In what could possibly be a candidate for Fight of the Year, boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) slugged it out for 12 dramatic rounds filled with heart and grit that saw Derevyanchenko hit the canvas in Round 1 and suffer a brutal cut over his right eye in Round 2, but battle back to balance out the scorecards with impressive power shots to the body. (photos by Ed Mulholland).
Ultimately, Golovkin out-jabbed and out-punched the Ukrainian warrior to narrowly walk away with his 40th professional victory via a unanimous decision to extend his world champion streak.
In the main features, WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Titlist Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated after a stoppage over Alejando Barrera (29-6, 18 KOs).
And WBA Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Titlist Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) unleashed his power on Gabriel Bracero (23-4-1, 6 KOs) that culminated in the ref calling the fight. Earlier in the evening.
WBC Silver International Super Middleweight Titlist Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Andrew Hernandez (20-8-2, 9 KOs) in Round 1 to remain undefeated.