Derevyanchenko beats Culcay in IBF eliminator
Sergiy Derevyanchenko is still firmly in the running at 160 pounds.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko is in line for another shot at the IBF middleweight title after a win tonight over Jack Culcay in an eliminator.
Derevyanchenko won by unanimous decision on scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112. BLH didn’t score the fight, but our friend Marcos Villegas unofficially scored for FS1, and had it 115-113 for Derevyanchenko.
Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KO) fought Daniel Jacobs for the then-vacant IBF title last October, losing a very competitive split decision. The 33-year-old Ukrainian remains a top contender at 160, and in theory is now in the mix to face the winner of the May 4 fight between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs. The victor of that fight will hold the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles.
Culcay, a former interim titleholder at 154 pounds, drops to 25-4 (13 KO) in defeat.
Ve Shawn Owens SD-8 Alexis Gaytan
This was a hell of a fight, a proper 154-pound war between a couple of guys who only made TV because a baseball game went longer than the people at FOX Sports expected. Who could guess that a baseball game would last longer than three hours??? Owens (10-2, 9 KO) was down in the third round, but came back to win on scores of 76-75, 77-74, and 75-76. Despite being the hometown guy, Owens didn’t get a good response after the decision was announced. Gaytan falls to 5-3 (2 KO).
— PBC (@premierboxing) April 14, 2019
Money Powell IV TKO-6 Christian Aguirre
Powell (10-0, 6 KO) is a 21-year-old middleweight prospect from Alabama, born in Germany. He was the clearly better fighter here, as Aguirre (8-5, 4 KO) didn’t do much of note besides foul, at least until he got crushed for the finish at 40 seconds of the final round.