Gennady Golovkin will be back in the ring this weekend as he gears up for another world title shot.
GGG lost to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a blockbuster bout last September to relinquish his unbeaten tag and his middleweight belts.
He breezed past Steve Rolls in his comeback fight in June and now the Kazakh star is set to take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF and IBO middleweight titles.
It is being held at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City and there will be a stacked undercard of action before the main event.
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Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko: Undercard
Ivan Baranchyk vs Gabriel Bracero (super lightweight)
Ali Akhmedov vs Andrew Hernandez (WBC international silver super middleweight title)
Brian Ceballo vs Ramal Amanov (welterweight)
Kamil Szeremata vs Oscar Cortes (middleweight)
Nikita Ababiy vs Isiah Seldon (super middleweight)
Joseph Ward vs Marco Delgado (light heavyweight)
Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko: What has been said?
Gennady Golovkin: “I’m so excited. First of all, I’m happy to be back home, my second home. Thank you to my family at MSG for always supporting me. Of course, I’m very excited right now. Right now, I work with the best people from boxing.
“I have the best opponent, Sergiy. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very good fighter. This is a real fight. I’m a little bit scared because he’s good. I know his team is very strong. And I’m scared because he looks good. He looks strong. He feels it’s his time right now. Maybe – this is boxing, nobody knows.”
Sergiy Derevyanchenko: “Thank you to my team, and I want to give thanks to Golovkin for the opportunity as well. I know exactly who I’m getting in the ring with.
“He’s the former middleweight champion of the world, 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.”
Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko: Tale of the tape
Golovkin – Derevyanchenko
Nationality: Kazakh – Ukrainian
Age: 37 – 33
Height: 5ft 10 – 5ft 9
Reach: 70′ – 67′
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Record: 39-1-1 – 13-1-0
KOs: 35 – 10
Rounds: 200 – 81
Debut: 5/6/2006 – 23/7/2014
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