With viewer options aplenty, fans can almost pick fight cards ala carte these days. Meanwhile, old guard boxing mainstays the likes of HBO have been impacted by live streaming. In the same weekend, the certified cable television titan and millennial streaming service, DAZN, virtually compete head to head.
Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KO’s) vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KO’s)
With the vacant IBF middleweight title at stake, this pairing could aptly be titled “Friend or Foe”, given the history; “Awkward” would be a fitting moniker as well. Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs and 2008 Ukrainian Olympian, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (whose American base is also Brooklyn), sparred over 300 rounds together, under the tutelage of trainer, Andre Rozier, and co-trainer, Gary Stark, Sr. Rozier’s trained in conjunction with Stark for nearly 20 years and worked Jacobs’ corner since the “Miracle Man” was 13.
On the surface, it was puzzling when the fight was solidified. But per Jacobs, Derevyanchenko was an associate he respected, yet never friend zoned. To the degree they had a relationship, it was clearly based on punching one another in the face for practice. Stark summed it up best saying “They’re not buddies like that”. When the IBF stripped Gennady Golovkin for pursuing a lottery ticket rematch with Canelo Alvarez, they looked at their rankings and found Derevyanchenko raked # 1 with Jacobs next in line. All the while, Danny was the former WBA champion at the weight and its mandatory based on his close loss to Golovkin in 2017. Either way, a title shot loomed for the “Miracle Man”, yet he chose the path being blocked by his stablemate.
The bout will commence Saturday, October 27th, from The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City, in HBO’s penultimate boxing broadcast (9PM CST). When fighters are this familiar with one another, the safe pick is the quicker guy, Jacobs. Unanimous decision seems the most likely scenario.
Regis Prograis (22-0, 19 KO’s) vs. Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13 KO’s)
From the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, broadcast live on DAZN, Bayou born Regis “Rougarou” Prograis meets former WBO lightweight champion, Terry Flanagan, in the first round of the World Boxing Super Series super lightweight tournament. Prograis hand-picked Flanagan over Ryan Martin (22-0, 12 KO’s) due to lack of recognizable names on the resume, just two fights extending beyond 8 rounds and 0 scheduled 12-rounders until being matched with Josh Taylor November 3rd in the U.K.
Prograis-Taylor is all but expected in the WBSS 140-pound finale and Flanagan doesn’t seem to have what it takes to upset the applecart even slightly. “Rougarou” Prograis will beat up then eat up Flanagan around the 9th, if not sooner.