By Kenneth Friedman:Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko

GGG involved in toughest fight of his career

As it turns out, Derevyanchenko ended up giving Golovkin arguably the toughest fight of his career. This was an even harder fight for Golovkin than his 2 contests against Saul Canelo Alvarez, and his war against Kassim Ouma in 2011.

GGG knocked Derevyanchenko down in round 1

Derevyanchenko says Golovkin hit him in the back of his head

DerevyanchenkoI would like the rematch

The knockdown of Derevyanchenko woke up a sleeping lion, and turned the fight against GGG. Once Derevyanchenko was knocked down, it was the turning point in the fight, as he fought a lot harder. In round 2, Derevyanchenko was cut over his right eye from what appeared to be a punch.

Lou DiBella

Sergiy was ROBBED of his defining moment


“They were booing what they saw was an unjust decision, and I’m not going to use the word ‘robbery,’ but do I think it was a just decision? No, I don’t. I never will, and I was scoring the fight as honestly as I could, and I scored it 8-4 [for Derevyanchenko] on rounds,” said DiBella.

DiBella is correct about the boxing fans booing the judges’ decision rather than Golovkin. The fans at didn’t agree with the decision by the judges. They may have come into the fight as GGG fans, but they were won over by the performance by the 33-year-old Derevyanchenko. Fans aren’t going to cheer for a fighter that they felt lost but was given a questionable decision.

Hearn & Loeffler argue Golovkin deserved win

Golovkin’s two promoters and Tom Loeffler did their best of trying to put a positive spin on the results of the fight at the post-fight news conference by saying that GGG pulled it out in the championship rounds. The boxing public doesn’t agree with their assessment of the fight, and that marginalizes them.

If Golovkin wants to be seen as the better fighter than Derevyanchenko, he’s going to need to give  him a rematch and prove that he’s better. Loefler and Hearn won’t be able to sway public opinion by arguing against the reality of what the fans saw last Saturday night.

GGG involved in BIGGEST drama show of his career

“I thought there was a two-point round obviously, but I had a 3-point fight,” said DiBella. I didn’t go into the ring believing we would get the decision, because the star [Golovkin], and this happens so often in our sport. But tonight was Sergiy’s night, and he did it; Gennady likes to mention ‘drama show.’ This was the biggest drama show of Gennady Golovkin’s career in the ring. He went to hell and back tonight.

“If his chin wasn’t the greatest in boxing, and by the way, Sergiy’s is pretty amazing in his own right, if he didn’t have such a great chin, he would have been knocked out. He had bombs landed on him, and he did it the whole time with him barely able to see. He was cut in the 2nd round. That was a savage cut.

“Credit to the Commission doctors, and credit to the cut man that the fight wasn’t stopped, and fans deprived from seeing such a wonderful fight. And credit to too. What a great fight. Going into, we were saying this was going to be a great fight, but this was a fight that me as a promoter is never going to forget,” said DiBella.

Gennady looked miserable in being booed by fans

Golovkin talks about wanting to give the fans a “real drama show,” but it looked like he wasn’t too happy about Derevyachenko giving him one last night. GGG looked miserable after the fight, especially when he was being booed by the fans. What made matters worse for Golovkin was WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade climbing into the ring, and calling him out.

It’s unknown if this was something that Hearn had planned ahead of time or if Andrade choose to enter the ring on his own. Given that Andrade is one of Hearn’s fighters, it’s possible that he was given the green light by him to enter the ring.

DiBella: GGG and Derevyanchenko won’t be fighting anytime soon

“I’m probably never going to stop feeling gutted by it,” said DiBella. “There’s no justice in boxing, but I feel like in that moment that the decision would go to Sergiy. I don’t think either one of those guys are doing anything immediately,” said Dibella about the wear and tear GGG and Derevyanchenko suffered in the fight.

“Neither one of them is a kid. Sergiy, God knows how many stitches he’s getting. They’re both sitting in a hospital right now. I don’t think either one of them is getting inside the ring anytime quick. But I’ve got to be honest with you, I thought it was more dramatic than the Canelo fights.

“I really did. I mean, the first Canelo fight, I thought GGG won pretty easy, but it wasn’t like a war. This was a war,” said DiBella about Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko. “This was like Gatti-Ward at a skill level of two tremendous athletes. It was a bloody war of attrition, and it was fought at, and there was some amazing things done inside the ring. It’s a credit to GGG and both guys. I just didn’t think GGG won. I love him, but he didn’t win,” said DiBella.

There’s no way that Derevyanchenko will be able to fight soon with the cut that he sustained in the fight. Golovkin might luck out and get the Canelo fight next May, which would give him more than enough time to recover from his grueling match.


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