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Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko - Done Deal, To Fight in October

By Keith Idec

BoxingScene.com has learned that an 11th-hour deal has been made for Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Daniel Jacobs to fight for the vacant IBF middleweight title.

Lou DiBella, Derevyanchenko’s promoter, and Eddie Hearn, Jacobs’ promoter, came to terms late Tuesday morning for an October bout that’ll take place either at Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center in New York.

Derevyanchenko and Jacobs are expected to fight either October 20 or October 27. Their bout will be broadcast by HBO, the premium cable network with which Jacobs has an exclusive contract.

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A purse bid for this IBF-mandated match, which was pushed back from noon Thursday to noon Tuesday because DiBella and Hearn were close to making a deal, was canceled late Tuesday morning.

Derevyanchenko and Jacobs both are trained by Andre Rozier and are frequent sparring partners. Rozier confirmed to BoxingScene.com last week that he’ll prepare Jacobs for their 12-round, 160-pound title bout because he has worked with Jacobs since the Brooklyn native was 14 years old (https://www.boxingscene.com/jacobs-derevyanchenko-trainer-caught-middle-fight-order--129716).

Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) is the IBF’s top-ranked middleweight contender. Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) is rated No. 3 among the IBF’s 160-pound contenders, but he is the next available contender to battle Derevyanchenko for the IBF’s unclaimed crown because the No. 2 spot in its rankings is vacant.

Had DiBella and Hearn not reached an agreement, the IBF would’ve offered fourth-ranked Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) a shot to fight Derevyanchenko for its middleweight title.

Derevyanchenko, 32, and Jacobs, 31, will fight for a title the IBF stripped from Gennady Golovkin on June 6. The IBF took its middleweight championship from Kazakhstan’s Golovkin because the sanctioning organization determined Golovkin didn’t adhere to the stipulations of an exemption it granted him to fight Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in Carson, California.

The IBF refused to sanction Golovkin-Martirosyan as a title bout because Martirosyan, a late replacement for Canelo Alvarez, is a junior middleweight who hadn’t fought in nearly two years. The IBF allowed Golovkin to keep its middleweight title as long as Golovkin agreed to defend it next against Derevyanchenko, who was his mandatory challenger.

Golovkin knocked out Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) in the second round.

Two weeks later, the 36-year-old Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) requested another exemption at an IBF hearing May 22 in Newark, New Jersey, because he was headed toward a rescheduled rematch with Alvarez, since set for September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their rematch had been scheduled for May 5 at T-Mobile Arena, but that bout was canceled because the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) for twice testing positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, in February.

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Mirus on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;18929267]Conventional wisdom says that GGG would drop the WBC belt rather than fight Charlo for 3-5 million (they could likely get 30-40k in a Texas football stadium). However, it is the type of fight that I'd want to see as…

Comment by Mirus on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18929172]... lets' suppose that GGG actually gets the Canelo rematch payday... do you see a 36 yo GGG fighting younger contenders only for "glory" and not for actually big money reward???[/QUOTE] If GGG gets Canelo rematch payday, I don't think…

Comment by Mirus on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18928047]lil g aint do ***** to Nelo, Jacobs was the 1st to beat lil g & Mall can fight the bum lil g after lil g loses to Nelo again.[/QUOTE] GGG can phuck Alvaroid and Charlo in the same night.

Comment by xhiddenx87 on 07-11-2018

[QUOTE=OnePunch;18929930]well, his choice was fight Canelo for $35 million plus, or fight Derev for $2 or $3 million. Unfortunate that it cost him a belt, but still pretty easy to understand.......[/QUOTE] Yeah I understand. But man what a let down…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 07-11-2018

[QUOTE=OnePunch;18929997]call BS all you want to. It isnt even Dibellas call. Derev and Jacobs are both managed by connelly. Even having both sides of the Jacobs-Derev fight, it still almost went to bid before a deal got done..[/QUOTE] again ima…

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