FightHype’s Hans Themistode recently caught up with Sergey Derevyanchanko, The Ukrainian offers a rare glimpse into his thoughts and game plan, shedding light on his past, present, and future in the high-stakes world of boxing.
Choosing Munguia: Eye on the Top
“Why choose Munguia?” This question surfaced quickly, to which Derevyanchanko responded in a matter-of-fact tone, “Now he’s a top fighter. I want to fight a top fighter.” With clear respect for Munguia’s prowess in the ring, it’s evident that Derevyanchanko is not one to shy away from a challenge; rather, he steps forward with an unwavering determination.
Unwavering Confidence, Steady Focus
Recent bouts against the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, and Carlos Adamez may have ended in defeat, but that hasn’t dulled Derevyanchanko’s confidence or focus. When asked about these, he replied with steadfast determination, “Every fight, every camp, I’m focused for this fight and this fight is the same.” It’s clear that past experiences serve as lessons, not setbacks, on his journey to triumph.
The Prize of Victory
For Derevyanchanko, winning isn’t just about securing a title, but about boosting his career trajectory. Speaking on the potential impact of a win against Munguia, he stated, “This is important for my career. If I win this fight, my career goes up to the next level.” Victory, for him, signifies progress, growth, and evolution as a fighter.
Is Munguia Truly Elite?
Questioning Munguia’s status among the elites of boxing brought an interesting response from Derevyanchanko. He held firm in his belief that Munguia holds his own among the likes of Charlo and Golovkin. His reasoning? “He’s shown in the ring he’s a top fighter. Good combinations, constant pressure.” Despite the chorus of critics, Derevyanchanko’s respect for Munguia’s talent remains steadfast.
The Last Stand or a New Beginning?
At 37, is this Derevyanchanko’s last chance at a world title? His response, though subtle, revealed an undercurrent of urgency. “I think so. Every day I wake up and I feel the pressure. I tell myself I need to go to the gym and work because I will have a fight.” Each day is a step closer to what could be a pivotal moment in his boxing career.
The Anticipation of Battle
When asked how he envisages the fight with Munguia, Derevyanchanko took a realistic approach. While he harbors a strong desire for a knockout, he recognizes that the bout could morph into a 12-round duel or end up in the hands of the judges. “I want to win, I want to knock him out. But it might come down to a decision, like with Daniel Jacobs, it was a close fight, and you don’t know who wins,” he shared.