Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko Betting Odds and Picks

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Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko Betting Odds and Picks
Jermall Charlo of the United States. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) as part of the PBC on Showtime card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Saturday.

Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 09:01 PM EDT at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut

Jermall Charlo

Jermall Charlo, the reigning WBC middleweight champion and The Ring Magazine’s No. 3-rated middleweight, didn’t have to fight Derevyanchenko (The Ring Magazine’s No. 4-rated middleweight) but he wanted to make a point. Charlo knocked out IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage in the third round at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket on September 12th, 2015.

He made three title defenses, including an impressive knockout of the previously unbeaten Julian Williams at USC Galen Center in Los Angeles on December 10th, 2016 before moving up to middleweight. Charlo then claimed the WBC interim middleweight title before being upgraded to full titleholder when Canelo Alvarez was given the designation of “franchise champion” (not recognized by The Ring Magazine).

The 30-year-old last fought on December 7th, 2019, stopping Dennis Hogan in the seventh round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “I told my wife that I’m going to come home with little dings and don’t worry, I’m expecting a fight,” Charlo said. “I think I’m the best in the world. I’m sure Sergiy feels he’s the best in the world, too. I haven’t left the gym since February. I’ve been locked in.

I wanted this fight. I told Al Haymon, I told (trainer) Ronnie Shields, that I wanted them to challenge me. I wanted them to give me the opportunity to be me. I’m ready. I want to get in that bitch and fight. I’m prepared for the distance. If he can’t take the power, I’ll finish him off.”

  • Born: May 19th, 1990
  • Age: 30
  • Country: United States
  • Division: Middleweight
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Reach: 73½″
  • Bouts: 30
  • Rounds: 147
  • Record: 30-0 (22 KOs)
  • 73.33 KO percentage

Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Sergiy Derevyanchenko lost a close decision to Gennadiy Golovkin on October 5th, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York. His only other loss was a split decision to Danny Jacobs for the vacant IBF middleweight title on October 27th, 2018 at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. He was knocked down in the first round in both fights.

The 34-year-old was a highly decorated amateur. He represented Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and claimed bronze at the World Championships in 2007. As a pro, he has wins against Sam Soliman, Tureano Johnson and Jack Culcay, among others.

“The easy way of not getting knocked down is not get hit,” Derevyanchenko’s trainer, Andre Rozier said. “I’ve been working on (Derevyanchenko) not being a slow starter. Both of these young men can punch. They have to be on point and they have to be wary.

I’m expecting 12 hard rounds. I’m preparing him to not get caught. You don’t want your guy to get hit when he’s punching.”

  • Born: October 31st, 1985
  • Age: 34
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Division: Middleweight
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Reach: 67½″
  • Bouts: 15
  • Rounds: 93
  • Record: 13-2 (10 KOs)
  • 66.67 KO percentage

Prediction

While Derevyanchenko is 0-2 in world title fights, he was involved in razor-thin decisions to Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin and he is arguably Charlo’s most dangerous opponent to date.

I do like Charlo’s focus ahead of the fight: “I’m stronger, I’m smarter, I’m better than I used to be,” Charlo said. “He’ll come straight at me and fight. Everyone is doubting me. They are doubting me. I’ve been doubted for years. There’s no anger here.

I don’t care what they say about me. I don’t care what they think about me. I’m a fighter. I challenge myself. Hey, I’m the best in the world.”

The fight will come down to whether Charlo can use his six-inch reach advantage to keep Derevyanchenko honest or not. How will Charlo react if Derevyanchenko gets inside and uses his physicality? Derevyanchenko is a slow starter and he has to be faster out of the gate. Derevyanchenko gave Jacobs and Golovkin all they could handle but his slow starts ultimately cost him. I like Derevyanchenko to go the distance but I see Charlo winning by unanimous decision.

My Pick: Jermall Charlo -165 at Heritage (visit our Heritage Review)

Jermall Charlo-165
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