Daniel Jacobs takes returns to action this weekend to challenge Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF world middleweight title. The bout is scheduled to take place in Madison Square Garden in New York under Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions enterprise.
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Jacobs (34-2-0) is back in the running for a world title after being dethroned of his WBA crown by Gennady Golovkin in a March 2017 unification fight. The ‘Miracle Man’ has slipped under the radar since that controversial loss owing much to the Canelo vs. GGG ‘big drama shows’, which enveloped the talk of the middleweight division.
But in keeping a cool head when outpointing two undefeated fighters, Sulecki and Arias, Jacobs has solidified his position as a top contender for the vacant IBF belt.
As of October last year, Derevyanchenko is ranked by the IBF as their #1 contender, and by the WBC as their #5 contender. The man who goes by the name of ‘The Technician’ has taken little time in blasting through his 12 opponents, 10 by way of KO. This journey of success was built on the foundations of 23 wins over 24 amateur bouts throughout the World Boxing Series.
The Ukrainian follows in the footsteps of compatriots Usyk and Lomachenko in turning pro late but imposing himself on his division with back-to-back stellar performances.
Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko Prediction: Jacobs to Win Outright
Daniel Jacobs, masked or not, always comes to put on a high grade show. We’re intrigued to see how he picks apart the puzzle that his Ukranian foe will present on Saturday night. The betting platforms have him marked as favourite, and we have to echo their sentiments for who comes out on top. However knowing how robust and destructive the Technician is on his day, this won’t be the whitewash many expect it to be.
Let’s play devil’s advocate for a second to level the playing field. Jacobs has faced two Eastern Europeans with a hard reputation in his pro career to date, namely Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin. The common ground shared by these two fighters is they are the only men to have beaten Jacobs outright. Enter Derevyanchenko, riding the wave of Usyk and Lomachenko’s triumph, and those 2/1 odds begin to look rosey.
All things said and done, Jacobs is the man at 160 lbs and should really have been given the win over Golvokin, such was the calibre of his counter punching that night. We expect his wealth of experience to deflect any lasting damage caused by Derevyanchenko, particularly at this early stage of the underdogs’ career.
Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko Betting Picks
If you’re looking for tips on how to bet on Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko then let our pick of markets guide your decision process. The Miracle Man comes into this middleweight contest as favourite with odds on him to win outright placed at 2/5. Bookmakers have Derevyanchenko at longer odds of 2/1 to beat Jacobs, which implies the Ukrainian has a fighter’s chance but realistically has a lot to do for turning the bout in his favour.
Jacobs to win on points
A reasonably smarter bet than an outright win. Not only are the betting lines more attractive, but the theme of the markets runs in line with how Jacobs has been winning fights lately; including the GGG fight, he has seen round 12 three times on the spin. His record of 81% KO’s is hard to ignore, but points seems about right.
Derevyanchenko to win by KO/TKO
The guy loves a body shot and possesses awesome power in that left hook. Backing the Technician to beat Jacobs by knockout is not a far-fetched scenario, based on the evidence in his show-reel. But openings to catch a world class fighter like Jacobs, through a lapse of concentration or sheer excessive force, come few and far between in a title eliminator fight. The odds remain long for good reason.
Fight to go the distance
The Ukrainian isn’t used to to not getting his own way and who knows if he is well equipped to modify his strategy if he can’t retire the Miracle Man early doors.
There are however significant signs that a knockdown is on the cards and we wouldn’t rule out seeing either fighter take a knee at least once before the contest is wrapped up.
If Jacobs pushes through the pain barrier, past the onslaught of combinations from Derevyanchenko, logic says he warrants a decision in his favour.