Derevyanchenko: I’m Smarter than GGG

Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko are friends and sparring partners, both training under Andre Rozier and Gary Stark Sr. But on Oct. 27, the two will be enemies standing across from one another in the ring, as they fight over the IBF Middleweight Title.

This will be Jacobs’ first crack at middleweight gold since losing the WBA (Regular) Middleweight Title in a March 2017 unification bout with Gennady Golovkin. While Jacobs lost the fight, he was Golovkin’s toughest test at the time, with the final score totals coming close and becoming the first man not finished by GGG since 2008. Meanwhile, this will be Derevyanchenko’s first shot at any professional boxing world title in his young pro career.

The two were booked against one another in August following the IBF stripping Golovkin of its middleweight title when he chose to rematch with Canelo Alvarez in September. Derevyanchenko was GGG’s mandatory, and Jacobs was the next top contender in line.

Derevyanchenko even went as far as to make a strong, challenging statement to Jacobs — he feels he’s smarter than GGG. Derevyanchenko has been studying tape of Jacobs to prepare for the fight, especially Jacobs’ fight with GGG, which Derevyanchenko helped the New York fighter prepare for.

“I thought Danny fought a great fight against Golovkin,” Derevyanchenko said. “The fourth-round knockdown of Danny influenced the judges’ decision. We watched the Arias and Sulecki fights, and I was thinking that I would have stopped each of those guys. But I also know that Danny is taking my fight more seriously than he did those two fights. Danny knows that this is going to be a tougher fight. I’m going to give this everything that I’ve got. We’re not going in there to lose.

I’ve reviewed Danny’s fight with Golovkin, and my style against Golovkin would be totally different. I’m a lot smarter than Golovkin, who made a lot of mistakes against Danny and showed that he has trouble with boxers. Golovkin was a headhunter, which I don’t understand because he’s a good body puncher. Golovkin didn’t attack Danny’s body like I will. I feel like I’m ready for anybody in the division right now, but I’ve got to beat Danny before I can consider fighting anyone else.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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