Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Daniel Jacobs
|Date & Time||Saturday October 27, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight Saturday for the IBF middleweight title at the Hulu Theater.
Daniel Jacobs enters this fight with a 34-2 record that includes 29 knockouts. Jacobs has won five of his last six, and he’s coming off a April win over Maciej Sulecki. Jacobs has put together clear back-to-back unanimous decision victories to help ease the pain of a tight loss to Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs has a chance to earn his first belt since losing the WBA middleweight title in his bout against GGG. Jacobs is a big middleweight at 31 years old who stands in at 6’0” and has a 73-inch reach, and that size along with his punching power makes him a very tough matchup for most opponents. Jacobs is good at getting in and getting out with power shots and has good movement that makes it tough to line up a clean shot. Jacobs hasn’t had a knockout in two years, but nobody can sleep on his ability to end a fight on his terms. While Jacobs was knocked out in 2010, he’s put questions about his chin to bed recently and gained a new level of respect in his 12 round battle against one of the top boxers on the planet. This will be Jacobs’ 13th career fight in New York, his birthplace.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Derevyanchenko’s fourth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a March win over Dashon Johnson. Derevyanchenko has been looking for his title shot since turning pro in 2014, and he’s finally got it. Derevyanchenko has won each of his last six fights by stoppage and four of those fights ended in the sixth round or earlier. Derevyanchenko is almost 33 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 to just overwhelm his opponent. Derevyanchenko loves working the body and opening his target up over the course of the bout, and he really begins to takeover the longer a fight drags out. Derevyanchenko is also an underrated mover in the ring and hasn’t truly been tested in terms of taking a beating at his point in his career. This will be Derevyanchenko’s fifth career fight in New York.
Derevyanchenko has never been in a fight this big before and hasn’t truly been tested yet in terms of fighting somebody who takes it to him and gets in some good shots. Derevyanchenko has never been in a battle before. Jacobs has a massive size advantage in this fight, is in his home city and is sure to force Derevyanchenko to defend himself. Derevyanchenko won’t be able to walk down his opponent in this bout and do whatever he wants offensively. There’s going to be a major adjustment for the visitor in this fight.
I like Jacobs to win and give Derevyanchenko his first career loss.