Derevyanchenko Doesn’t Think GGG “Ducked” Him
With a title fight just days away, Sergiy Derevyanchenko doesn’t feel Gennady Golovkin ducked him in May.
Derevyanchenko was a potential opponent for Golovkin after Canelo Alvarez would be suspended three weeks prior to their scheduled May 5th rematch. Golovkin would be forced to find a new opponent with three weeks’ notice, and Derevyanchenko was briefly considered, but Vanes Martirosyan would be chosen instead.
Following the May 5th shut down, Derevyanchenko would once again be propped up to face Golovkin as the IBF mandatory challenger, with the New Jersey based governing body threatening to strip Golovkin if he did not face the Ukrainian in his next fight.
Instead of Derevyanchenko, Golovkin would come to terms with Canelo Alvarez for their September 15th fight in Las Vegas. With that the IBF would strip Golovkin of the title and set Derevyanchenko to face Daniel Jacobs on October 27th at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“Golovkin and his team had another plan,” Derevyanchenko told BoxingScene.com on why the two never squared off. “They wanted the rematch with Alvarez. If you’re a top guy, nobody is scared to fight. Golovkin was not scared. But if you have another plan, it’s business.”
“I wanted to fight Golovkin… I wanted to fight a big name, but I’m not disappointed because here I have now another fight for the title. I have a good chance against another good boxer. And maybe in the future, if I win, maybe I can fight Golovkin or somebody else.”
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