Will Derevyanchenko finally get over the championship hump against Jermall Charlo?
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10KOs) will be making his third attempt at world title glory when he takes on unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22KOs) on September 26.
In his previous world title outing in October 2019, Derevyanchenko he fought against former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for the vacant IBF title. In that fight, he was clicking on all cylinders and appeared to be the winner. However, once the decision was announced, it would be Golovkin instead of the Ukrainian fighter announced as the winner. In the attempt before that, he was on the wrong side of a split decision loss to former IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (36-3, 30KOs) back in October of 2018.
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM?
This third world title opportunity for Derevyanchenko may be his best opportunity yet. Jermall Charlo is a gifted fighter with explosive power. However, the jury is still out on him. Many people feel he lost against top contender Matvey Korobov (28-3-1, 14KOs) in December of 2018.
Blessed with respectable power, good fundamentals and tremendous footwork, the Ukrainian has more than a good chance of finally getting over the championship hump. It won’t be easy, as he’s fighting the house fighter who happens to be talented and hungry to prove the naysayers wrong. At 34 years, Derevyanchenko knows the time is now and that this could possibly be his last title opportunity.
I expect a tough competitive fight between two hungry fighters. September 26 can not get here fast enough!
By: Jerrell Fletcher