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Gennady Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko Odds & Picks

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Apr 13, 2020 · 1:45 PM PDT

Gennadiy Golovkin
Gennadiy Golovkin is a heavy favorite over Sergiy Derevyanchenko this weekend. Photo By @GGGBoxing (Twitter)
  • Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko goes Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 pm EST
  • Can GGG secure some gold and notch his 40th victory as a pro?
  • Can Derevyanchenko assert himself as an elite 160 lb-er?

Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko is a prize fight that will provide the winner with some hardware and a big payday in their next outing on Saturday. Madison Square Garden in New York City is where this card emanates from. The vacant IBF and IBO world middleweight championships are up for grabs.

The fistic festivities will be broadcast on DAZN for all to see. This is an intriguing style clash at 160 lbs between a dominant champion who has seen it all and a hungry contender chomping at the bit to really prove himself. The odds for this prizefight and my fight analysis can be found below.

Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko Odds

Fighter Odds
Gennady Golovkin -435
Sergiy Derevyanchenko +360

*Odds taken 10/02/19

GGG is one of the most fearsome boxers of this generation, if not the most terrifying. He has a 90-percent knockout rate and a highlight reel that could instill fear in even the bravest of warriors. Derevyanchenko seems ready for the task and has done his due diligence to be well prepared.

This extends to Derevyanchenko’s choice of a trainer as Andre Rozier will be cornering against Golovkin for the third time this weekend. Daniel Jacobs and Curtis Stevens fell short but perhaps third time’s the charm. I don’t necessarily see that though and think GGG adds one more to that vaunted highlight reel.

GGG Gets the W

There has been dialogue about these two fighting since spring of 2018 while Golovkin held the IBF title and Derevyanchenko was the mandatory challenger. The prizefight finally comes to fruition inside the confines of the world’s most famous arena. Derevyanchenko will have to play the role of the matador in this one if he wants success.

Golovkin’s hard-charging style and knockout power are notorious so a movement intensive, calculated approach will be needed. While Derevyanchenko has a respectable 77-percent KO rate in his own right, it is altogether inadvisable to stand in front of GGG and engage in a firefight. Golovkin’s last fight with Steve Rolls was the latest example of why you don’t want to sling leather with the Good Boy Killer.

GGG seems to really be seeking a third fight with Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez is tied up with Kovalev for light-heavyweight gold but Golovkin still wants that one back eventually. The two fights that GGG and Alvarez had yielded egregiously bad decisions that resulted in cries of corruption from fans and pundits alike.

Alvarez is booked up and seems unwilling to fight Golovkin again so GGG might have to look elsewhere for the short term. European middleweight champ Kamil Szeremeta will also fight on the card and could get the next crack at the main event winner if he impresses.

Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko Tale of the Tape

39-1-1 Record 13-1
35 Knockouts 10
5’10.5 Height 5’9
70″ Reach 67.5″
Daniel Jacobs, David Lemieux, and Daniel Geale Significant Wins Tureano Johnson, Sam Soliman, and Jack Culcay
orthodox Stance orthodox

Derevyanchenko makes few mistakes in the ring and has sustained power over the entirety of the fight. This can be seen in instances where he’s secure stoppage victories in the final round, sometimes even in the 12th round when some fighters are fairly diminished. He’s a worthwhile pugilist but I can’t see him besting Golovkin this weekend. I can see the God of War stopping Derevyanchenko inside of six rounds.

Pick: Golovkin (-435)

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