For Lou DiBella, this opportunity is a long time coming for Sergiy Derevyanchenko, as the Ukranian born fighter steps inside Madison Square Garden on October 5th to fight Gennadiy Golovkin for the IBO and IBF middleweight titles.
The IBF crown was initially set for a fight between the two in 2018, but the then champion Golovkin instead vacated the title belt to pursue a short-notice fight with Vanes Martirosyan, who replaced a suspended Canelo Alvarez.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s promoter Lou DiBella expects a changing of the guard on October 5th inside Madison Square Garden, as the Ukranian fighter looks to defeat Gennadiy Golovkin for the IBF and IBO middleweight world titles.
One year later, both men are set for a world title fight with Derevyanchenko coming up short in his 2018 shot at the IBF title in a loss to Daniel Jacobs, and Golovkin losing to Alvarez and then stopping little known opponent Steve Rolls this past June.
Following Alvarez winning the IBF title against Jacobs this past May, he was ordered to fight Derevyanchenko for the title, as the Brooklyn based boxer was their mandatory challenger at 160-pounds. Negotiations never got off the ground per DiBella, who promotes Derevyanchenko, leading to Golovkin’s return to the world title picture.
“It’s going to be a competitive fight,” DiBella told FIGHT SPORTS. “It’s going to be a real fight and it’s going to be one of the toughest fights of Triple G’s career. Don’t be surprised if there’s an unexpected change of titles on October 5th.”
“This is the first time that Gennadiy has ever had to face somebody from that same Eastern European school of boxing at this level of fight,” DiBella said of his charge who has over 300 amateur fights before turning pro.
“I expect a great throwdown kind of brawl. I think it’s going to be an excellent fight, and I think it’s a fight that’s going to go into the later rounds, with the outcome still in doubt and I think it’s going to be a really exciting night of boxing.”
If you went to the Danny Jacobs fight there was a lot of support from the Ukrainian community here,” DiBella said of the support Derevyanchenko had fighting on Jacobs’ native Long Island. “The Ukrainian community in New York, particularly Brooklyn, is like the biggest Ukrainian community outside of the Ukraine. So it made a lot of sense. This is Triple G’s home away from home and Sergiy’s a fighter that fights out of Brooklyn, out of that Ukrainian community in Brooklyn, so it’s a perfect place for what’s going to be an excellent fight.”
When asked about the Alvarez negotiations, DiBella knew that he and his fighter had an advantage. “We weren’t going to get 35 percent of the money, of that giant amount of money that Canelo gets from DAZN,” DiBella admitted to FIGHT SPORTS. “We knew it was going to be a negotiation but we had a great deal of leverage. We also knew that Golovkin was waiting in the wings. So, ultimately we did what we thought was right for team Derevyanchenko. I think we got a great deal”
“I have nothing; I’m not going to say anything negative about Golden Boy and the discussions we had I think we tried to make a deal, we were not able to reach an agreement. And we were able to reach an agreement to fight Triple G.”
Looking at the fight, DiBella sees this as the best possible opportunity for Derevyanchenko and pointed out numerous advantages his fighter has going into October 5th. “You know I think where Sergiy’s a little bit younger, a little bit fresher. He’s used to the style of boxing he’s going to see in Gennadiy.”
“This is exactly what we think is the best outcome for Sergiy. You know, we worked really hard to orchestrate a situation that gave him a life-changing payday, a career-defining moment, and the opportunity to beat a guy that he’s known about and been compared to and been measured against his whole career.”
Golovkin-Derevyanchenko headline a Matchroom Boxing USA card on October 5th from Madison Square Garden airing on DAZN.