Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko: Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight for IBF middleweight title
See who becomes the latest middleweight world champion, 2am, Sunday, on Sky Sports Action
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 25/10/18 6:03pm
All eyes will be on New York this weekend, where the middleweight division will welcome a new world champion. Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight it out for the IBF title which was stripped from Gennady Golovkin.
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Daniel Jacobs vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Alberto Machado vs Yuandale Evans
Heather Hardy vs Shelly Vincent
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The 'Miracle Man' is looking to become a world middleweight champion for the second time, which is an achievement in itself. But when it comes to Jacobs and his well-documented battle with cancer a few years ago, he is already an inspiration. The loss to Golovkin had him calling out for a rematch until the balance of power shifted and another door opened. Jacobs has been taken the full 12 in his last two fights, but he can bang as well.
'The Technician' is the latest from the slick and quick conveyor belt coming out of Ukraine. The 32-year-old might not quite be up there with compatriots Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, but will his 13th professional fight prove lucky? He is based in Brooklyn, so will have plenty of support, and having blasted his way to the IBF mandatory spot, Derevyanchenko has a genuine chance.
On the line...
The famous red belt is vacant for the first time in more than three years, stripped from Golovkin after he opted to face Vanes Martirosyan instead of mandatory challenger Derevyanchenko. The winner will join Demetrius Andrade in the new 160lbs elite and on top of that, follow in the illustrious footsteps of former title holders such as Marvin Hagler, James Toney, Roy Jones Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Arthur Abraham and of course, Golovkin.
How good is the 'Miracle Man'? He pushed Golovkin all the way but ultimately lost his WBA belt last year on points, but now with the scene opening up, will the New York star shine brighter than his rivals? Andrade has been a middleweight champion for less than a week, but has already overshadowed Jacobs. If he can win, can he do it well enough to step back into the spotlight.
Who else is on the card...
There are two other world title fights supporting the middleweights, with hard-hitting Alberto Machado defending his WBA super-featherweight belt against Yuandale Evans. A week after Katie Taylor made it look easy, we're expecting a rough and tough female world title scrap as Brooklyn's Heather Hardy and Rhode Island's Shelly Vincent fight for the vacant WBO featherweight championship. The pair met head-on in a Coney Island cracker back in 2016, with Hardy winning a majority decision, so there is more than a world title on the line.
Where it's happening...
The one and only Madison Square Garden, albeit in the theatre there. Two Brooklyn-based fighters won't have far to travel, although Derevyanchenko will be stepping into the iconic arena for the first time. Jacobs has boxed there before, but not since losing the close decision to Golovkin 19 months ago.
How to follow it...
Well boxing on HBO over in America is coming to an end, but there are still a few to go and you can follow it live and exclusive on Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday morning. Don't forget the clocks are going back an hour at 2am, Sunday, All reports on our London-New York double-header can be found on the Sky Sports App or skysports.com/boxing.
Watch Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko for the IBF world middleweight title, and two other world title fights from Madison Square Garden, on Sky Sports Action from 2am, Sunday morning.