Sergiy Went Out On His Shield Against GGG
It took time, but Sergiy Derevyanchenko nearly eeked out an upset victory on Saturday night inside Madison Square Garden.
The Ukranian title challenger faced his biggest challenge, former unified middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin for the vacant IBO and IBF middleweight titles and seemed like he was going to be guzzled by Golovkin.
Yet, the deeper into the fight it went, the more Derevyanchenko brought the fight to Golovkin, who sent the Ukranian to the canvas in round-one, and busted him open in round two.
“That kid could barely see from the second round,”Derevyanchenko’s promoter Lou DiBella said.
“He fought like a f***ing warrior! He fought like a f***ing king!”
“I just looked at the CompuBox numbers,” DiBella said of the narrow margin of overall punches (GGG: 243 of 720, Derevyanchenko landing 230 of 738).
“[Derevyanchenko] out-threw him in power shots unbelievably. He out-landed him in power shots by almost 50 percent more. And it was the most power shots ever, in any fight, landed on Triple-G, including Canelo. And he had him hurt.”
“He showed people he has the heart of a lion,” Derevyanchenko’s manager Keith Connolly said. “When he got hurt, every single time he got hit with huge combinations, he came back with a combination himself. He never backed down. There was never a time when he got hit, when he didn’t come back with a combination. So, he showed he’s not only one of the top middleweights in the world, but one of the toughest.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene