Golovkin Reclaims IBF Title After Gruelling 12 Rounds

Saturday night’s bout with Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden was the first title fight Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin has had since his decision loss to Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez in September 2018. In addition to winning back the IBF and IBO middleweight titles, the latter of which he lost to Canelo in his only loss to date, Golovkin wanted to make a statement in this fight. That statement was that he is still a world class fighter despite being 37, which is around the age most boxers consider retirement. He certainly demonstrated this with his first round knockdown of Derevyanchenko, whose only loss to date was against Daniel Jacobs, but was unable to repeat this for the remainder of the fight.