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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.

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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.

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MIAMI — There is another middleweight destroyer rising up the ranks. Sergiy Derevyanchenko cemented himself as a contender and possible future title-challenger to Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez with a 12th round knockout of Tureano Johnson last night at the Buffalo Run Casino.

Derevyanhenko made the swarming Johnson pay for his aggression by using lateral movement to get heavy hooks and uppercuts around the guard. The Ukranian also varied his offense between light, setup punches inside that lulled Johnson into a false sense of security before unleashing power shots.

The pace was grueling with both men alternating between weary moments, but Derevyanchenko’s superior power wore down Johnson, who was hurt badly in rounds three and eleven before crumbling in the 12th behind a barrage of hooks.

The win was an IBF title eliminator, and the 31-year old feels he’s ready for the winner of Golovkin-Canelo next month.

“I’m ready to fight the winner of Golovkin vs. Canelo for the title,” said Derevyanchenko. “I think Golovkin will win and I look forward to fighting him next.”

The win improves Derevyanchenko’s record to 11-0 (9 KOs).