Derevyanchenko v. Jacobs; Machado v. Evans Title Fights Headline New York Boxing Card

The IBF middleweight title and WBA super featherweight title will be on the line this weekend in New York.

Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 • 7:56 PM ET


The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden will host this weekend's boxing matches in N.Y.

The vacant IBF middleweight title will be up for grabs this weekend in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, as Sergiy Derevyanchenko will take on Daniel Jacobs in a 12-round fight. In the co-main event on the card, the WBA super featherweight title will also be on the line, as Alberto Machado will defend against Yuandale Evans in another 12-round bout.

Since losing a competitive fight against Gennady Golovkin in March 2017, Jacobs has won two straight fights. He was the first fighter to actually give GGG trouble and showed tremendous heart by going the distance after being badly hurt early in the fight. Counting the GGG fight, Jacobs has fought 36 rounds in 19 months, as he won by unanimous decisions against Luis Arias last November and Maciej Sulecki this past April.

The 31-year old Jacobs, a New York native, will fight at home against an undefeated fighter who has been hungry for a belt. Yet, Jacobs is well aware of what he is up against.

“I know it’s gonna be a tough challenge,” Jacobs said via “Me and Sergiy have damn never over 300 rounds together in sparring. He knows me, I know him and I just think that the professionalism we carry is gonna extend into that ring.

“But it’s not gonna make a sparring match. It’s gonna be a war. It’s gonna be an exciting war. This man comes forward. He’s strong, durable. And you guys know what I bring to the table.”

Given their history, many people have questioned why either fighter took this fight, especially when both are looking ahead to a fight with Canelo Alvarez. Jacobs thinks this fights answers all the important questions.

“I know a lot of people have questions about why is this fight happening?,” Jacobs said. “It’s a question I asked myself – do you dare to be great? What are the obstacles you will allow to get in your way to prevent that? The answer to myself is nothing. I won’t allow anything. This is for the love of the sport. This is for the love of boxing. This is for the fans. This is for my dreams. This is for his dreams. And we both have families we’re fighting for, so this is not a sad time.

“This is a time to embrace the real, true passion and grit of what boxing really means. Because we share a relationship, so if that doesn’t tell you that this is for the love of the sport and that we truly desire the sport and we wanna become champions for the fans and we all have our own legacies we wanna realize for the love of boxing.”

Jacobs is 34-2 with 29 knockouts and has defeated notable fighters such as Sulecki, Arias, Sergio Mora (twice), Peter Quillin and Jarrod Fletcher. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, is targeting a May fight with Alvarez if Jacobs can win on Saturday. Meanwhile, Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, has Jacobs on a small list of possible opponents, but not a definite matchup for the champion.

Derevyanchenko is 12-0 with 10 knockouts and last defeated Dashon Johnson in March. He was named the IBF mandatory contender and campaigned for a May fight with Golovkin after Alvarez pulled out of the fight. He was unsuccessful in his efforts, and GGG took a fight against Vanes Martirosyan and was stripped of the IBF belt.

The 32-year-old, Ukrainian Derevyanchenko competed in 2008 Olympic Games and turned professional in 2014. In August 2017, he became a mandatory challenger after defeating Tureano Johnson by 12th-round TKO in an eliminator fight. His promoter, Lou DiBella, believes there is a key difference between him and Jacobs.

“I think an advantage that Sergiy has on Saturday night is hunger,” DiBella said. “He literally is hungry. He’s got a family. He’s got [a son]. Despite his hard work and mine and his management’s, [he] hasn’t made the money yet that he deserves. And the only way that’s gonna happen for him is by beating Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night. And I have a feeling on Saturday night, when either that 10 count’s called on a fighter or the 12th round’s over, everybody’s gonna know who Sergiy Derevyanchenko is.”

If Derevyanchenko can claim victory on Saturday, it’s uncertain who he’ll fight next. Nevertheless, as he has proven in his 12-fight pro career, he will fight anyone, anywhere.




Co-main event

Saturday’s co-main event will also be for a title, as Alberto Machado will defend his WBA super featherweight title against Yuandale Evans. Machado will defend the belt for the second time after winning the title a year ago against Jezreel Corrales, successfully defending against Rafael Mensah in July.

The 28-year-old Machado is 20-0 with 16 knockouts and has defeated notable fighters such as Mensah, Corrales, Carlos Morales and Juan Jose Martinez. The Puerto Rican had 168 amateur fights before turning pro at 22 years old and has boxed since he was 10 years old.

Evans is riding a four-fight winning streak since losing to Javier Fortuna via first-round TKO in 2012. He last defeated Luis Rosa nearly a year ago by split decision. The 29-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio is 20-1 with 14 knockouts and is looking for his first major title.

• Both bouts, the last title fights to be live broadcast by HBO, can be seen on Saturday, October 27 at 10 p.m. ET.

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