Even though the press conference to formally introduce the fight/fighters won’t be until Thursday, it’s official. Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Derevyanchenko are officially meeting for the IBF Middleweight Title on October 5th at Madison Square Garden, in NY.
The announcement came from DAZN Streaming service, as well as Triple G Promotions and Matchroom Boxing, that Golovkin will look to regain a portion of the 160 lbs. title he lost to Canelo Alvarez last September:
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) August 21, 2019
As we wrote yesterday, GGG and Derevyanchenko are meeting in October after the IBF stripped Alvarez earlier this month for refusing to defend against their #1 challenger, Derevyachenko.
Golovkin, the former Undisputed Middleweight Champ (39-1-1 35 KOs), fought last at MSG in June on DAZN, when he knocked out little known Canadian middleweight Steve Rolls in the fourth round.
As for Derevyanchenko, He’s 13-1 with 10 KOs, and this will be his second attempt at the IBF belt, as he lost in his first go-around to Daniel Jacobs back last October. He had become the number one contender by winning by unanimous 12 round decision over Jack Culcay on April 13 in Minneapolis.
From the press release Wednesday Golovkin said of his latest title opportunity,
“Everyone knows that I consider Madison Square Garden as my home away from home and there is nothing better than fighting there again. It is old school. On October 5, it’s going to be a good fight. Every time I enter the ring I try to give my fans the fight they want to see, the show they deserve.
This will be such a fight. We will bring back Big Drama Show to the ring of The Garden and to DAZN. Don’t miss it. You will see everything you love in the sport of boxing. See you in New York.”
As for Derevyanchenko,
“I’m very excited that my team has secured another opportunity for me to fight for the Middleweight championship of the world. I have a great deal of respect for ‘GGG’ and look forward to proving in the ring that I will be up to challenge and fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a world champion.
Those in attendance at Madison Square Garden and watching on DAZN will see an outstanding battle on Saturday October 5 – I can’t wait to enter the ring.”
Golovkin previously held a portion or all of the Middleweight belts starting in January 2013 and until Alvarez beat him by split decision in Las Vegas in September of last year.