GGG Regains Title on Controversial Decision

Gennadiy Golovkin has regained the IBF middleweight championship, but it was not without controversy, as Sergiy Derevyanchenko gave him quite possibly the fight of his life.

Things appeared to be business as expected in the opening two frames, as Golovkin caught Derevyanchenko on the top of the head to knock him down in the first round. He then followed up in the second by putting a cut around Derevyanchenko’s eye.

That cut, however, may have come back to haunt him. At that point, Derevyanchenko turned things up. Derevyanchenko came out firing in the third, and while GGG kept up with him, Derevyanchenko bothered him badly with body shots in the fourth. Derevyanchenko continued to dig in, and after a close sixth and seventh, anything seemed possible.

Derevyanchenko backed GGG up throughout the eighth round, but Golovkin appeared to get back to things in the ninth round. But just like that, Derevyanchenko managed to rock GGG and tag him throughout the 10th.

Derevyanchenko continued to fire away over the championship rounds, not slowing down to the final bell.

While many felt Derevyanchenko may have done enough to deserve the nod, the judges ultimately ruled the fight for Golovkin with scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 115-112.

For the vacant IBF middleweight championship: Gennadiy Golovkin def. Sergiy Derevyanchenko via unanimous decision (114-113, 115-112, 115-112)

Israil Madrimov def. Alejandro Barrera via TKO (Rd. 5, 2:36)

Ivan Baranchyk def. Gabriel Bracero via TKO (corner stoppage) (Rd. 4, 1:30)

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