HBO Boxing: Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko Results

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Sergey Derevyanchenko, in particular, noted that it is not aims to fight Jacobs, but if he has the opportunity he will seize it.

Now Jacobs knows what else he wants.

Even a fight with Canelo Alvarez couldn't be much tougher than the one Jacobs had Saturday night at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A first-round knockdown scored by Jacobs proved to be the difference, as he won a split decision to win the vacant IBF middleweight title.

"My hat's off to Sergiy Derevyanchenko, he's a true competitor". I'm going to give everything I have.

The Associated Press scored it 114-113 for Jacobs.

Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO's), 31, of Brooklyn, a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, boxed beautifully, and landed the harder punches throughout.

Alvarez won that bout and is moving up to super middleweight for his next one.

Derevyanchenko seemed to get frustrated in rounds eight and nine as Jacobs gained control but a strong 10th suggested it was anything but a shut-out. Jacobs said he wants to go after a title first, and then he'd consider giving Golovkin a rematch. "I want the champs".

The 32-year-old Derevyanchenko's record fell to 12-1, with 10 knockouts.

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Jacobs lost his WBA belt to Gennady Golovkin in a 2017 unification, yet Derevyanchenko was the No 1 ranked challenger for the IBF belt the Kazakhstan star had given up to secure the controversial rematch with Alvarez. He didn't really hurt me, but he's tough as nails. "He's been avoided but I wanted to fight him for the strap".

I know that to fight with me, Jacobs is more serious than in the previous two games. "It's risk and reward", Jacobs said.

He did just enough to hold off the hard-charging Ukrainian in a finish that had fans in the crowd of 4,691 inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden standing and chanting at the end.

Jacobs said he has been having trouble getting good fights, but now that he has the IBF belt, he has more clout. "I knew that the knockdown could come back to bite me".

They have known each other for years (though they do not proclaim to be friends), they share manager Keith Connolly and trainer Andre Rozier (who stayed with Jacobs), and they sparred more than 300 rounds before they met for a big prize.

"Thank you, thank you for all the people here", said Machado.

Their familiarity may have caused a cautious beginning, with neither throwing a punch in the opening half-minute as they sized up each other.

According to CompuBox statistics, Jacobs landed 181 of his 578 overall punches, 21 more than Derevyanchenko (160 of 658). This would be a great fight for the fans. "We had to pull a lot of political machinations and legal machinations and all sorts of stuff to get him to this position, and I'm thrilled that we were able to".

Also, undefeated former champion Heather Hardy returned to boxing against former IBA and UBF champ Shelly Vincent for the vacant WBO world female featherweight title.

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