Writer: Jamal Henderson
Published: October 25, 2018
Back at it again! First things first, this article is sponsored by The Jammy Brand. Get your merch.
OK, now who is trying to rock with me to New York City this weekend? Madison Square Garden. And no, not to see my bum ass Knicks play (we on the up though!); we in there for BOXING. See while the sheep are trying to steer you away from the sweet science, by telling you it is dead, Suave has asked me to save y’all – boxing is alive and well.
UFC is cool and all, but c’mon, Y’all saw that McGregor vs Khabib fight. Khabib laid on McGregor for long periods of time and all the real action happened post fight. The highlight of the night was Derrick Lewis’ interview! We got real fights over on this side!
On the heels of Canelo vs GGG 2, we were just blessed with a sensational 12th round TKO by Pound for Pound King, Terence Crawford. Last weekend we even got to see Shakur Stevenson with the flashy first round knockout. Upcoming, we have Lomachenko vs. Pedraza and Wilder vs. Fury. Boxing is so lit right now!
As I was saying before, October 27th you can catch me watching Daniel Jacobs square off against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Stop. Reread that. I said Derevyanchenko not Lomachenko. Don’t get them confused. On paper they are eerily similar though. Derevyanchenko, is also an amateur standout (390-20) and Ukrainian Olympian. Also like Loma, he is challenging for a title in very few Pro fights; he’s only 12-0. Winning this fight could have him sitting right next to his countryman on the Pound for Pound list.
Danny Jacobs is a former champion and the King of NY Boxing at the moment. He is one of Brooklyn’s finest. This fight is technically home court advantage for him. Jacobs just signed a promotional contract with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports. They are the Top Rank/Golden Boy of Europe. I’m thankful for this, because now Danny will get the promotion he deserves.
See, Danny is a former WBA Champion. Danny Jacobs also has a quality resume, with wins over the likes of: Ishe Smith, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora (2x), and Peter Quillin. The Latter win was the fight for NYC supremacy. In what was supposed to be an exciting and hotly contested fight between New York’s proudest two fighters, we ended up with a quick first round knockout. But I seldom see a casual boxing fan gush over Jacobs. Also the whole world seems to have forgot, JACOBS WON THAT GGG FIGHT! Debate your mother.
So yes, before Canelo made GGG look beatable, Jacobs took the fight to him and made him look even more human. Danny got dropped early in the fight, but got off the canvas to put on one hell of a performance. That was the first fight we didn’t see Golovkin knockout his opponent. At times in that fight, GGG looked shook. Sure GGG may have boxed well and scored a knock down behind excellent use of the jab, but he still got hit a bunch with solid counters. Jacobs wanted all smoke.
And while he may be an exceptional fighter in the ring, Jacobs is best known for his fight outside of it. In May 2011, Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer. So not only did Jacobs defy the odds of never being able to fight again, he defied those odds and became a world champion. Saturday, he will try to accomplish that feat once again.
Jacobs and Derevyanchenko are very, very familiar with each other. Sergiy chooses to fight out of NYC. Inevitably his path has crossed with Jacobs. Upon arrival to America, Sergiy was introduced to trainers Andre Rozier and Gary Stark, who welcomed him into their camp. Guess who else those two train… Danny Jacobs. With Danny already an established Middleweight, it made sense to have Derevyanchenko as a sparring partner. The duo have traded leather over 300 rounds of sparring. So expect this fight to start slow, the respect level is high here.
Rozier has been training Danny since he was 14, so he will be the lead man in his corner. Stark however will split and lead Sergey’s. So there is a lot of bragging rights on the table. In order to claim those bragging rights, one side will have to out smart the other. Boxing is a thinking man’s game.
Derevyanchenko is very methodical. He exudes patience and takes his time breaking down opponents. However, once he has you figured out, he goes to work! Reference his last fight with Tureano Johnson to see his destruction. Jacobs is a boxer-puncher. He can box when he needs to, but he is heavy handed so he won’t whiff on the opportunity to score a KO. Danny will be the bigger fighter in the ring, and should look to play that to his advantage.
On paper, we have a great fight. We get to watch two of the top 5 fighters at 160 square off. There will be tactical skills, and there will be big punches. I won’t make a prediction, but just know this is a good one! Also on the card, a rematch of 2016’s Fight of the Year. Heather “Heat” Hardy seeks to earn another close but decisive win over Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent. The first fight between these ladies resulted in a war. Hopefully this one can match the intensity of their first fight.
(Picture via: HBO.com)
So okay, we aren’t going to MSG. Whatever, I’ll settle for TV. But do yourself a favor and watch for your own entertainment. Tune into HBO this Saturday, October 27th at 10PM. Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko – a fight that promises to be the perfect curtain call for HBO Boxing.