Daniel Jacobs faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Title, Oct. 27 at the Hulu Theatre, Madison Square Garden in New York
Fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jacobs (34-2) is on a good run, beating Luis Arias and Maciej Sulecki in his last two fights. The “Miracle Man” is looking to regain his world-champion status after losing his WBA title to “Triple G” Gennady Golovkin in a unification match in March 2017. With Golovkin and Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fighting in a rematch on Sept. 15, Jacobs will be looking to face the winner.
“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,” Jacobs said per Matchroom Boxing release. “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 the that glory and to proving to the world I am the best.”
Jacobs’ promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, offered support for his fighter.
“When we started working with Danny, the goal was always to become World Champion and now the time has come,” adding “This is brilliant match up, but I strongly believe on October 27 at MSG Danny will be crowned champion and add another chapter to this Cinderella story.”
Derevyanchenko (12-0) from Crimea, Ukriane, has his own ideas. “The Technician” is a seasoned amateur with a 390-20 record with an appearance at the 2009 Olympics. He is known for his quick reflexes, strong defense and devastating power, having stopped 10 of his 12 opponents since turning professional in July 2014. Last time out saw the hard-hitting Ukrainian dismantle Dashon Johnson over six rounds at the Barclays Center.
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“I’ve known Danny since he was a kid. He is a great fighter in and out of the ring,” said Derevyanchenko promoter Lou DiBella. “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.”
Jacobs and Derevyanchenko know each other very well — both are trained by Andre Rozier who will be in Jacobs corner come fight night. Gary Stark Sr. will oversee training responsibilities for Derevyanchenko, as the Ukrainian prepares for his first world championship opportunity.
“From my time in the amateurs to my pro career, this has been a long time coming for me,” said Derevyanchenko. “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.”
In the co-main event, unbeaten Puerto Rican Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado makes his second WBA World Super Featherweight title defense against Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans. The fight is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.
“I feel excited to make the second defense of my title, but this time before all of my Puerto Rican brothers in New York,” said Machado. “I’m anxious to get to Los Angeles to start the strong stages of preparation and solidify myself as a champion for the second time with a convincing win for all of Puerto Rico. …
“Yuandale Evans is a great fighter who comes with a lot of hunger after years of rest. But this time I will go into the ring with extra motivation to reward all my people in person and those watching at home with a great victory.”
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On the other side, Evans is ready and prepped for Machado’s length and height and wants to take full advantage of the chance at MSG.
“To fight for a world title at Madison Square Garden is a dream come true,” Evans said. “I am going make the most out of this opportunity. This is my time to shine.”
Heather “The Heat” Hardy and Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent will get the chance to run it back two years after the 2016 Female Fight of the Year.
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Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko date, start time, location
Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko will fight on Oct. 27. The Card will begin at 10:00 pm. The fight is at the Hulu Theatre, Madison Square Garden in New York
How to watch Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko
You can watch Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko live on HBO.
Daniel Jacobs, Sergiy Derevyanchenko records
Daniel Jacobs: 34-2 with 29 knockouts
Sergiy Derevyanchenko: 12-0 with 10 knockouts
Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko fight card
Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Title
Alberto Machado (20-0) vs. Yuandale Evans (20-1) for Machado’s WBA Super Featherweight Title
Heather Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) vs. Shelly Vincent (23-1, 1 KO) for the vacant Women’s WBO World Featherweight belt.
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