Gennady Golovkin has said he would like a third fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez following a tough points win against Sergiy Derevyanchenko last night in New York, GGG was not up to his usual standards after being pushed all the way to regain his IBF middleweight title in a gruelling 12 round fight.
Gennady Golovkin admitted that he needs to work harder to focus on the tough fights ahead and he has set his sights on a trilogy fight with the Mexican after this win keeps his hopes alive.
The Kazakh superstar was pushed the way by his Ukrainian counterpart and had to dig deep to keep his middleweight crown after Sergiy Derevyanchenko took him all the way to record a 114-113 and 115-112 twice verdict after an epic battle at Madison Square Garden.
GGG did put his man down in the first three minutes, but this saw Derevyanchenko fight back to show true heart and determination throughout the fight.
Speaking aftter the fight, GGG said about a trilogy fight with Canelo: “Everything is ready, if ‘Canelo’ says yes, let’s do it,”
“I’m ready for anything. There are so many great champions right now.
“I want to say thank you to my opponent [Derevyanchenko], I respect his team, he’s very tough. This is a huge experience for me. Right now I understand I need more.
“After the first round I think it is an easy fight for me but no, it was a tough fight.
“Physically I felt so good, I think this is a bad day for me and a good day for Sergiy and his team. I know what I need to do. I lost a little bit of focus after the knockdown.”