DANNY DAN­GER

Derevyanchenko is a big threat to lo­cal Ja­cobs

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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.

Photo: ED MUL­HOL­LAND/MATCHROOM

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