Gennadiy Golovkin edged out Sergiy Derevyanchenko in New York to regain the IBF world title after an epic middleweight battle, keeping -c 3 80b84530-39eb-47f7-bb6e-40e70c203359.ids.heibaidiguo.cn’Canelo’ Alvarez.

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‘GGG’ could not have wished to get off to a better start inside The Garden, dropping -c 3 80b84530-39eb-47f7-bb6e-40e70c203359.ids.heibaidiguo.cn’big drama shows’, the fan’s favourite beginning to unleash devastating left hooks in the second, menacingly working off the jab to rattle his man flush, his younger foe quickly sustaining an awful cut – later ruled to be from a clash of heads – over his right eye.

With his back firmly against the wall, much of his face masked in blood, Derevyanchenko defiantly exploded out of his corner for the third as if his career precariously sat on the line, thudding home a barrage of body blows that had the iron-chinned ‘GGG’ suddenly wilting backwards, his elbows hanging low in clear discomfort.

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A minute’s interval did little to alter proceedings, ‘The Technician’ remaining the aggressor for the next few, marauding forward to crash in one-twos, the Kazakh struggling to match that determined and high-intensity work rate.

After four, the ringside doctor took his first look at the Ukrainian’s worsening cut but decided the 33-year old could fight on and, despite eating a thunderous uppercut, Derevyanchenko again hammered home some beautiful combinations, a huge hook to the ribs causing damage.

The mid-rounds saw Golovkin finally fire back with his accustom heavy-handed artillery, the pound-for-pound rated star taking to the centre of the ring to meet his counterpart head-on, the pair gladly teeing off on each other, the back-and-forth battle raising the roof in New York.

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After a tough fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Gennadiy Golovkin says that he needs to work harder and gain more focus ahead of even more big fights

After a tough fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Gennadiy Golovkin says that he needs to work harder and gain more focus ahead of even more big fights

Derevyanchenko, like ‘GGG’, was more than happy to play his part in the punishing exchanges, a short right cracking the iron chin of the tiring elder statesman in the eighth.