Pair of stablemates and former sparring partners know each other well heading into Saturday night's IBF 160-pound title fight, but Jacobs says his championship experience will be the key difference.
Unbeaten middleweight contender returns to the ring against Dashon Johnson this Saturday night on Showtime in front of a likely large Ukrainian fan-base in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko wore down Tureano Johnson in a punishing performance before putting him away in the final round to earn his shot at a world title.
It’s fitting that Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson have been paired together for their upcoming 160-pound title eliminator. Both middleweights have believed for years to be ready for a world title fight, yet are also the type to take whatever challenge is offered in a climate where most others would’ve shied away from being matched so tough without a major trophy at stake.
It took Sergiy Derevyanchenko a few rounds to work his way inside against Kemahl Russell, but he was far too much to handle once he got there.
After sparring 160-pound champion Daniel Jacobs for more than 40 rounds in recent weeks, Sergiy Derevyanchenko believes he’s more than ready to face unbeaten Kemahl Russell.
After competing in more than 400 bouts as an amateur, Sergiy Derevyanchenko has needed less than 10 as a professional to establish himself as a title contender at 160 pounds.