Gennady Golovkin bids to reclaim the vacant IBF world middleweight title when he faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko in New York on Saturday night.


Golovkin still a factor on world stage

Golovkin gets his chance to win another title this weekend and the Kazakhstan fighter will still have his eyes on a trilogy with Canelo Alvarez if he can get past his latest opponent at Madison Square Garden.

GGG was last seen in action in June, easing to a win against unheralded Steve Rolls in New York. His fourth-round stoppage was no surprise and underlined the gulf in class between the two boxers.

Former middleweight king Golovkin’s career appears to have been defined by his two fights against Alvarez and he still has unfinished business with the Mexican.

The first contest, two years ago, was hotly disputed as it ended in a split decision draw despite many feeling Golovkin won the fight.


The Las Vegas rematch last year was another fiercely competitive contest but Alvarez came out on top with a majority win on points to unify the world titles.

Golovkin called out Alvarez after his victory against Rolls but his hopes of a third fight did not come to fruition.

Instead the Mexican superstar is preparing to step up in weight division to face Sergey Kovalev next month and Golovkin will have to focus his efforts on winning the IBF belt.

The 37-year-old may have passed his prime but is still a world class operator with fierce power. His record stands at 39 wins, one defeat and a draw with 35 of his victories coming inside the distance.

It will take a big performance from his opponent to win with Alvarez the only boxer to deny Golovkin during his career in the ring.


Derevyanchenko bids to upstage GGG

Derevyanchenko is known as ‘The Technician’ and he will have to produce a technical masterpiece if he is to get the better of Golovkin.

The 33-year-old Ukraine fighter, now based in Brooklyn, comes into this fight with a professional record of 13 wins and one defeat.

This will be his second shot at a world title after he was beaten by Daniel Jacobs in a closely-fought split decision last year.

Derevyanchenko was last seen competing in April with a unanimous points victory against Jack Culcay in Minneapolis.


Golovkin v Derevyanchenko: The verdict

Golovkin is the 1/5 favourite to win the world title with Derevyanchenko 10/3 to pull off the upset.

Derevyanchenko probably does not have the power to seriously trouble Golovkin and will hope to win the early rounds to give himself a chance.

GGG still packs a serious punch at his age and should have too much quality for his opponent.

Golvokin is strongly fancied to come out on top to reclaim the IBF title but the question is what will be the method of victory?

A stoppage win is the marginal favourite but it could be worth backing Golovkin to win on points.

Derevyanchenko has never been stopped and certainly proved his durability in taking Jacobs, who gave Golovkin problems two years ago, the distance.
Three of Golovkin’s last five fights have gone to the scorecards and Derevyanchenko is capable of hearing the final bell in New York.

Tip: Golovkin to win by decision or technical decision at

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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