IBO middleweight titles and the Empty IBF will be on the line this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Competing for the two belts are Gennady”GGG” Golovkin and Sergiy”The Technician” Derevyanchenko. The indigenous, Golovkin, is a -550 favorite with the Ukraine native, Derevyanchenko, arriving back in +375.
This will be the next time in the previous three fights and the second time in history that Derevyanchenko has been a betting underdog. The fighter missing that bout at a really controversial split decision and was a slight +155 dog against Daniel Jacobs final October. Ahead of this garbage, The Tech had been undefeated, favorite in all of his spells and on a six-fight finish streak.
Meanwhile, he GGG is a popular since he has been for most of his career out of the Canelo Alvarez rematch when he had been a underdog coming straight back in -125. Outside of this Canelo struggles, Golovkin has been a favorite in every bout and holds a record with 35 wins. In 2 choices that were razor-thin , he went 0-1-1 From both Canelo fights.
GGG likes to have with his opponents in dogfights , constantly backing them into a corner looking to let his hands fly that is thick. He had a 23-fight knockout streak till Daniel Jacobs went the entire 12 rounds??but still lost by choice.
Does Golovkin have punching power but he has good head motion when he’s in the pocket in exchanges, doing a fantastic job of avoiding his opponents’ authentic shots. 1 part of the guard of GGG is that although we haven’t seen it wear him down, he doesn’t shield the entire body and can frequently be targeted on there.
The Tech has punches that are rather accurate behind lunging movements and fast jabs and he hides them. Even the Ukraine native does a terrific job through his flurries to combine up his punches high and low with energy that is deceptive and speed.
He defeated Jacobs in their bout over and over again by massaging the body maybe a bit too near the beltline. In exchanges, Derevyanchenko must do a better job in bringing back his gloves as he tends to exchange punch but that’s a game with GGG.
Hands. Defensively there are a number of holes, but he will timber although the Technician may have a small advantage in total hand pace. GGG is going to have the edge in footwork, energy and defense.
Prediction: Gennady Golovkin (-550) via knockout
Odds at October 2
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