Gennady Golovkin got the win he needed to regain the IBF and IBO middleweight titles but it was Sergiy Derevyanchenko who came out as the fans moral winner after 12 gruelling rounds that will push last weeks Spence Jr vs Porter welterweight unification battle as a contender for fight of the year. The punishment both fighters endured was frightening at times but neither was willing to back down at any stage.
Golovkin regained two of his old titles but at the end of the fight it was hard not to wonder if at 37-years-old the Kazakhstan born puncher might have slipped from his place as the top middleweight on the planet. For me, Golovkin deserved the win but he no longer has that aura of invisibility that he had when he held middleweight titles from 2010-2018 and was ranked as many fans P4P No1.
The good thing about this result is that both fighters spoke after the fight of having a rematch and that makes them both sought after commodities without needing Canelo Alvarez to grab the headlines.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said in an interview with IFLTV afterwards that Golovkin had been ill in the weak leading up to the fight but that Derevyanchenko deserved all the credit in the world for his spirited effort. If this is true then perhaps "GGG" has a little more left in the tank, but fights like this are taxing on fighters in the latter stages of their career's and his management may want to avoid such a punishing rematch right away. Hearn did say that Golovkin may have to face his mandatory, so that may be a way of delaying "GGG" vs Derevyanchenko II.
So, Derevyanchenko, he is now a major player in the 160lb division, so don't be surprised to see interest from Golden boy to stage a Canelo vs Derevyanchenko in 2020 if the Mexican wins his light-heavyweight title challenge against WBO holder Sergey Kovalev.
Boxing politics aside, this was one of the fights of the year and we need to see it happen again!