Jacobs: GGG Not Facing Derevyanchenko ‘Just Business’
WBA/WBC Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin is currently gearing up for the highly anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez in just a few weeks, but he’ll do so with one less championship than the first match.
The September rematch meant GGG had to pass up facing IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and to some shock, the IBF chose to strip Golovkin of their title. Instead, Derevyanchenko and former WBA middleweight champ Daniel Jacobs will meet on Oct. 27 for the vacant belt.
Jacobs has previously faced Golovkin back in March 2017, giving Golovkin arguably his toughest challenge to that point in a unanimous decision loss. And to Jacobs, GGG opting for the Canelo rematch over facing Derevyanchenko is just a logical business decision.
“I don’t think he was afraid of Derevyanchenko,” Jacobs said. “I think it was a business opportunity. I mean, if you think about what GGG represents to the sport of boxing, it was kind of like when Floyd Mayweather came back and he fought [Juan Manuel] Marquez, or when he fought all the other guys and he didn’t need the title.
The name speaks for itself. And I think [Golovkin] knowing that, he wants to go for the bigger opportunities financially and that’ll define his career, as opposed to fighting a guy that’s not that known and probably wouldn’t make [him] the same amount of money. It was a business opportunity if anything.
Original Story: Boxing Scene