New York, 5 Oct 2019
Gennadiy Golovokin 40-1-1 (35KO’s) gained the IBF & IBO Middleweight titles in a very competitive fight at Madison Square Garden tonight defeating Sergey Derevyanchenko 13-2 (10KO’s) by unanimous decision. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 115-112.
After suffering a knockdown in round one and cut in the second, Derevyancenko rallied to push Golovkin all the way down the stretch. GGG was affected by the body attacks of the Ukrainian on numerous occasions but rallied in the championship rounds to regain some of the middleweight straps. Clearly ageing at 37, GGG now seeks the third defining fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, which on this showing may look closer than before. GGG looked more beatable in this fight than in previous outings, including the second Alvarez fight.
Derevyancenko aquitted himself well but has now dropped two world title challenges and will undoubtedly seek a rematch.