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Kazakh Boxer Golovkin Defeats Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko For IBF Title

Kazak boxer Gennady Golovkin (file photo)

Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin defeated Ukraine’s Serhiy Derevyanchenko in a unanimous decision to take back one of his old middleweight titles.

In scoring the victory on October 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Golovkin knocked Derevyanchenko down in the first round, opened a cut near his right eye in the second, and then held on to take the IBF title.

The 37-year-old Golovkin (40-1-1 with 35 knockouts) scored 115-112 on two cards and 114-113 on the other to give him the title vacated by Canelo Alvarez, who had beaten Golovkin for the Kazakh’s only professional loss.

"I told you, he's a very tough guy," said Golovkin after his win over Derevyanchenko.

"This is a huge experience for me. Right now, I understand I need more. I feel this was not an easy fight for me. This was a tough fight,” added Golovkin, who is also known as Triple G.

The 33-year-old Derevyanchenko’s record fell to 13-2.

Based on reporting by AP and CBS