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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
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

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