By Mark Elezaj
It’s official, Gennadiy Golovkin will step back in the ring to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight title on Oct. 5, 2019 from Madison Square Garden, live on DAZN.
Both sides agreed on financial terms and mandatory drug testing nearly two weeks ago, but the fight was held up by “secondary elements,” per ESPN, including the number of hotel rooms for Derevyanchenko’s team.
Tickets and fines also took longer to negotiate, but both sides have come to an agreement and we have a fight!
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn will promote the fight with GGG Promotions, and he will be hosting a news conference to kick off the promotion for the upcoming fight on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
This will be the seventh time in Golovkin’s career that he has fought in Madison Square Garden.
“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,” said Golovkin. “On Oct. 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.”
“I’m very excited that my team has secured another opportunity for me to fight for the middleweight championship of the world,” said Derevyanchenko. “I have a great deal of respect for GGG and looking 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 (39-1, 35 KO) won the IBF belt back in Oct. 2015, when he stopped David Lemieux in the eighth round of an HBO pay-per-view main event at MSG.
He went on to defend the title three times before being questionably stripped in the spring of 2018, when Canelo Alvarez pulled out of a scheduled rematch following a failed drug test.
Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KO) was the mandatory, but Golovkin failed to make that defense, and went on to face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5, which was not sanctioned as a title defense.
“I’m very proud to provide Sergiy Derevyanchenko another opportunity to become the Middleweight champion of the world,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Sergiy came very close to fulfilling his dream last year and I truly believe that his time is now against GGG, one of the best Middleweights of this era. Saturday, October 5, will be a very special night for boxing at Madison Square Garden and live on DAZN, when GGG will be tested to his limits by a true threat in the Middleweight division.”
“They call it the Big Drama Show and that’s exactly what the fans will enjoy at MSG on October 5, live on DAZN,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Gennadiy has a chance to regain his World Middleweight crown and Sergiy will bring the fire – the styles should gel brilliantly for a brutal battle. We look forward to a fantastic event with a stacked card at the iconic Mecca of boxing.”
“We’re happy to have Gennadiy back in the ring looking to reclaim a piece of the middleweight championship,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America. “October 5 is just the beginning of fight season on DAZN, which promises to be the best year end schedule in the sport.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~