AMERICA’S Danny Jacobs will fight Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight world title.
It’s an excellent fight in a lively division with the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch taking place in September. The IBF belt was stripped from Golovkin after he failed to agree to fight mandatory challenger Derevyanchenko. Jacobs acquitted himself well in a points loss to “GGG” and will now face the strong, talented Derevyanchenko. They know each other well. The two are former sparring partners.
Derevyanchenko may just be 12-0 as a professional but he is a vastly experienced amateur and excelled in the pro-style World Series of Boxing format, so he has a host of five-rounders against elite opposition under his belt too.