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With the threat of a purse bid looming, top middleweight contenders Danny Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have come to terms to face off for the IBF title.

Jacobs promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom USA confirmed the news on Twitter. Hearn also revealed that the proposed fight will take place in live from New York on HBO.

Derevyanchenko is promoted by Lou DiBella, who added that the fight will be a co-promotion filled with verbal insults from the two outspoken promoters.

According to BoxingScene, the proposed fight dates are either October 20 or October 27. The fighters share a trainer in Andre Rozier and have sparred regularly throughout the years. However, Rozier has confirmed he will train Jacobs as their partnership goes back to Jacob’s teenage years.

Jacobs and Derevyanchenko will be challenging for the IBF title that was stripped from Gennady Golovkin for taking a optional May defense instead of facing Derevyanchenko, his mandatory challenger.

Derevyanchenko’s last in-ring appearance was a sixth round corner stoppage of Dashon Johnson in March. Jacobs is coming off of 12-round unanimous decision over Maciej Sulecki in April.


This is a very good fight and welcome news for a middleweight division that was in danger of stagnating. Everyone was waiting for Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez’s next move. It feels like guys are starting to realize they’ll bring more bargaining power to the table by securing high-profile wins. And what better win can you get than becoming a champion?

If Golovkin beats Canelo in September, it’s all but assured he goes after WBO title-holder Billy Joe Saunders. Whether Canelo wins or loses, he has an agreement to take a soft touch next against Spike O’Sullivan. That gives the top middleweights a good 6-8 months to make themselves relevant enough to earn a big money fight late next year. Let’s hope guys like Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo follow suit.



LONDON — Size matters. Kell Brook’s sharp counter-punching and movement befuddled Gennady Golovkin at times, but the power of the bruising middleweight champion proved decisive as he forced Brook’s corner to stop the contest in the fifth.

Brook was badly staggered in the round one by a left hook which he later speculated might have broken his eye socket. The injury would be a recurring theme throughout the fight as Brook occasionally pawed at the area starting in the second. Brook found his greatest success in round two by countering the charging Golovkin with left hooks and right uppercuts. The speed and timing of these shots seemed to surprise Golovkin and drew blood from his nose.


At ring center, Brook’s speed and counters allowed him to remain competitive. However, Golovkin’s size and the power continually forced Brook to the ropes. The challenger couldn’t avoid digging body shots which lowered his hands and opened up Golovkin’s thudding jabs and right hands.

The fifth round saw Brook hurt several times with power shots and attempt to buy time by taunting. With no punches coming back his way, Golovkin kept throwing and forced Brook’s corner to throw in the towel.

“A few rounds before I told them my eye was gone,” Brook admitted afterward. “It was hard to see him. I was very frustrated. I had so much more to give. I feel I would have taken over in the middle and later rounds.

Absolutely (I could have fought on). A fight of this magnitude, you have to carry on… Knock me out.”

Golovkin admitted that Brook’s use of “distance” caused him trouble, but was adamant the smaller man never hurt him and compared the bout to a “street fight” and “sparring.”

With a Canelo bout seemingly a year away at the earliest, Golovkin expressed his desire to unify next against WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Brook confirmed he will move up to 154 pounds and vacate his IBF welterweight title.



Photo Credit: Matchroom/Lawrence Lustig

LONDON — The weights are in for Saturday’s middleweight title match featuring WBC/IBF/WBA champion Gennady Golovkin taking on Kell Brook. Both men were below the 160 limit with Golovkin tipping the scales at 159, and Brook slightly higher at 159.4. Golovkin, who was around his usual weight, looked less defined than previous weigh-ins while Brook, who is coming up from welterweight, carried the extra weight well.

PREDICTION: Don’t let your mind start playing tricks on you. We have weight classes for a reason. Golovkin has fought the biggest punchers in his division and has never been seriously hurt. The smaller Brook will be slowly stalked and laid out in brutal fashion. GOLOVKIN TKO4


David  Lemieux and Hassan N'Dam



Former middleweight titlist David Lemiuex will make another attempt to rebound from his Gennady Golovkin defeat when he faces Glen Tapia on the May 7 undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan.

Billed as the co main event, Lemieux is getting a quick turnaround opportunity after failing to make weight against James De La Rosa two weeks ago. Lemiuex missed the contracted 163 pound limit by nearly three pounds, coming in at 165.8. The fight was cancelled after the camps could not reach an agreement on a new catchweight.

Lemieux, who won the IBF middleweight title last June in a Fight of the Year candidate against Hassan N’Dam, lost the strap last October in a one-sided TKO loss to Gennady Golovkin. May 7 will mark his first in-ring appearance since that fight.

“David is motivated, now more than ever, to reconquer his status as a world champion and winning this fight will get him closer to his goal,” explained Lemieux’s manager Camille Estephan. “I am confident David will put on a fight to remember on May 7.”

Glen Tapia also finds himself on the comeback trail. Before his hometown fans at Newark’s Prudential Center, Tapia’s three-fight win streak was snapped last May via an upset, fourth round TKO to Michel Soro. Having complained of weight problems after that fight, Tapia will make his middleweight debut against Lemieux.

“This is a great opportunity for Glen, he knows he has to be at his best against a warrior like Lemeuix,” said Pat Lynch, Tapia’s manager. “I know he is up for the challenge and will give everyone May 7a great fight to remember.”

The card is rounded out by veteran Mauricio Herrera taking on undefeated Frankie Gomez, and Curtis Stevens facing undefeated Patrick Teixeira.

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Last-minute substitution Avtandil Khurtsidze made the most of last night’s Showtime card by brutalizing Antoine Douglas and handing the promising prospect a 10th round stoppage defeat. When this fight hits YouTube in its entirety, do yourself a favor and track it down.

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER: From a physicality standpoint, what Khurtsidze accomplished was truly remarkable. The diminutive, 37 year old middleweight stands at 5’4 with a 66.5 reach. Opposing him was an undefeated, 23 year old Douglas who stands 6’0, possesses a 74 inch reach, and had a 20 foot ring to work with.

That mattered little when the bang rang.

The ring might as well have been 10 feet. When Douglas tried to get space, Khurtsidze would have him trapped on the ropes within 10 seconds. In close quarters, Khurtsidze devoured Douglas with short, vicious hooks. Although Douglas was in excellent shape, the fight took on the appearance of a kid getting bullied by a full grown man. Douglas had neither the punching power nor physical strength to get Khurtsidze off him.

When Douglas found out Sam Soliman was pulling out, I’m sure he had no idea that this type of dog was waiting for him.

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TOO MUCH HEART?: Douglas took an absolute beating throughout the night. His face sported cuts around both eyes, pronounced face swelling, and a bloody mouth. Khurtsidze’s debilitating body assault certainly did massive internal damage. Counter hooks put Douglas down hard in the third and seventh rounds. Each time Douglas was gone, but fought on pure instinct to make it out the rounds.

Should Douglas’ corner have pulled him before the stoppage in the 10th? He had some very good moments in the later rounds where he took full advantage of Khurtsidze trying to coast. Because there wasn’t one-way traffic, it becomes a gray area judgment call where we trust the trainer knows his fighter well.

If not for his exceptional physical condition, Douglas would not have made it to the final bell. The question now becomes if this fight has taken a permanent pound of flesh.



Photo Credit: Alma Montiel/World Boxing Council, Eztel Espinoza/Golden Boy

Canelo Alvarez was officially presented with his newly-won WBC middleweight title yesterday at a ceremony in Mexico City.

Surrounded by his trainers, Eddy and Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Canelo revealed his thoughts on the winning the lineal title.

“I feel very honored to be here today to receive the WBC middleweight world championship belt,” said Canelo. “I am very grateful to the WBC for granting me my second division world title. This is a very big step in my career and I am looking forward to my upcoming fight in May.”

Canelo won the title on November 21, beating Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision. Alvarez’s rumored opponent list for May includes Willie Monroe, Gabe Rosado and Billy Joe Saunders.


BROOKLYN — Tonight’s “Battle for Brooklyn” was settled quickly with Daniel Jacobs stopping Peter Quillin one minute and 25 seconds into the first round.

After a few inconsequential jabs from Quillin, Jacobs baited his rival with a left hook feint before landing a crushing right hand high on the temple. Quillin staggered into the ropes where Jacobs pounced with clusters of unanswered power shots.

When Quillin tried to fight off the ropes, he was met with another right that sent him careening into the ropes. The referee nearly called the fight when the punch landed, but took a second look at Quillin’s eyes before stopping the bout.

NEXT BUSINESS: This fight is massive win for Jacobs. Quillin is his first Top 5 opponent and the best since he lost to Dmitry Pirog. With Al Haymon’s PBC money fund behind him (Writer’s Note: Jacobs and Quillin both made $1.5 million tonight), he can make a lucrative offer to the IBF title winner between Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders. Chris Eubank is another potential fight.

Yes, Golovkin is still the best middleweight in the division. But Golovkin’s is in line to face Canelo Alvarez sometime next year, making a Jacobs fight unrealistic for the foreseeable future.

As for Quillin, tonight was the worst possible outcome. A move to super middleweight is probably on the cards, but expect a slow rebuild with subpar competition until the end of 2016.