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Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Tureano Johnson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

Johnson vs. Derevyanchenko

Boxing: Friday, August 25, 2017 (Buffalo Run Casino)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PBC on Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes

Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson fight Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in the IBF middleweight eliminator on FS1.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko enters this fight with a 10-0 record that includes eight knockouts. This will be Derevyanchenko’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Kemahl Russell. Derevyanchenko has been on a mission to earn a title shot since turning pro three years ago, and he finally gets that chance with a victory here. Derevyanchenko is 31 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Derevyanchenko is a powerful boxer who relies on impressive hand speed and combinations, and his last four bouts have ended in knockouts. Derevyanchenko loves working the body and opening his opponent up, and it can get ugly pretty quickly once he’s going to work. Derevyanchenko also has good movement for such an aggressive boxer and hasn’t taken much punishment up to this point. This will be Derevyanchenko’s first fight in Oklahoma. 

Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Tureano Johnson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

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Tureano Johnson enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Johnson has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Fabiano Pena. Johnson hasn’t lost a fight since his 2014 bout with Curtis Stevens and is easily the best pound for pound boxer from the Bahamas. Johnson is 33 years old, stands at 5’10”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Johnson is also an aggressive fighter who likes to pressure his opponent by coming forward and is very dangerous when boxing on the inside due to a viscous uppercut. Johnson has one-punch knockout power and has stopped eight of his last 11 opponents, and that doesn’t include knocking down Eamonn O'Kane twice in the first round. Johnson doesn’t waste much time being the aggressor and is out to hurt his opponent as much as possible. This will be Johnson’s first fight in Oklahoma. 

If you’re a fan of offense and power shots, this is the fight for you, as both guys get after it and are looking to put their opponent in the dirt. Johnson has a shot here due to having a six inch reach advantage, being able to bully his opponent on the inside and the fact he’s simply a tough guy who finds a way to win. However, Johnson’s defense isn’t up to par for the top tier fighters, and somebody as fundamentally sound as Derevyanchenko will break him down. Derevyanchenko is not only an offensive beast, but his footwork, defense, boxing IQ and movement is what separates himself from the other good fighters. Derevyanchenko also just faced a longer fighter in Russell and it didn't bother him one bit. 

Derevyanchenko is one of the best in the middleweight division and inches closer to a title shot.

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