On Saturday night the kazah fighter, Gennady Golovkin won by very close unanimous decision. It was a controversial 12 round against Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBO/IBF middleweight belts.
The scores was 114-113, 115-112 and 115-112 for Golovkin. The results were not popular with the crowd, as they booed loudly after the judges’ scores were announced. The booing continued during the entire time Golovkin was interviewed.
They brutalized each other with head and body shots throughout an action-packed battle that’s a definite “Fight of the Year” candidate. And Derevyanchenko’s promoter, Lou DiBella said “That was World War III.’’
Golovkin dropped Derevyanchenko in the first round and opened a cut around Derevyanchenko’s right eye the second round.
In the 5th round Derevyanchenko seemed to hurt Golovkin with a left to the body. But the referee got in the way of Derevyanchenko when he was trying to finish Golovkin with body shots.
The 6th round was close. In the 7th, with Derevyanchenko landing more and doing more work, and Golovkin landing the bigger shots. There was back and forth action in the eight. The ukranian outworked Golovkin during their action in the 9th. Golovkin was taking a lot of damage at the start of the 10th round and continued to work him over for most of the round. Golovkin had the edge in the 11th with his hard shots, but it was still very close. They closed the 12th and final round trading punches for most of the three minutes.
“I want to say thank you so much to my opponent. This was a great job. I respect his team. I told you, he’s a very tough guy. This is huge experience for me. Right now, I understand I need more. Focus is boxing. This was a tough fight. I need a little bit more. I need to still get stronger in my camp. Just more serious. I need to work hard. I need a little bit more focus. After the first round, I feel, ‘This is an easy fight for me.’ No, this is [a] tough fight. … I think it was a bad day for me, a good day for Sergiy, a good day for his team. Guys, this is a huge experience for me. Right now, I’m ready. I know what I need – exactly.” – said Golovkin after the fight.
“The cut really changed the fight. I couldn’t see at times and he was targeting that eye. But, you know, no excuses. It is what it is. I was trying my best. I would like the rematch if possible. I’m ready.” – said Derevyanchenko after the fight.
(Sources: BoxingScene, BoxingNews24)