Sergiy Derevyanchenko is feeling confident ahead of his September 26 fight against WBC titleholder Jermall Charlo on a Showtime boxing pay-per-view event.
The Ukrainian has fallen short twice in world title fights but has come out of both with immense credit. In 2018, Derevyanchenko fought Daniel Jacobs for the vacant IBF middleweight title, losing a split decision. A year later he went up against Gennady Golovkin for the again-vacant IBF belt, losing again by the narrowest of margins.
Derevyanchenko is hopeful that he will finally capture a world title when he takes on Charlo later this month.
“You can expect the same type of fight from me that you saw against Golovkin,” Derevyanchenko said. “I’ve had the experience of fighting at this level against the likes of Jacobs and Golovkin, which gave me the confidence and experience of fighting at the highest level. I have supreme, utmost confidence in myself.”
“Charlo thinks he’s the best in the world and I believe I’m the best in the world. I think I’m the better fighter. The great thing is that we’re actually going to get a chance to settle it and we’ll see who the best in the world really is.”
“What I’ve said before is that I have a lot of experience and that might be an issue for Charlo,” he said. “I never said it would be too much for him, but we will find out on fight night.
“I need to just stick with my game plan. We have a plan in place. I’m going to do what I have to do. If there’s a chance to knock him out, I will knock him out. If it goes 12 rounds, I’ll do the best that I can and show the judges that I am the winner.” (Transcribed by BadLeftHook)
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