Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko are headed for an Oct. 5 showdown at Madison Square Garden, which will air live on DAZN, and both men are preparing for a hard night.
Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO) returned to action on June 8, steamrolling a hand-picked Steve Rolls with a brutal fourth round knockout at MSG. He didn’t underestimate Rolls, but everyone feels that Derevyanchenko is a much bigger threat, and GGG has a lot of respect for his next foe.
“I have the best opponent, Sergiy. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very good fighter. This is a real fight,” Golovkin said. “I’m a little bit scared because he’s good. I know his team is very strong. And I’m scared because he looks good. He looks strong. He feels it’s his time right now. Maybe — this is boxing, nobody knows.”
Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KO) will be getting his second world title opportunity, having come up short in a very competitive fight against Daniel Jacobs, also for the vacant IBF belt, in Oct. 2018.
The 33-year-old Ukrainian is keenly aware of Golovkin’s reputation and accomplishments, but he wants to be the man who ends GGG’s time at the top of the division.
“I know exactly who I’m getting in the ring with,” Derevyanchenko said. “He’s the former middleweight champion of the world, one of the best fighters in the world, but his time is coming to an end and I want to be the one that makes that time come to an end.”