Ronnie Shields: “We’re Expecting The Best Derevyanchenko He Could Be”

Ronnie Shields feels Derevyanchenko defeated GGG

Ronnie Shields (left), Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Ronnie Shields (left), Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Ronnie Shields feels Derevyanchenko defeated GGG

For a large contingent of boxing fans, two-time world middleweight title challenger Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO’s) should be a world champion. When last in the ring against IBF and IBO world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s), many believe he should have walked away with the belts.

Regrettably for Team Derevyanchenko, the three judges that night felt otherwise. Nevertheless, Ronnie Shields, the chief second to The Technician’s next dance partner WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (30-0, 22 KO’s), are among those who feel he was the rightful winner. Yet, even though Shields is preparing for the best the Ukrainian can offer, he is far from awestruck, as he revealed to Fight Hype.

“Yeah I saw the fight and I thought he won, I did think he won also. But he can feel all he wants in his own eyes, there’s one problem with it, he is not a world champion. But everyone thought he won. I did too but that doesn’t mean anything. You can call yourself anything but it is what it is. He is not a world champion.”


For Charlo, a two-division world champion, the September 26 dust-up with Derevyanchenko will mark the fourth defense of his WBC strap. This is an accomplishment Shields is proud of, but he realizes that hard work and dedication are the backbone of their success.

“The training has been going great, no problems. We always have pretty good training camps. You know, we really just getting started. We’ve been training for the last couple of months but you know, not full capacity like we are getting ready to do in the next few days.”

“But training camp so far is going great. Charlo is in great shape and he always in great shape because he stays in great shape. Now we are just working on a few technical things and you know, just getting ready.”

In the end though, for Team Charlo this will be just another day in the office.

“He’s a good fighter, we can’t take that away from him. So he is a good fighter and we are expecting the best fighter; we are expecting him to be the best that he could possibly be. So, we just got to be better that night!”

By: Bakari Simpson

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