Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko are set to clash for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Title on Saturday, October 27 at the Hulu Theater from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Alberto Machado will also defend his WBA Super Featherweight Title against Yuandale Evans in the co-main event.
Jacobs enters the contest fresh off back to back victories against both Luis Arias and Maciej Sulecki, respectively. The ‘Miracle Man’ is hoping a victory against Derevyanchenko will not only elevate him to world champion status once again but will also help him secure a fight with the winner of Golovkin vs Canelo II.
“I’m excited to be back in New York City fighting in my hometown,” said Jacobs. “This opportunity for a world title is one I don’t take lightly, and I’m preparing myself to be in an incredible fight with Sergey Derevyanchenko. I’ve always felt that I was the best middleweight in the world with this type of fight I’m that much closer to all that glory and to proving to the world I am the best. ”
Derevyanchenko, however, is also planning to get hold of a PPV showdown with Golovkin or Canelo. A decorated amateur hailing from Ukraine, Derevyanchenko built an astounding record of 390-20 in the amateur ranks, with a 23-1 record in the World Series of Boxing. ‘The Technician’ also represented Ukraine in 2008 Olympic Games, before joining the professional ranks in 2014.
“I’m a step away from my dream, and I will not miss this chance,” said Derevyanchenko. “From my time in the amateurs to my pro career, this has been a long time coming for me. I’ve beaten everyone they’ve put in front of me to earn this shot. Having trained with Danny, I know him very well, and we are friends. However, it will be strictly business in the ring. I will not be denied. The belt will be mine.”
“With over 400 amateur bouts, a trip to the Olympics, and experience in the World Series of Boxing, Sergiy was adamant with me that he wanted to fight for a world title against the biggest name available,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“I’ve known Danny since he was a kid. He is a great fighter in and out of the ring. Stylistically, this is a can’t-miss action fight. Sergiy studies his opponents, finds their weaknesses, then breaks them down. That is why he has such a great chance to win this fight and become the IBF Middleweight Champion.”