaks Down, Stops Alex Saucedo Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Garcia, Mayweather, Usyk, More Photos: Kavaliauskas in Line For Crawford After Arriaza KO Win Frank Warren Discusses a Big December For British Boxing Chael Sonnen Cautions of Mayweather-Nasukawa Double Cross Arum: We're Going To Look Very Closely at Crawford-Kavaliauskas Whyte Warns: Joshua Will Get a "Whooping" When Time Comes Kavaliauskas: I'm Ready To Fight Terence Crawford Next! Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Meet Face To Face in Oklahoma Maurice Hooker Gets Off The Floor To Batter, Stop Alex Saucedo Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jaron Ennis Blasts Out Ray Serrano in Two Rounds Kavaliauskas Knocks Out Arriaza In Third; Wants Crawford Next Sam Teah Hurts Kenneth Sims, Decisions Him Over Eight Andrew Moloney vs. Cris Paulino on December 14 in Perth Arnold Khegai Drops, Decisions a Tough Jorge Diaz Wilder: If Fury Tries To Rough Me Up - I'll Be His Worst Nightmare Callum Smith More Than Willing To Fight Andre Ward in May Luis Ortiz Vows To Make Kauffman Pay For 'Cheater' Comments Photos: Nico Hernandez Ready For Hometown Clash Top Rank VP: Arriaza is Measuring Stick Bout For Kavaliauskas Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Get Tense at Weigh-In Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Ready For War in Kansas Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Trade Heated Words Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Ready For Battle in Kansas Chocolatito Reveals Offer For Yafai, Wants Sor Rungvisai Trilogy

Latest Active Forum Threads