By Matt Lieberman: Sergiy Derevyanchenko and his manager Keith Connolly want Saul Canelo Alvarez next after losing a highly controversial 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to Gennadiy Golovkin, according to Mike Coppinger. A lot people think Derevyanchenko was robbed. Canelo would be pleasing many of those fans if he acknowledged Derevyanchenko as the guy more worthy of a fight than Golovkin.
Canelo has the following options after his next fight with Kovalev:
- Gennady Golovkin
- Demetrius Andrade
- Ryota Murata
- Billy Joe Saunders
- Callum Smith
- Sergiy Dervyanchenko
Derevyanchnko the ideal opponent for Canelo right now
Canelo will need a good opponent when he moves back down to 160, and he would make a lot of boxing fans happy if he selects Derevyanchenko. It would be one of those situations where Canelo can quiet his critics that have pressuring him to fight GGG a third time. If Canelo fights Derevyanchenko, and beats him in an impressive manner, the fans would see it as pointless to press him further to fight Golovkin again.
The fans want to see Golovkin fight Canelo Alvarez or Derevyanchenko
GGG not likely to fight Derevyanchenko next
Hearn wants GGG to fight his Matchroom guys Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders or Demetrius Andrade next if Canelo chooses not to face him. Eddie has not been able to put any of these champions in a big fight for some reason. Saunders and Andrade were guys that signed with Hearn recently, and their previous promoters had not matched them against big names.
Derevyanchenko won a lot of new fans last Saturday
Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) is now seen as the uncrowned champion after failing for the second time to win the vacant ibf middleweight title.
Last October, Derevyanchenko lost a questionable 12 round split decision to Daniel Jacobs at madison square garden. A year later, Derevyanchenko had the same thing happen to him in his fight against Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs).