KAZAKH middleweight Gennady Golovkin will get another shot at a world title, though he will have to wait for a third encounter with Mexican rival Canelo Alvarez. Instead Golovkin will take on Sergey Derevyanchenko on October 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The two fight for the vacant IBF middleweight title. It was a belt that Alvarez had added to his collection after beating Danny Jacobs earlier this year. But Canelo’s team failed to come to an agreement with Derevyanchenko, the mandatory challenger, and so the IBF stripped him of their title, allowing Golovkin to swoop in and fight for the vacant belt.
If Canelo vs Golovkin III was to be anything like their first two clashes, it would have been a great fight. But Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko is not bad. The strong Ukrainian might find Golovkin’s style better suited to him than Danny Jacobs, Derevyanchenko’s stablemate and the only man to have beaten Sergey as a professional. And while Derevyanchenko’s 13-1 record might look modest, he was a masterful exponent in the five-round quasi-pro World Series of Boxing format back when he was on Ukraine’s Olympic squad. Golovkin, who has turned 37, is also ageing and not necessarily the same destructive force he has been in recent years.