Gennady Golovkin reclaimed his IBF title on October 5, 2019 at Madison Square Garden, overpowering Sergiy Derevyanchenko by a unanimous decision in action-packed middleweight fight.
Golovkin dropped Derevyanchenko in the opening round and cut him over in the eye in the second round.
“It’s a bad day for me but a huge experience,” said Golovkin. “After the first round I didn’t think this was an easy fight. I told myself this is a tough fight.” As the Kazakhstani had to give out everything left in the tank to beat the Ukrainian boxer.
Derevyanchenko fought like a soldier for the vacant middleweight title, as he lands solid body shots that troubled Golovkin several times.
Even though he recovered after the knockdown, landing solid punches did not help him all the way, most importantly in the scoring department.
One judge scored it 114-113 and the other two had it 115-112 for Golovkin.
The newly crowned IBF Champion improved to 40-1-1 as he regained the belt he first won in 2015.