New Faces: Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Hometown: Feodosia, Crimea, Ukraine
Weight class: Middleweight
Height / reach: 5-foot-8 (175 cm)/ 69 inches (174 cm)
Amateur record: 390-20
Turned pro: 2014
Pro record: 5-0, 4 knockouts
Trainer: Andre Rozier and Gary Stark Sr.
Manager: Al Haymon
Promoter: Fight Promotions, Inc. and DiBella Entertainment
Alperovich believes it took his fighter a little time to acclimate to the pros: “His nickname is ‘The Technician.’ He likes to study his opponents and probably, the first two fights when he started in the pro ranks, it took a little bit for him to get comfortable. From that point on, everything started increasing in terms of his performance.”
Next fight: Derevyanchenko steps up to 10 rounds for the first time when he faces experienced former title challenger Elvin Ayala on Friday at Bally’s, Atlantic City, NJ. in the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
“Ayala is an experienced and proven contender and, without a doubt, my toughest opponent to date,” Derevyanchenko said. “That being said, there is no doubt in my mind that I will come out victorious from this battle.”
Ayala, 34, enters the bout with a record of 28-6-1 with 12 stoppages. He is coming off back-to-back upset wins this year over Aaron Mitchell and, most recently, Ronald Gavril. He previously held former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora to a draw in 2007.
Why he’s a prospect: Derevyanchenko enjoyed a glittering amateur career. Winning gold as a cadet in 2001 and 2002 at the European Championships. He represented Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics – losing to the eventual silver medalist, Emilio Correa Jr. His biggest amateur achievement was winning bronze at the 2007 World Championships.
He later competed in the World Series of Boxing, in which he excelled, going a very impressive 23-1.
He’s also gained valuable experience sparring middleweight Daniel Jacobs, contender Curtis Stevens and uber-prospect Ievgen Khytrov.
Derevyanchenko finely tuned his skills in the amateurs in his considerable amateur career. He understandably feels he has many attributes inside the ring.
Why he’s a suspect: It’s still early in Derevyanchenko’s pro career. At this point, he’s yet to show a particular weakness.
July 23 – Cromwell Gordon – TKO 2
Oct. 1 – Laatekwei Hammond – UD 4
Dec. 12 – Raul Munoz – KO 1
Feb. 20 – Vladine Biosse – TKO 2
April 10 – Alan Campa – TKO 4