Sergiy Derevyanchenko Reflects On His Loss Against Gennadiy Golovkin
The past few years have been rewarding for Sergiy Derevyanchenko, even without the big wins he craves. The Ukrainian is looking to continue the run he has had since 2018, and perhaps avenge a loss if given the opportunity.
Speaking on The PBC Podcast, Derevyanchenko (13-2) discussed his last bout, a close contest against Gennadiy Golovkin. Inside Madison Square Garden in October 2019, both fighters competed in a back and forth affair. It appears as if Derevyanchenko had the advantage at some point, and Golovkin had to battle back after being cut. In the end, Golovkin won via unanimous decision in a highly-contested affair.
Like most, Derevyanchenko had his thoughts on who won the bout.
“I’ve had some time to go back and watch it,” Derevyanchenko stated, via Boxing Scene. “And I felt it was really close, but I do feel that I won that fight.”
“I trained so hard for that fight. I prepared so hard for that fight. I feel fairly good with my performance. That fight was in October, and while it’s in the [background] right now and it’s behind me, it’s just so much motivation to even work harder to prove to everyone that I do belong with that competition and that I am a world champion.”
Derevyanchenko made his boxing debut in 2014. Following big wins over the likes of Tueano Johnson and Dashon Johnson, Derevyanchenko took training partner Daniel Jacobs to the limit in a contest for the IBF Middleweight Title. It was also a fight in which Derevyanchenko had an early advantage. Following a rebound win against Jack Culcay, Derevianchenko lost to Golovkin for the IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles.
The winner of the Sergiy-Golovkin bout, according to Derevyanchenko, was meant to face Canelo. There are rumors of a Canelo bout v. Golovkin sometime in September, but Golovkin is currently focused on facing Kamil Szeremeta first.