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GGG vs Derevyanchenko: Pros react to Golovkin’s decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko put on a gritty show in New York.

Gennady Golovkin v Sergiy Derevyanchenko Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Gennadiy Golovkin managed to get the nod on the cards tonight against a highly competitive Sergiy Derevyanchenko, coming out the winner at Madison Square Garden and regaining the IBF middleweight title.

Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) wasn’t his old self by any means, which at 37 should probably be expected, but a lot of it has to be credited to Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO), too, who fought a hell of a fight and had an argument for the win himself.

The win keeps Golovkin in play for a potential third fight with Canelo Alvarez, while Derevyanchenko keeps his status as a legitimate top contender at 160.

Some fighters watched along just like we did, and like us they have their thoughts on the fight. Some feel GGG did nick it, some feel Derevyanchenko deserved it, and all in all it’s generally agreed that we got a hell of a fight.

Here are some words from some of the pros who tuned in this evening: