Daniel Jacobs, the Miracle Man, entered tonight’s contest against Sergiy Derevyanchenko at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden with a 34-2 record, but it was duly noted that he had struggled against opponents from Eastern Europe who were undefeated when he fought them. His two losses were inflicted by a Russian (Dmitry Pirog) and a Kazakh (Gennady Golovkin), and his last contest against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki was more difficult than anticipated.
Enter Derevyanchenko, whose 12-0 record masked the fact that he had a wealth of experience. Before turning pro, the 32-year-old Brooklyn-based Ukrainian, a 2008 Olympian, compiled a 23-1 record in the semi-pro World Series of Boxing while representing teams in Italy and Kazakhstan. And he was well acquainted with Jacobs. In fact, they shared the same trainer in Andre Rozier, who worked Jacobs’ corner tonight, competing against his chief assistant Gary Stark who handled Derevyanchenko.
This would also be a difficult fight for Jacobs, far more difficult than his bout with Sulecki. However, he prevailed, winning a split decision to claim the vacant IBF middleweight title that was stripped from Gennady Golovkin before Golovkin’s rematch with Canelo Alvarez. Two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Jacobs with the third, Julie Lederman, submitting a tally of 114-113 for Derevyanchenko.
Jacobs grabbed an early lead when he knocked Derevyanchenko off his pins with a looping right hand in the opening round. The Ukrainian was up in a moment, but it was scored a 10-8 round for the Miracle Man. In the ensuing rounds, Derevyanchenko was the aggressor, but Jacobs, who frequently switched from an orthodox to a southpaw stance, landed the cleaner and crisper punches. The last half of the final round was marked by one long and furious exchange, much to the satisfaction of the crowd. A rematch would be an easy sell, but Jacobs has his eye on a unification bout with Canelo.
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