Gennady Golovkin v Sergiy Derevyanchenko: The KO king is back

Boxer Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin scored a KO win inside four rounds last time

Triple G is back in action and fans can expect another thriller. Frankie Monkhouse says the smart money is on a late KO...

"Another early win for GGG isn’t expected but he is picked to drag his opponent into deep water and get rid of him in the later rounds."

Gennady Golovkin v Sergiy Derevyanchenko
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GGG v BJS edges closer

Fans' favourite Gennady Golovkin enjoys a quickfire return to action this weekend when taking on Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the early hours of Sunday morning. IBF and IBO world middleweight titles are on the line, both of which are vacant at this time, meaning this doubles as a real chance for Triple G to close the gap between himself and Billy Joe Saunders.

For that fight to happen we'd need to see Golovkin convincingly defeat Sergiy Derevyanchenko at the Staples Center in New York this weekend and for BJS to make the expected move back down to middleweight following the defence of his WBO super middleweight crown later this year.

It's not often fight fans get the chance to back a Golovkin knockout win at a decent price but there's more value available here than you might expect. That's sure to catch the attention of both casual followers and those serious about making a profit.

Quickfire return to action

Gennady Golovkin may be 37-years-old and a 41-bout veteran of the game, but he is showing no signs of slowing down. The California-based orthodox boxer was last seen stopping Canadian Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in June and supporters are hoping for more of the same when GGG returns to the venue this weekend. He is no stranger to this arena and has recorded some of the best performances of his career here in recent times.

Triple G enhanced his knockout average to 85% when downing Rolls inside four rounds back in the summer. That fight went the way many expected but few predicted the victor would be quite as devastating as he was. Going into that night, Golovkin had stopped only one man before the end of the fourth round since dealing with Dominic Wale in two more than three years ago. Critics say the P4P great is slowing as he nears retirement. If that's true, he's hiding it well.

Golovkin's updated CV now shows 39 wins against one defeat and a single draw. The spare loss on the 5ft 10inch banger's card came against Saul Alvarez, the same man responsible for the draw. He has scored 35 of his 39 wins by knockout and another early night will be popular on his return, especially with casual punters. Golovkin is a strong favourite, as you might expect, with no more than 1.271/4 available on the Betfair Exchange. The Sportsbook offers 11/10 for another KO/TKO in the method of victory, a rare points cheer trading at 11/8.

The Technician is a fast learner

On paper, Sergiy Derevyanchenko looks like a man in over his head with Golovkin. That may very well prove to be the case on fight night, but the 33-year-old Ukrainian is better than his record suggests. The Technician will duck between the ropes with a professional record reading 13 wins against one defeat since debuting back in 2014.

Derevyanchenko's skill has allowed handlers to fast-track him towards the big time and the New York-based fighter has already collected a clutch of impressive wins. His sole defeat to date came at the hands of Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden last October but there's certainly no disgrace in that result. Sergiy missed out by the tightest of margins against a very talented operator who stood with a record of 34-2-0 at the time. The scorecards read 114-113, 112-115 and 112-115. The beaten man was dropped to the canvas in the first round but dusted himself off to push the fight all the way to the judges.

A return to action saw Sergiy Derevyanchenko beat German Jack Culcay in Minneapolis in April of this year. He ensured victory that night by a decent margin but it's a concern he hasn't been seen in live action again since. The Exchange has Sergiy Derevyanchenko priced as a 4.84/1 outsider. He carries a 71% KO average and a stunning knockout win over GGG is 12/1. The points cheer seems much more likely at half that.

Triple G will score a late stoppage

There's no doubting Derevyanchenko's quality but there are a few concerns on his recent record. He has fought only once in almost a year and that was a points win over an opponent with a 25-3-0 record with a lowly 43% knockout average. That's hardly the right preparation for a man like Golovkin who will go on the attack from the first bell and set about stalking his opponent.

Another early win for GGG isn't expected but he is picked to drag his opponent into deep water and get rid of him in the later rounds. Golovkin will do what he always does. He'll walk his opponent down and go to work on the ropes, landing strong hooks and body shots. Golovkin in rounds 9-12 looks worth a pop at 7/2.

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