By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | September 15, 2018
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have pretty much sewed up championship boxing for the month of October as they are delivering us two middleweight championship bouts that are sure to reshape the current state of the division.
First up to bat is Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) taking on the current WBO Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs). A battle of slick, skilled, southpaws is sure to bring out the best in both men. The bout is scheduled for October 20 and will be shown on DAZN.
Andrade, a former U.S. Olympian and two-time Super Welterweight Champion, will be fighting for the second time in his professional career 160lb. Saunders is making the fourth defense of his world title. On paper, the only thing that separates both men is height and reach. Inside the ring, well that’s another story.
Andrade brings speed, flash, and desire to entertain. Saunders is similar in nature. Ever the showman, Saunders is brash, resourceful, and has a knack for giving his opponents a boxing lesson.
Andrade, hailing from Providence, R.I. and Saunders’ from the United Kingdom are expected to have tons of fan support in attendance at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. This fight is a guaranteed sellout.
When discussing Jacobs’ upcoming bout, it is a completely different scenario and a different type of fight. Jacobs, the former WBA Middleweight Champion, will be facing his previous stablemate and sparring partner Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant IBF Middleweight Championship on October 27, at the Hulu Theater inside the famed Madison Square Garden.
The title was previously held by Gennady Golovkin who was stripped by the sanctioning body for choosing to take a rematch fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez instead of defending his title.
Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) is naturally the headliner of this fight and hopes to not only win, but also look impressive enough to draw a future bout with the winner of Alvarez vs Golovkin.
THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND
As both Andrade and Jacobs prepare for their respective upcoming championship fights, one has to wonder why and how it came to be, that both men are in the same training camp. Jacobs and Andrade know each other very well, having have faced one another during their time in the amateur ranks and Olympic trials.
To train alongside a man that in the back of your mind, you’re thinking about possibly facing in the near future has to be mind boggling for each fighter. However, at this level of the sport, it really isn’t. Both men have huge fights on their hands; both men want to become world champion; and both men also want to face the winner between Alvarez vs Golovkin.
WHAT’S ON THE LINE
If you ask who has more to lose at this point in their career I would have to say that it’s even. Both men are taking a risk against facing two very good opponents. It’s been said that Derevychencko is a not stop puncher, consistent with his punch output, and relentless. Saunders on the other hand possesses superb ring intelligence and a heart of a lion.
For Jacobs, a loss will derail his plans to get that mega fight that he desperately wants. For Andrade, becoming a two-division champion and to do it in his first fight since signing his promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN would be a huge accomplishment.
At this point, fight fans will have to remain patient and wait for a great month of boxing this coming October.
The Oct. 20 fight night is part of DAZN’s stacked fall lineup of combat sports. DAZN is the world’s first pure sport streaming service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. After launching in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Canada over the last two years, DAZN will launch in the U.S. this September at $9.99 per month with more than70 fight nights planned across Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA and the World Boxing Super Series. The platform, available on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles, offers a 1-month free trial and no long-term contract.
Jacobs vs and Derevyanchenko takes place on Saturday, October 27 at Hulu Theater from Madison Square Garden in New York, televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®