LOS ANGELES – Andre Rozier saw Sergiy Derevyanchenko rejuvenate in the gym recently.
From the coach’s point of view, Derevyanchenko needs a long break from boxing after the 12th round loss to Jermall Charlo, which was agreed in September 2020. His one-sided defeat to the WBC middleweight champion undefeated marked the fourth consecutive tough match for the Ukrainian middleweight. competitor.
In his bout before facing Charlo, Derevyanchenko put on a stellar performance against Gennadiy Golovkin, with whom he created a brutal slugfest that BoxingScene.com dubbed “Battle of the Year” for 2019 Derevyanchenko conquered candidate Jack Culcay by unanimous decision in a tough 12-game chess match that came between his own decisive defeat to Daniel Jacobs in October 2018 and a decisive defeat. his unanimous decision before Golovkin in October 2019.
Although the loss to Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) was the most decisive defeat of Derevyanchenko’s seven-year professional career, Rozier believes the 2008 Olympian still has a lot of champion boxing left in his 36-year-old body. his. That’s what Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) will try to prove on Sunday night, when he meets Dominican rival Carlos Adames (20-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout at the Staples Center.
Derevyanchenko-Adames will be the second of three under-matches before Gervonta Davis defends his WBA world lightweight title against Isaac Cruz of Mexico in the main event of the four-match pay-per-view broadcast. by Showtime (8 p.m. ET; 5 p.m. PT; $74.99).
“I can only talk about what he does in training,” Rozier told BoxingScene.com. “And when he trains, he looks amazing. He’s doing a great job with what he’s doing. I don’t think he’s quoting, unquoting is done with a long shot. I think he just needs a little break because all that activity is happening right behind. He showed a penchant for being a special guy and a world champion. And we can only give him the chance to prove it and succeed with it.”
Derevyanchenko and his pitchers considered moving from the middleweight limit of 160 pounds to the middleweight maximum of 154 after their loss to Charlo. In the end, however, they decided Derevyanchenko was better suited to develop in the middle weight class because of his age and he’s been fighting at or near that weight since he debuted professionally in July. year 2014.
“It’s basically where he feels most comfortable,” Rozier said. “And although we had some issues and problems with the fight with Charlo, the truth of the matter is that he played at 160th, at a high level, in games where people can. consider him a winner. So just because you’re having this problem with this particular game doesn’t mean, ‘Okay, you’re going down.’ He’s comfortable at 160. He’s very, very effective at 160. That’s where he wants to be. ”
In Adames, Derevyanchenko will face a 154-pound title challenger who will make his first appearance in the middleweight division. Caesars Sportsbook lists Derevyanchenko as a 4-1 favorite against Adames, but Rozier predicts a real threat in Derevyanchenko’s first game in 14 months.
“He was a strong young man,” Rozier said of Adames. “I’ve seen him in duels. I saw him when he played against Patrick Day. I saw him when he fought Patrick Teixeira [Adames’ lone loss]. You know, he’s a great fighter. But you have to be better than good to beat ‘The Technician’, and ‘The Technician’ will show him that on Sunday. “
Keith Idec is a writer/senior columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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