According to Golden Boy President Eric Gomez, middleweight contenders Tureano Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) will meet on August 25th in an IBF eliminator fight. The fight appears to be scheduled at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma with Gomez making the news official to RingTV.
Johnson, 33, currently has the #1 rating with the IBF while Derevyanchenko, 31, holds the #2 position with the sanctioning body. The winner would become the mandatory challenger to current titleholder Gennady Golovkin — although that belt could change hands when he faces Canelo Alvarez this September.
Johnson is most recently coming off of a knockout win over Fabiano Pena in March, marking his sixth consecutive win since losing his first fight to Curtis Stevens back in 2014.
Meanwhile Derevyanchenko, who is promoted by Lou DiBella, is riding a four-fight stoppage streak, last knocking out Kemalh Russell this past March.
DiBella won the purse bid for the fight, which is good news for him because it’s actually a really good match-up. But what say you, fans? How do you like this fight? Sound off below.