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FRI­DAY Au­gust 25, 2017

FOR­MER Ukrainian am­a­teur star

Sergiy Derevyanchenko stops Ba­hamas-born Ture­ano John­son in the 12th round at the Buf­falo Run Casino in Mi­ami, Ok­la­homa.

With the win, Derevyanchenko se­cures the No. 1 spot in the IBF mid­dleweight rat­ings, thus putting him­self in line for a po­ten­tial shot at the win­ner of next month’s mouth-wa­ter­ing megafight be­tween Canelo Al­varez and

Gen­nady Golovkin.

The switch-hit­ting John­son starts ag­gres­sively, but Derevyanchenko’s sharp jab soon has the East­ern Euro­pean in con­trol. In the third, Sergiy gets through with hurt­ful com­bi­na­tions to the head, forc­ing his op­po­nent to cover up.

Derevyanchenko con­tin­ues to grind away at John­son with eye­catch­ing com­bos, be­fore a trio of clean left hooks to the head fin­ishes Ture­ano off af­ter 40 sec­onds of the fi­nal frame.

He says: “I’m ready to fight the win­ner of Golovkin-canelo for the ti­tle. I think that Golovkin will win.”

Photo: GARY CROW/PRE­MIER BOX­ING CHAM­PI­ONS

NO FEAR: Derevyanchenko stops John­son, and tar­gets the Golovkin-canelo win­ner

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