News | Oct 06 2019

Golovkin edges Derevyanchenko in hard-fought IBF middleweight title fight

Gennady Golovkin had to overcome fatigue and some painful body shots to get the better of Sergiy Derevyanchenko tonight (October 5) in New York

THOUGH Gennady Golovkin would have expected a tough battle from Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko tonight (October 5) at Madison Square Garden, New York, he ended up receiving far more than he bargained for during the 12 rounds they shared.

In one of the better fights of the year, Golovkin and Derevyanchenko went back and forth with the vacant IBF middleweight title on the line and it was Golovkin who narrowly prevailed by scores of 114-113 and 115-112 (twice).

For once the scorecards told the story of the fight. They correctly reflected the close nature of a bout which began in dramatic fashion with Derevyanchenko dumped on the canvas by a Golovkin right hand in the very first round, then badly cut not long after.


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