TIME is against Gennady Golovkin. His future will be decided on Saturday (October 5). If he beats Sergey Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden in New York, he will win back the IBF middleweight belt, he’ll become a two-time world champion and host of opportunities will lie ahead of him, even at the relatively advanced age of 37. Without victory though, those options swiftly will dry up.
And Derevyanchenko certainly could win. His record is deceptive. He has 14 professional contests on his ledger but he had a long, dominant career in the World Series of Boxing format. His only loss as a pro was to stablemate Daniel Jacobs, which meant he had his own trainer Andre Rozier in the opposite corner for that fight. The two are now reunited and Derevyanchenko has the style to give Golovkin a real fight.
“I’m not betting on the fact that Golovkin’s getting older. Golovkin’s still a very dangerous fighter. But I’m extremely focused, I’m very motivated. I had a great camp and I think we did everything necessary to win this fight,” the Ukrainian said. “I have to work with my jab, I have to stay focused on my jab. I also can’t stay in one place. So he never gets comfortable so I can avoid his punches. And if I work and punch through angles that’s going to be my shot.