Gennadiy Golovkin meets Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Oct. 5 for the vacant IBF middleweight title, live on DAZN.
One of boxing’s biggest stars returns for the second time in four months on Saturday, Oct. 5, as Gennadiy Golovkin battles Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Golovkin rival Canelo Alvarez had won the IBF belt in May against Daniel Jacobs in a title unification bout. It appeared then that Alvarez and Golovkin would lock horns for the third time, but Alvarez had other plans in mind and refused to agree to fight his arch-nemesis in 2019.
Derevyanchenko was the top contender to face Alvarez, and the sanctioning body ordered a purse bid. The fight teams entered negotiations. A couple extensions were granted at the request of Alvarez’s promotional team at Golden Boy Promotions, but an agreement failed to materialize.
Due to that, Alvarez unknowingly was stripped of the belt. Golovkin was the No. 2 contender, so conversations began between GGG and Derevyanchenko’s team. Talks went longer than expected, but finally terms were agreed upon, and the fight was on.
Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) rebounded from the first loss of his career to Alvarez in September 2018 to notch a fourth-round knockout of Steve Rolls in June. The 37-year-old looks to become a two-time IBF titlist. He won the belt against David Lemieux in October 2015 and held it for nearly three years before losing it to Alvarez.
DAZN Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) competes for the IBF strap for the second time. In October 2018, the Ukrainian came up just short, losing a split-decision to Jacobs. He rebounded in April with a unanimous-decision victory over Jack Culcay.
Golovkin wants another crack at Alvarez to prove to the boxing world that he won both Alvarez fights and the judges scored them wrong. The heavy hitter cannot get there unless he beats Derevyanchenko.
Here’s a complete guide to the Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight, which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, along with updated betting odds, who’s on the undercard and more.
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WHEN IS GGG’S NEXT FIGHT?
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5 2019
Undercard: 7 p.m. ET
Main card: 9 p.m. ET
Main event: 11 p.m. ET (approximate)
The undercard for Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko will start at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 5. Golovkin and Derevyanchenko are expected to make their ring walks at about 11 p.m. ET.
GGG VS. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO LIVE STREAM
The GGG vs. Derevyanchenko fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1.
HOW MUCH DOES THE GGG VS. DEREVYANCHENKO FIGHT COST?
A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
WHERE IS THE GGG VS. DEREVYANCHENKO FIGHT?
Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko will fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This marks the seventh time in Golovkin’s boxing career that he’s fighting at MSG, while Derevyanchenko fights at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” for the first time.
GENNADIY GOLOVKIN VS. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO BETTING ODDS
According to SportsbookReview.com, Gennadiy Golovkin opened as a -490 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $490 to win $100. Meanwhile, Derevyanchenko is a +390 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $390.
GENNADIY GOLOVKIN RECORD AND BIO
Name: Gennadiy Golovkin
Born: April 8, 1982
Total fights: 41
Record: 39-1-1 with 35 knockouts
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO RECORD AND BIO
Name: Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Born: October 31. 1985
Total fights: 14
Record: 13-1 with ten knockouts
By Robert Addams: Gennady Golovkin will be fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko LIVE on DAZN and Sky Sports. It’s a great deal for boxing fans in the UK to be able to see the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko fight on Sky. GGG is looking to go on a second title run at middleweight.
Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) is trying to win back one of his old titles after losing to Saul Canelo Alvarez by a 12 round decision a year ago in September 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. GGG, 37, will be facing 2008 Ukrainian Olympian Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) on the 5th of October at Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin will be fighting in Derevyanchenko’s hometown in New York. Derevyanchenko lives in Brooklyn.
Golovkin looking to make a statement
The IBF 160-lb title was recently stripped from Canelo after he failed to defend the title in time against mandatory challenger Derevyanchenko. This gives Golovkin the opportunity to capture the IBF title by going up against a very tough opponent in Derevyanchenko. An impressive win for GGG could make a statement to Canelo, and the boxing world that he’s ready to reclaim his #1 status as the best middleweight in the division.
Golovkin came back from his loss to Canelo recently to crush Steve Rolls by a 4th round knockout in his debut on DAZN last June. That was GGG’s first fight with new trainer Johnathon Banks, and he showed a more aggressive style that involved combination punching. That was something that had been missing from his game.
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Before signing on Banks as his trainer, Golovkin had always been the type of fighter that threw only punch at a time. This hurt him in his fights the counter-punching Canelo, as he’s done well during his career against fighters that throw one shot at a time.
“Gennadiy has the chance to become a two-time world middleweight champion and Derevyanchenko will be coming to spoil the party. Tune in and don’t miss it, but remember not to blink,” said Golovkin’s promoter Eddie Hearn to skysports.com.
Derevyanchenko lost for the first time last October in a close 12 round split decision defeat against Danny Jacobs for the vacant IBF middleweight title. He showed a lot of skills, power and ring smarts in the loss.
Billy Joe Saunders predicts Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko will be grueling affair
“I think it’s going to be a grueling fight for both. And I think it’s going to take a lot away from Golovkin, and in life, a lot of battery life from that fight,” said Billy Joe Saunders to Behind The Gloves about GGG’s fight against Derevyanchenko on October 5. “I think Golovkin is going to win. It’s going to take a lot of battery life away from him, yeah.
“It’s the one that I would be up for. If they asked me for the fight, I would be up for the moon for it,” said WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to Fighthype about a fight between him and Golovkin in 2020. “Hopefully, one day yeah.”