Derevyanchenko is a big threat to local Jacobs
JUST over a month after Canelo Alvarez beat Gennady Golovkin in a clash to decide the world’s best middleweight, the No. 3 spot is on the line at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York on Saturday (October 27). Local Daniel Jacobs [below] boxes Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF belt. This show is televised on HBO and promoted by Matchroom Boxing, who scooped up Jacobs as their first big American signing upon their expansion into the US. So it would be a blow if the popular cancer survivor, a former world title challenger, came unstuck this weekend. Brooklyn-based Ukrainian Derevyanchenko, only 12-0 (10) as a pro but a long-time top amateur, has the toughness and the punch to make that a realistic prospect. But the safer pick is for Jacobs, 34-2 (29), to eke out a close points victory.
Another 12-rounder sees Puerto Rican super-feather southpaw
Alberto Machado, 20-0 (16), favoured to defeat Cleveland’s
Yuandale Evans, 20-1 (14), while New Yorker Heather Hardy, 21-0 (4), clashes with Rhode Island’s
Shelly Vincent, 23-1 (1), for the vacant WBO female feather crown over 10-twos.