Daniel Jacobs Drops, Decisions Sergiy Derevyanchenko

By Caryn A. Tate on October 27, 2018
Daniel Jacobs Drops, Decisions Sergiy Derevyanchenko
The fighters started out slowly, neither wanting to take too much of a risk too early.

Jacobs got the better of the exchanges, had the better defense, and landed the cleaner punches and the sharper shots, upstairs and down…

Top shelf middleweights Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-1, 10 KOs) fought tonight at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City for the vacant IBF world title.

The fighters are stablemates, training under Andre Rozier of Brooklyn for years. Jacobs and Derevyanchenko have reportedly sparred over 300 rounds, and while tonight Sergiy didn’t have Rozier in his corner—Jacobs did—there was a lot of speculation about how the two fighters’ familiarity would impact their contest.

In round one, the fighters started out slowly, neither wanting to take too much of a risk too early. As the round progressed, Jacobs began to let his hands go more than his opponent. He backed Sergiy to the ropes and blinded him with a jab, followed by a swift overhand right that dropped Derevyanchenko for the first time as a pro. Sergiy made the count and the fight continued.

In the second round, Derevyanchenko landed a left hook, a right hand and a jab on Jacobs upstairs, catching the taller fighter as he backed straight up. The shots seemed to bother Jacobs, although he didn’t appear terribly hurt, and he switched to southpaw for a brief time before going back to orthodox.

In an unusual twist, the taller fighter, Jacobs, landed far more body punches on his opponent than the shorter man in the early rounds. That body work paid dividends as the bout continued—though Sergiy continued fighting with all his might, and rarely showed that he was hurt, he began breathing through his mouth and doing some heaving around the middle rounds, and he seemed slower.

Several of the rounds were close as far as punches landed, though, with the typical story of each round being Jacobs boxing and moving while Sergiy came forward and attempted to pressure. Frequently throughout the fight, the boxers’ familiarity with one another showed as they stood in the middle of the ring and exchanged punches, taking more risks than perhaps they would have if they weren’t so used to each other.

But Jacobs pulled ahead as the rounds continued, showing excellent defense as he slipped most of Sergiy’s punches and utilized very good footwork to give his opponent angles and make it exceedingly difficult for the Ukrainian to land anything clean.

To his credit, Derevyanchenko put in a very good showing. He made it a tough fight for Jacobs, employing his own excellent footwork to pressure the taller fighter, and at times landed body punches of his own that seemed to hurt Jacobs. But round by round, it was Jacobs who got the better of the exchanges, who had the better defense, who landed the cleaner punches and the sharper shots, upstairs and down.

In the end, I scored it 117-110 for Jacobs. A few of the rounds were close enough that they could be seen as swing rounds. The official scorecards were a bizarre 114-113 for Derevyanchenko and 115-112 for Jacobs twice.

Earlier in the evening, super featherweights Alberto Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) vs. Yuandale Evans (20-2, 14 KOs) faced off for Machado’s WBA “regular” world title (meaning it’s the minor belt—the “real” title is called the “super” world title, and is held by Gervonta Davis). Both southpaws came out looking sharp and fast, but about halfway through the round, Machado dropped Evans with a straight left. Evans’ legs didn’t look right when he arose, and he was back against the ropes and taking multiple clean punches before the referee finally stepped in to call it a knockdown. Finally, near the end of the round, Machado landed a left uppercut followed by a right hook that dropped Evans for a third time, and the referee called it.

The first bout of the night featured featherweights Heather Hardy (22-0, 4 KOs) and Shelly Vincent (23-2, 1 KO) in a rematch of their first contest two years back. It was only the second women’s fight to be televised on HBO, but unfortunately, Jim Lampley brought up negative and irrelevant information about the fighters’ personal lives—something one almost never sees the commentators do when it’s male fighters in the ring, despite the fact that there are quite a few who have had similar issues. It’s unfortunate that such a biased and archaic mindset is still so prevalent—particularly since the tidbits of information had nothing to do with the fight and does nothing to sell the boxers to the audience.

The first time around, the two ferocious fighters gave it all they had and put on a war, with Hardy getting the better of it with her superior jabbing and mobility.

The rematch went much the same way that the first bout did. Vincent, at a height and reach disadvantage, was usually unable to get inside Hardy’s reach and land many clean punches. Often, her shots landed on Hardy’s gloves or arms. Hardy was simply better able to control Vincent with her jab and movement. Hardy also landed some quality body shots that no doubt contributed to Vincent’s steady decrease in activity.

The official scorecards read 97-93 twice, and 99-91 once for Hardy.

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  1. Casanovita de Ahome 09:46am, 10/29/2018

    @nonperson-I posited two things in my post….in a “sport” that is rotten to it’s core…. from time to time the stupidity of it all just like your inane posts overwhelms! The situation that Sergiy faced Saturday night with his trainer of several years literally ganging up on him (what the fuk else was he doing?!) was beyond ridiculous as was the fact that GGG fought Canelo not once but twice without employing any real body attack at all…without even so much as a peep from Sanchez between rounds to at least give it a try! Fuk yea they’re jingos just like tetumbo who came on here name calling just as you do when he called GGG a POS (piece of shit) for having the temerity to call out Canelo for cheating!

  2. nonprophet 07:37pm, 10/28/2018

    “Casanovita”... (aka “Irishwhathefuck”, aka “Balloonass”).  Once again you offer nothing but more ignorant rhetorical drivel that hardly relates to boxing.  And once again, the ignorance involves your views on Mexicans…and to a lesser extent, Eastern European fighters.  But because you have nothing intelligent to say about either, it’s clear that you know as much (or little) about those groups as you know about yourself.  Meanwhile, it’s too bad that over the years, you’ve done nothing but spew your banal nonsense on a boxing thread.  Because if you understood a single thing about boxing, then at least ONCE during your time posting comments here, you might have had something to say.

  3. don from prov 04:55pm, 10/28/2018

    What is it with many of these Eastern European fighters who fight as amateurs for so long and turn pro so old?  Derevyanchenko could have used more pro seasoning before this fight.  Even the otherworldly Loma put himself in a lousy position against Salido by taking that fight with a dearth of pro experience.  Beterbiev (sp?) could turn old before he turns a corner in his career, and GGG would have been better off over here as a pro a half-decade before he arrived.

  4. Casanovita de Ahome 02:45pm, 10/28/2018

    Same trainer for years but fight night your trainer with all the inside dope on you is in the opposite corner plotting your downfall! Memo to Sergiy:  Wake the fuk up and get the fuk out of that gym and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! Same shit with GGG….stop talking that stupid shit about “Mexican Style”....you ain’t no Mexican and those jingoist fux will never accept you as such….another thing you better start watching your back a little more closely wth Sanchez because if the fight plan he worked up for you was the reason that you only landed 8 body punches in the first fight and 6 in the second he was clearly thinking first and foremost Trilogy and $$$$$!

  5. Mike from Brooklyn 10:18am, 10/28/2018

    I didn’t hear the exact weight of each fighter but it looked to me like Jacobs was no more than the 168 limit.  If he’d weighed that instead of the extra 10 lbs on top of the 168 that he looked like he weighed versus GGG I think he would have been knocked out.  Also the writer is correct that he looked like his opponent hurt him to the body several times.  I think if Canelo fought him as aggressively as he did GGG he’d stop him.  Yes, Danny’s defense was good moving his head and giving Mr. D lots of angles, but when you turn your body one way sometimes some of it is open for the other hand.  So I think Canelo’s fast hands would get to his body.  I think it would be real wise for Danny to book a fight with Canelo as soon as he can so he can get the bigger bucks.  He actually looked slow to me at times and I hate to say it, a little old.  Some good body punches yes but not enough to hold his opponent off.  If he fights Canelo first he can angle for a fight with GGG and get two pots.  That’s what I’d tell him to do.
    And one more thing, Danny was listening in his corner, shaking his head yes, but couldn’t do what Rosier was telling him to do.
    Actually now is the one more thing, how come Triple G is said to have lost a lot versus 2 top opponents cause he couldn’t knock them out, Danny first and then Canelo, but Danny now a year older after Triple G can’t put a fairly decent, but not much more pug, in more trouble then he did, but so far no one has said anything?

    Mike from brooklyn

  6. Kid Blast 09:11am, 10/28/2018

    Nicely done Caryn

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