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‘Jermall Charlo has never faced anyone like me’

Jermall Charlo
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Sergiy Derevyanchenko explains why at his third attempt he can win a world crown against WBC titlist Jermall Charlo on Saturday

I’ll definitely be his toughest test at middleweight. Jermall Charlo has never faced anyone like me. I’ll apply more pressure than he’s used to. He’s also never faced anyone with my footwork. I’ll fight more on the inside than his previous opponents.

My amateur experience has helped me a lot. I came to the pros with much more experience in the ring than most other fighters and it’s been a big part of what I’ve accomplished. I believe that all of that experience will help me get the win on Saturday and take Charlo’s belt.

Gennady Golovkin is a very different fighter than Charlo, but Danny Jacobs is similar stylistically, so that’s something I’ll be used to.

This training camp has been very similar to camps for my previous fights though. We just brought in different sparring partners for this one. We’re using fighters who can show us what Charlo will bring to the ring.

We’re making necessary adjustments based off all our experience and developing a game plan specifically for Charlo. The sparring partners have been giving me great work and I’m absolutely ready for September 26.

I’ll be very focused in the early rounds against Charlo, we’re not dwelling on the past. Those first round knockdowns were just brief moments in those fights. I quickly moved on, put them behind me and fought my way back into it. I told myself that I may have lost the first round, but I just had to be better in the remaining rounds.

We always have an eye looking forward. I’ll try to get the win faster against Charlo, so we’ll be applying more pressure early. I’m not solely focused on the fight going one certain way, we just have our game plan and we’ll see what happens in the ring. If I can knock him out, I’ll be ready to go for it. But if it goes 12 rounds, I have all of the skills to win a decision.

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