By Barry Holbrook: Billy Joe Saunders says Gennady Golovkin is going to age physically from his fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko this Saturday night. Saunders thinks this is going to be a war between Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) on at in .

Golovkin-Derevyanchenko will be fighting for the vacant middleweight title.

Saunders predicts Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko will be a slug-fest 

Saunders

If this is the Derevyanchenko that we saw in his fight against Daniel Jacobs last October, then Golovkin is going to take a lot of punishment against him. Derevyanchenko fought Jacobs on the inside the entire fight, and got the better of him.

Billy Joe wants Golovkin to fight him at 168

Golovkin is facing a fighter that is in a must win situation in 33-year-old Derevyanchenko. He lost to Daniel Jacobs by 12 round decision last year in an attempt to capture the middleweight title. The International Federation gave Derevyanchenko a break by letting him fight in an 160-lb title eliminator against Jack Culcay last April. The IBF could have dropped Derevyanchenko down to the bottom of their rankings after his loss to Jacobs.

When lost to in 2014, the IBF dropped Porter all the way to the bottom of their rankings. There was no title eliminator for Porter in his next fight. Derevyanchenko is being given a golden opportunity to win the IBF middleweight title. But if he fails to do it this time against GGG, then it’s likely Derevyanchenko will be dropped far down in the IBF’s rankings the same way Porter was in 2014.

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