Gvozdyk v Beterbiev - October Boxing Preview

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Every month I will be picking three of the biggest fights to preview and October has a stellar line up of contenders. This month, however, I will only be previewing two fights as I have just seen the news that Joseph Parker has pulled out of his fight with Derek Chisora on the 26th. I was genuinely looking forward to this one and had a preview prepared but as they say the show must go on – the two other fights I am covering are the return of Golovkin to the world title picture at middleweight and an intriguing light heavyweight unification. For what it is worth, I had tipped Parker on points.  

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Gennady Golovkin v Sergiy Derevyanchenko – Saturday 5th
IBF World Middleweight Title
Live on Sky Sports Action @02:00

Picture courtesy of DAZN.com

37 year old Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1) (35KO) hasn’t hung up his gloves just yet. Fresh from stopping Steve Rolls last time out the Kazakh fighter is back in world title action. We just cannot talk about Golovkin and not mention the two fights with Canelo. Everyone has their own view on the result and the judges scoring and while it is widely accepted the ‘draw’ should have been awarded to GGG, the second fight causes much more disagreement. Even Derevyanchenko's promoter has an opinion. I personally had Golovkin up a round so it could have gone either way. Golovkin will be looking to retain a part of the middleweight crown where he reigned for eight years and 20 successful defences. With a CV of impressive wins in that time including a close UD win over Daniel Jacobs, this is the second fight of a six fight deal signed with DAZN reportedly worth $100 million. Options are scarce for a super fight at middleweight as Canelo is up and down in weight and not keen on a third fight but Golovkin cannot overlook Derevyanchenko who was mandatory to Canelo, who in turn vacated the belt to allow Golovkin this opportunity. Watch highlights of Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls below:

Derevyanchenko (13-1) (10KO) is ranked as the no.8 at middleweight according to BoxRec. The Ukranian turned pro in 2014 and his only defeat was a split decision against Daniel Jacobs after Jacobs scored a knockdown in the first round. Sergiy certainly had his moments but Jacobs out landed his opponent and was more efficient throughout. His best win was a UD v Jack Culcay. This is a huge step up but one he will not fear as he is four years Golovkin’s junior and is looking for that big win at the second time of asking to propel himself back among the elite at 160lbs. Watch highlights of Jacobs Derevyanchenko here:

Without sounding disrespectful it all depends on which Golovkin turns up. At 37 is he past it or is he ready for one last go among the elite? Derevyanchenko is a good fighter who will be no walkover by any stretch. If GGG is not at 100% he will lose and I am tipping this one to go the distance.

Prediction: Golovkin on points

Oleksander Gvozdyk v Artur Beterbiev – Friday 18th
WBC + IBF World light Heavyweight Titles

Picture courtesy of TalkSport.com

I will admit I am not a huge follower of the light heavy division so I did not know too much about these two other than Gvozdyk’s knockout win over Adonis Stevenson, whichleft the former champion in an induced coma. However, after doing my research, I can tell you we are in for a cracking fight. Gvozdyk (17-0) (14KO) captured the WBC belt against Stevenson on the 1st of December last year. He was down on the scorecards but a dominant 11th round left 41 year old Stevenson in trouble and ended his boxing career after eight years undefeated. His most recent fight against Ngumbu who was ranked #8 by the WBC was a mismatch and the 38-8 fighter could not continue after injuring his calf in the 5th round. Gvozdyk is a former Olympic bronze medallist at the 2012 games. He is another of this exciting breed of Ukrainian fighters taking the boxing world by storm. He was once knocked down in the 1st round of a fight with Tommy Karpency in 2016 but recovered and showed his knockout power yet again causing damage to Karpency’s eye and finishing with a body shot in the 6th round. Gvozdyk is ranked #2 in the light-heavyweight division, behind Kovalev. Watch the final round of the Stevenson fight:

Beterbiev (14-0) (14KO) at 34 is two years older than his opponent and is the IBF title holder. His amateur record has a couple of defeats to Usyk but also a win over Kovalev. He is ranked #11 by Boxrec in the division and has a real opportunity to announce himself to the world with a big win here. His record has a string of decent if not spectacular wins which led to him winning the IBF belt. His record is missing a stellar name but he has a win over Brit Callum Johnson who was 17-0 before the fight. An enthralling fight saw both men down in the first two rounds but like Gvozdyk, Beterbiev showed his punching power is up there with anyone in the division by stopping Johnson in the 4th with a right to the temple. You can watch the full fight here:

Difficult to call this one, even the bookies cannot pick out a clear favourite, with the majority of them split who should be favourite heading into this one. I personally do not see this one going the distance with the power of both men. I have changed my mind in the last week on this fight many times but I’m going to stick my neck out.

Prediction: Gvozdyk by KO/TKO

Drop a comment below and let me know who you think will reign supreme this month. Needless to say October will be keeping us boxing fans entertained.