Gennady Golovkin beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko -The billboards adopted Gennady Golovkin’s “Big Drama Show” catchphrase and the fight lived up to its billing. When the smoke cleared, GGG prevailed on a unanimous but controversial decision. The scores were 114-113 and 115-112 twice.
In the opening round, Golovkin knocked his Ukrainian adversary down with a hard right hand following a pair of left hooks. During the second round, Derevyanchenko suffered a bad gash over his right eye (which replays showed was caused by a headbutt). At that point, it appeared that it would be clear sailing for GGG in his quest to begin a new run as a world middleweight title-holder. But hold the phone.
Derevyanchenko clawed his way back into the fight. In round 5 he hurt GGG with a body shot and outworked GGG in many of the ensuing rounds, many of which admittedly were difficult to score. Many of the reporters on press row thought the tough-as-nails Ukrainian had done just enough to pull the fight out of the fire.
Read the full article: Fast Results from NYC: A Fast Start Lifts GGG over Tenacious Derevyanchenko