It's time again for the once middleweight king to return, and in his way is the very durable and crafty Ukrainian Serhiy Derevianchenko.
Both men are amateur elites (with their hundreds of combined wins and very few losses. The European champions of the world today (including Lomachenko and Usyk) are incredibly skilled as they honed their talents for years across the world as amateurs... and only made the jump to professional boxing when they truly saw fit. Not enough fighters do this today, but it has show the ability to craft champions, and not only that, but champions bearing longevity.
Golovkin is a prime example of a brilliant fighter who not only became champ quite quickly, but defended numerous times against the most fierce of his division. Triple G is a bit older now, and as the competition has gotten much tougher with the likes of younger, stronger (Canelo, Andrade), and arguably more technical men (Saunders)... we will have to witness a serious resurgence from the G if we can believe in his retaining a championship for a good while again.
Serhiy, although losing to Daniel Jacobs (whom Golovkin [arguably] beat unanimously) in a close fight, will pose a serious threat to Golovkin's record. These men know each other well from the amateurs and I look forward to the impending chess match within the ring.
I fully expect this one to go to decision as both men are durable and I believe Serhiy can do more than enough to avoid Golovkin's massive power. This will be Ukraine vs Kazakhstan, and it should be an entertaining one no matter which way it goes! This Saturday night, MSG, it's time!