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Gennady Golovkin vs Sergey Derevyanchenko – the big preview

Elliot Worsell wonders if Gennady Golovkin’s obsession with Canelo will affect his focus against tough Ukrainian foe Sergey Derevyanchenko
Gennady Golovkin vs Sergey Derevyanchenko
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A year on from their last encounter, Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez continue to live separately, monitor each other from a distance and deny they are soul mates destined to one day meet again and give everybody the happy ending they are looking for. On November 2, Alvarez climbs all the way to light-heavyweight to fight WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, but before that Golovkin meets Ukraine’s Sergey Derevyanchenko for the IBF middleweight title this Saturday (October 5).

Though they try to move on, it’s obvious now that the two premier middleweights of the last few years are inextricably linked, defined by the 24 rounds they have so far shared, and that every fight they take behind the other’s back will be considered some sort of betrayal.

If this were a rom-com and not a combat sport, you would be certain they would get together again by the third act. There would be no fear of disappointment. But this is a combat sport, a business built on ego and power, and a reconciliation therefore cannot be guaranteed.