- Gennadiy Golovkin UD-12 Sergiy Derevyanchenko (114-113, 115-112, 115-112)
- Israil Madrimov TKO-5 Alejandro Barrera (2:36)
- Ivan Baranchyk TKO-4 Gabriel Bracero (1:30)
- Ali Akhmedov TKO-1 Andrew Hernandez (0:44)
- Brian Ceballo TKO-3 Ramal Amanov (1:20)
- Kamil Szeremeta TKO-2 Oscar Cortes (0:45)
Round By Round
Gennadiy Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Round 1: Derevyanchenko makes a couple of hard feints at center ring to start the fight. Derevyanchenko jabs buts Golovkin catches it on his glove. Jab for Derevyanchenko partially lands. Derevyanchenko is throwing first early and now doubles up on a jab. Golovkin throws a stiff jab now and looks to put in a left hook. Two short shots land on the inside for Derevyanchenko. Jab lands clean for Golovkin upstairs, then another. Double left hook lands for Golovkin, THEN A RIGHT HAND THAT PUTS DEREVYANCHENKO DOWN! Derevyanchenko gets up and throws two shots to fight Golovkin off of him. Left hook from Golovkin misses upstairs. Counter let hand lands well for Derevyanchenko. Golovkin is content to wait this rest of the round out. Golovkin 10-8.
Round 2: Derevyanchenko doubles up on a jab and then grabs hold of Golovkin. Derevyanchenko gets his jab moving again and then throws a right hand to the body. Left hook from Golovkin lands on Derevyanchenko guard. Uppercut from Derevyanchenko to the body lands low, referee tells him to keep them up. Derevyanchenko lands a counter left hook upstairs. Golovkin throws two jabs but doesn’t land them clean. Now Golovkin lands a solid left hook to the head. Derevyanchenko is on the ropes and then throws two big shots to get back to center ring. Hard right hook to the body lands clean for Golovkin. Three left hands come from Golovkin and Derevyanchenko is bleeding badly over his right eye. Golovkin 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Well, close ups reveals Derevyanchenko has a terrible cut right over his eye — that’s gonna be a problem. Both fighters trade but Golovkin lands harder shots. Derevyanchenko throws two body shots, then two more, then turns and throws a few more shots! Derevyanchenko is making a stand here to gain Golovkin’s respect and start bringing the fight to him! Golovkin takes a step back and lands a counter left hook upstairs. Sneaky hard right hand lands to the body for Golovkin. Jab lands clean for Golovkin, splitting Derevyanchenko’s guard. Hard right hand lands for Golovkin, then a counter after Derevyanchenko fires back. Double left to the body lands for Derevyanchenko. Golovkin is landing the more damaging shots. Golovkin 10-9.
Round 4: Double left hand comes from Golovkin. Derevyanchenko attacks and looks to go to the body. Derevyanchenko chases after Golovkin as he wants to keep him moving backwards and not give him a lot of time to think. Right hand lands to the body for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko throws three shots but Golovkin defends them pretty well. Jab lands for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko lands a left hand upstairs now, and pushes Golovkin back at center ring. Derevyanchenko digs to the body with two shots and Golovkin backs off. Now Golovkin partially lands a right upperut on the inside. Derevyanchenko comes forward and lands a couple of good shots. Right hand lands to the body for Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko ducks a hook, paws at the blood in his eye, and fires two body shots. Derevyanchenko 10-9, 36-39.
Round 5: The commission has ruled that Derevyanchenko’s cut was caused by a head clash and not a punch. Doctors look at Derevyanchenko’s cut and say he’s good to continue. Golovkin comes out and throws a couple of left hands that lands pretty well. Derevyanchenko throws a right hand that glances off Golovkin’s guard. Right hand lands to the body for Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko throws a few more shots as Golovkin covers up. Derevyanchenko is getting off first more often but Golovkin just packs a much bigger punch in exchanges. Uppercut lands clean on the inside for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko blocks a Golovkin hook and throws a couple punches back that don’t land clean. Derevyanchenko throws a few jabs and Golovkin tries to counter but misses. Hard left hook from Derevyanchenko hurts Golovkin to the body! Golovkin takes a step back as the referee gets caught in between the fighters somehow. Wow. Derevyanchenko 10-9.
Round 6: Golovkin lands two big shots early that get’s Derevyanchenko’s attention, demonstrating he’s still dangerous. Derevyanchenko jabs upstairs. Derevyanchenko goes to the body with a left hand as Golovkin covers up. Golovkin steps forward and throws a jab but Derevyanchenko turns and throws several jabs followed by a right hand. Derevyanchenko is outworking Golovkin with his hands and his feet! Derevyanchenko comes on the attack and Golovkin lands a left hand downstairs. Golovkin misses on a hook and Derevyanchenko throws a one-two. Hard left hook lands to the body for Golovkin. Uppercut lands on the inside for Derevyanchenko to the body. Now Golovkin gets in a shot of his own before the bell. Close round. I edge this round to Derevyanchenko ever so slightly. Derevyanchenko 10-9, 56-57.
Round 7: Golovkin comes out on the attack and throws a few hooks as he tries to back Derevyanchenko up. Derevyanchenko tries to fight Golovkin off him and lands a clean jab. Two body shots land for Derevyanchenko, Golovkin gets in a hook upstairs. Both fighters trade body shots. Golovkin misses on a jab. Hard right hand lands upstairs for Golovkin. Golovkin blocks a hook from Derevyanchenko and turns him at center ring. Hook and jab lands for Golovkin. Double left hook lands upstairs for Derevyanchenko. Left hook lands upstiars for Golovkin during and exchange and both fighters trade at the bell! Golovkin 10-9.
Round 8: Two little body shots land on the inside for Derevyanchenko. Golovkin partially lands an uppercut. Derevyanchenko pushes forward and throws a left hook to the body. Right hand lands over the top for Derevyanchenko. Right hand lands to the body for Derevyanchenko, albeit a little low. Derevyanchenko ties up Golovkin once he gets in close. Now Golovkin lands a few hard shots that shake up Derevyanchenko a little! Derevyanchenko’s eye is bleeding pretty good again, which it hasn’t been the last few rounds. Right hand lands to the body for Golovkin. One-two from Derevyanchenko gets blocked by Golovkin. Another close round but I’m leaning towards Golovkin. Golovkin 10-9, 77-74.
Round 9: Both fighters come out looking to throw and Golovkin lands a right hand over the top before Derevyanchenko ties him up. Now Derevyanchenko lands a right hand upstairs and follows it up with a flurry of punches and is fighting at a hard pace for Golovkin to match. Jab lands clean for Golovkin. Another clean jab lands for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko starts bouncing a little more and steps in with a right hand that misses. Jab lands to the body for Derevyanchenko. Two body shots from Derevyanchenko stray a little low by my eye. Stiff jab lands for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko jabs to the body. I like Derevyanchenko’s work rate in this round. Derevyanchenko 10-9.
Round 10: Right hand from Golovkin partially lands. Left hook from Golovkin lands and Derevyanchenko fires back with a series of punches that land clean on Golovkin! Derevyanchenko continues to throw and land on Golovkin, who now has his face visibly marked. Left to the body lands for Derevyanchenko. Right hand lands downstairs for Derevyanchenko now. Jab, then another, then another land for Derevyanchenko! Golovkin gets warned for hitting behind the head. Two big shots from Golovkin mss and Derevyanchenko counters with a flurry of punches. Derevyanchenko lands two clean straight shots upstairs. Derevyanchenko ducks a series of Golovkin hooks and throws a jab. Three shots come from Golovkin to end the round. Derevyanchenko 10-9, 94-95.
Round 11: Uppercut lands for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko tries to jab and stay on the outside momentarily. Two shots come from Derevyanchenko but Golovkin counters with a left hand. Right hand lands upstairs for Derevyanchenko, then a good body shot. Derevyanchenko keeps attacking when he has the momentum and that’s really been working in his favor. Two body shots land for Derevyanchenko. Golovkin tries a chopping left hook. Golovkin lands a clean jab, then partially lands an overhand right. Derevyanchenko misses on two shots but lands a right to the body a short time later. Right hand lands clean for Golovkin during the final exchange. Golovkin 10-9.
Round 12: Both fighters throws shots right away to start the final round. Right hand lands downstairs for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko tries to work the body but gets tied up. Right hand lands to the body for Derevyanchenko, then two more short shots on the inside. Straight right hand lands to the body for Derevyanchenko. Golovkin misses on a big right hand and Derevyanchenko tries to jump on him with some punches. Clean right hand lands for Golovkin upstairs. Derevyanchenko gets in one good body shot out of three. Both fighters try to trade but they’re smothering each other to land anything too big. Uppercut lands for Golovkin right before the bell while Derevyanchenko is throwing. Derevyanchenko 10-9. I’ve got it scored for Golovkin, just barely, 114-113.
Israil Madrimov vs. Alejandro Barrera
Round 1: Barrera flicks a jab as Madrimov tries to duck low and get in range. Double jab comes from Madrimov before Madrimov lands a hard left hook that puts Barrera down only a minutes into the fight! Barrera gets up but and wants to keep fighting. Barrera tries to keep an active jab but he doesn’t seem to have much else to offer. Madrimov misses on a left hand from a southpaw stance. Now Madrimov turnes back to orthodox and ducks a few shots from Barrera. Madrimov lands a left hand to the body to end the round. Madrimov 10-8.
Round 2: Madrimov steps ina nd out and ducks a shot from Barrera. Hard right hand lands to the body for Madrimov. Now Madrimov lands a lead jab as Madrimov continuously switches from orthodox to southpaw in a fluid style. Left hook lands upstairs for Madrimov. Uppercut from Barrera just misses as Madrimov gets on the inside. Left hand from Madrimov grazes Barrera to the body. Jab lands to the body for Madrimov, then a left hook downstairs. Both fighters trade at center ring but Madrimov seems to get the better of it. Madrimov 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Madrimov comes out to center ring and slips a few jabs from Barrera. Right hand to the body scores for Madrimov. Madrimov leaps in with a left hook that lands upstairs but he also finds himself caught between the ropes. Now Madrimov misses on a wide left hook. Barrera partially lands a right hand. Body shot lands for Madrimov. Big uppercut from Madrimov misses, and he follows it up with a lunging left hook that doesn’t land clean. Straight left hand from Madrimov partially lands. Now Madrimov lands a clean straight left to the body. Madrimov follows it up with two body shots and Barrera tries to come back with a few shots including one after the bell. Madrimov 10-9.
Round 4: Madrimov misses on a jab to the body. Barrera flicks a few jabs as he tries to maintain distance on Madrimov. Madrimov throws a short combination and partially lands a couple of punches. Clean jab to the body lands for Madrimov from the orthodox stance. Madrimov chances stances so often it’s making it difficult for Barrera to keep up. Clean left hand lands upstairs for Madrimov from the southpaw stance now. Now Madrimov lands a left to the body. Two uppercuts land to the body for Madrimov as he drives Barrera into the ropes. Clean left hand lands upstairs for Madrimov, then a hook to the body for Madrimov. Madrimov slips a couple of shots before the bell. Madrimov 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Madrimov misses on a counter left hand but follows it up with a straight left to the body. Madrimov is stalking Barrera and looking to put some heavy punches on him. Clean right hand lands upstairs for Madrimov from the southpaw stance. Now Madrimov lands a right, then a left hand to the body. Hard straight left lands upstairs for Madrimov two times in quick succession. Madrimov is teeing off on Barrera, who basically can’t dodge a head shot. Madrimov continues to work both hands as he strafes Barrera. Barrera looks like he’s in trouble. This fight should be stopped here I think, Barrera taking too many clean head shots for my liking. Another hook from Madrimov makes Barrera stumble across the ring and the referee steps in to stop the fight. Madrimov does a back flip in the ring! Madrimov TKO-5.
Ivan Baranchyk vs. Gabriel Bracero
Round 1: Baranchyk comes out to center ring and lands a couple shots and then a big left hook that knocks Bracero into the ropes right away! Baranchyk steps back in and Bracero tries to pick him off with a jab that misses. Right hand from Baranchyk just misses upstairs. Bracero throws a couple of punches but Baranchyk counters with a flurry and then pushes Bracero to the canvas — no knockdown. Left hook lands upstairs for Baranchyk, who is really imposing his physicality on Bracero early. Looping right hand from Baranchyk misses, but the follow up left hand finds a home. Bracero misses on a couple of punches upstairs. Baranchyk lands a counter hook but Bracero stands and throws an ineffective combination. Shot right uppercut lands on the inside for Bracero and Baranchyk throws a monster punch that misses and makes him fall to the canvas. That’s embarrasing. Baranchyk 10-9.
Round 2: Nice left hand counter lands for Bracero as he times Baranchyk coming in. Bracero lands a clean jab now. Hard left hook lands upstairs for Baranchyk and it shakes Bracero up! Bracero tries to skirt the outside until he gets his wits back and Bracero grabs Baranchyk at the knees and tackles him. Referee warns both fighters for their tactics. Bracero’s face is looking distressed and Baranchyk steps in right hand to the body. Both fighters trade with Bracero on the ropes and both fighters lands some clean punches. Leaping left hook lands for Baranchyk, who is throwing punches like it’s fucking Dragonball Z! Baranchyk 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Baranchyk comes out with a quick left hand. Bracero lands a short right uppercut on the inside. Hard left hook to the body lands for Baranchyk, Bracero returns fire with a combination of his own. Baranchyk stalks Bracero and lands a right hook to the head. Hard jab to the body lands for Baranchyk, who continues to have Bracero on retreat. Right hook lands upstairs for Baranchyk again. Bracero misses on a couple of jabs as Baranchyk presses forward while keeping his hands home for a bit. Bracero lands a hook upstairs but Baranchyk fires back and both fighters trade at the bell. Bracero is making it a scrap but Baranchyk is winning. Baranchyk 10-9.
Round 4: Baranchyk presses Bracero to the ropes right away but Bracero gets off first with a few punches. Baranchyk continues to stalk and then throws a few shots. Hard left hook lands upstairs for Baranchyk, then a couple more punches that has Bracero stunned. Referee calls a timeout to warn Bracero for something I couldn’t make out. Hard shots land for Baranchyk and Bracero is unsteady and falls to the canvas. Bracero gets up with a bloody face and obviously in bad shape. They call off the fight! Baranchyk TKO-4.
Tonight at 7 pm ET live on DAZN, Gennadiy Golovkin returns to Madison Square Garden in the main event against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, as the two fight for the vacant IBF middleweight title.
Wil Esco will be on the round by round call for the main portion of the card starting at 9 pm ET.
Golovkin, 37, is older but also has a ton more top-level experience than Derevyanchenko, 33, who is taking his second crack at a vacant world title after losing to Daniel Jacobs about a year ago.
The rest of the show features several good prospects and also the return of former 140-pound titleholder Ivan Baranchyk.
Here’s the full card:
Main Card (DAZN, 7:00 pm ET)
- Gennadiy Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO) vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KO), middleweights, 12 rounds
- Israil Madrimov (3-0, 3 KO) vs Alejandro Barrera (29-5, 18 KO), junior middleweights, 10 rounds
- Ivan Baranchyk (19-1, 12 KO) vs Gabriel Bracero (25-3-1, 6 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Ali Akhmedov (15-0, 11 KO) vs Andrew Hernandez (20-7-2, 9 KO), super middleweights, 12 rounds
- Brian Ceballo (10-0, 5 KO) vs Ramal Amanov (16-0, 5 KO), welterweights, 8 rounds
- Kamil Szeremeta (20-0, 4 KO) vs Oscar Cortes (27-4, 14 KO), middleweights, 8 rounds