Trainer: Jacobs, Derevyanchenko Don't Need To Fight Right Now

By Steve Kim

With Gennady Golovkin no longer being the IBF middleweight belt-holder, there will be two contender who will soon be fighting for this title. The organization stated that the two leading available contenders will square off for that vacant championship.

As you look at their rankings, you see that Sergey Derevyanchenko (who is rated number one) and Danny Jacobs (rated third) are both in the top five.

The sanctioning body announced on Wednesday that Golovkin was stripped of the IBF title, because he failed to reach agreement to obligate himself to make a mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs).


If the WBA orders a fight between Jacobs and Derevyanchenko - there happens to be a twist because they both happen to be trained by Andre Rozier.

And with that, for the time being this particular match-up is a non-starter in the views of Rozier.

"There's other directions to go in. If there was only one direction it might be a different story - but there's so many directions to go in and they're teammates - they don't need to box each other at this point in time," Rozier explained.

"If you've seen in the past when guys were working with Freddie Roach, 'I won't box this guy,' so and so forth. It's the same premise. There's a lot of work out there and so many directions to go in, it's not necessary," Rozier added.

As it relates to Jacobs, Rozier doesn't seem to put much stock in any conversations that have him possibly facing Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September, but he stated - "I'd really like to see Danny and Billy Joe Saunders (the WBO middleweight titlist) tie it up. If Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren can work it out that would be a huge, huge fight."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juandabomb on 06-13-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18842288]And your STILL in the lil g Protection Act....LOL....Jermall vs lil g, GET IT RIGHT. Mall/lil g Nelo/Jacobs Boo Boo/derevyanchenko Spike/bjs [B]There's your fight[/B]s....get it done promoters, managers & fans.[/QUOTE]charlo gets knocked the freak out vs GGG...this guy charlo wants…

Comment by JK Boxing on 06-09-2018

Like I already commented before about IBF rankings how stupid and ridiculous that Derevyanchenko ranked above Daniel Jacobs ...

Comment by Verus on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=OnePunch;18842362]its only dumb if you are incapable of understanding it. In reality, there are 2 ways a fighter can be named #1 or #2, in ANY sanctioning organization. Way #1 is for some clown like Suiliman or Mendoza to say…

Comment by TonyGe on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18841586]Everything is falling perfect for Charlo. GGG is boxed in and HAS to fight Charlo if he keeps pricing himself out the Canelo fight. WBC already made it clear Charlo is next up if GGG don't want to fight Canelo.…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=Usetoloveboxing;18842377]I think he's saying he doesn't believe Canelo would fight Jacobs, pretty reasonable assumption.[/QUOTE]I guess? Maybe he thinks Canelo and GGG will still make a deal? If they do, then Saunders (or Murata) would be the next best options.

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