Published: Mon, October 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Golovkin beats Derevyanchenko to win IBF middleweight title

Golovkin beats Derevyanchenko to win IBF middleweight title

After 12 rounds of intense fighting, Gennady Golovkin was proclaimed the victor - but it turns out that the struggle for the title is far from over.

That's exactly what happened on Saturday night in NY, though it might not be what the former unified middleweight champion had in mind.

"GGG" (39-1-1, 35 KOs) will be taking on Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) at Madison Square Garden, where the two will be fighting for the vacant IBF and IBO middleweight titles.

Derevyanchenko appeared to hurt Golovkin with a body shot in the fifth and the Ukrainian was perhaps edging what were close middle rounds.

The two-way action continued into the championship rounds where Golovkin was able to win the final frame on all three judges' cards and secure the decision.

Golovkin was credited with a 243-230 advantage in punches by Compubox, which said Derevyanchenko landed the most punches in any of the 25 Golovkinfights it had tracked. "There are so many great champions here".

It was the Ukrainian who seemed to cause the more damage in the ninth and tenth periods, the younger man's higher work-rate continuing to make the once-imperious Kazakh look more human and aged than ever.

"I lost a little bit of focus".

“Right now its bad day for me, its a huge day for Sergiy, his team.

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Golovkin, now 37, may just be showing signs of being a battle-worn and absorbed more significant strikes throughout the bout than he has in any previous contest and while it made for a thrilling contest and surefire "Fight of the Year" contender, the next consideration is that of exactly where "GGG" goes from here.

“The cut really changed the fight. Everything is ready, just call Canelo.

"It was incredible, and he showed so much heart".

“He hit me in the back of the head. If he says yes, lets do it.”.

"I would like the rematch if it's possible, I'm ready". I knew I was going to take some punches to get him exhausted, and thats exactly what happened, when I felt there was no power, I knew I could take him out.

"What a fight. It was one of the best fights I've seen". Golovkin (159.2) returned to the win column in a big way last time out as he knocked out Steve Rolls in the fourth round.

Sure, there were reasons (excuses) being given, as to why Golovkin, who likely would have kayoed Derevyanchenko easily, early in 2016 and certainly in 2014, didn't do so last night.

“This win is for all for you guys who support me, please give me your attention – I wont disappoint you, every fight will be exciting, I promise you.”.

Canelo will return to the ring on Nov 2 against Russian World Boxing Organisation light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in a Las Vegas fight that will see him move up two weight divisions.

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