Derevyanchenko, a former World Amateur Boxing champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, will be competing in his fifth pro fight in New York City.
The former Middleweight Championship contender defeated former champion Jack Culcay this past April by unanimous decision, and will stand opposite Golovkin in a bout that will determine a crown-holder for the vacant IBF Middleweight Championship.
The same title that was held by Jacobs prior to Derevyanchenko’s bout with him.
Golovkin has lost a bit of his seemingly unshakeable mystique following back-to-back bouts with pound-for-pound mainstay Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which awarded Golovkin a controversial draw and an equally controversial loss.
“GGG” will return for his seventh fight at MSG, where he knocked out previously undefeated Steve Rolls this past June in four rounds.
Derevyanchenko and Golovkin stood face-to-face to officially announce the championship clash at a press conference last week.
“I know exactly who I’m getting in the ring with,” said Derevyanchenko. “He’s one of the best fighters in the world, but his time is coming to an end and I want to be the one that makes that time come to an end.”
The bout is scheduled to take place on the DAZN app with a full card yet to be finalized. Golovkin, like Derevyanchenko, is excited to be back in New York City, and at 37 years old, he’s eager to reclaim his place among the world’s top middleweights.
The 33-year-old Derevyanchenko, however, is looking to halt any future plans of Golovkin returning to dominance in the 160-pound division.
“I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very good fighter,” Golovkin said of his opponent. “I’m a little bit scared because he’s good. He looks strong, he feels it’s his time right now. Maybe, this is boxing, nobody knows.”