Sergiy Derevyanchenko wants to pull out all the stops against Jermall Charlo.
Derevyanchenko and Charlo are set to collide in the main event of a Showtime Sports pay-per-view on September 26. Derevyanchenko will be challenging Charlo for the WBC Middleweight Championship. This will be Derevyanchenko’s third major title fight.
During a virtual press conference, Derevyanchenko revealed his plans for the Charlo fight later this month (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“You can expect the same type of fight from me that you saw against Golovkin. I’ve had the experience of fighting at this level against the likes of Jacobs and Golovkin, which gave me the confidence and experience of fighting at the highest level. I have supreme, utmost confidence in myself.”
Derevyanchenko went on to say that both he and Charlo aren’t lacking in confidence going into their title bout and that there is a score to settle.
“Charlo thinks he’s the best in the world and I believe I’m the best in the world. I think I’m the better fighter. The great thing is that we’re actually going to get a chance to settle it and we’ll see who the best in the world really is.”
Derevyanchenko is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Gennadiy Golovkin. It was Derevyanchenko’s bid for the IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles. Derevyanchenko also had a failed bid for the IBF gold against Daniel Jacobs back on October 27, 2018. He’s hoping that the third time’s the charm.
The task is easier said than done. Charlo has a perfect pro boxing record of 30-0. He has 22 knockouts to his credit. Charlo has reigned as the WBC Middleweight Champion since April 21, 2018. Derevyanchenko is known for being a tough out against anyone, so it’ll be interesting to see if Charlo can find a way to thwart a slight upset loss.