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If there’s a common narrative that often gets attention in boxing, it’s the tale of two former sparring partners finally squaring off for a fight that truly matters.
It’s a relatable concept that very often sells given the intimate knowledge each competitor has of one another.
Usually, however, the term “former sparring partners” can have a dramatically different meaning given the situation.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, for example, were technically former sparring partners roughly six years before they embarked on a pair of classic middleweight title bouts even though their ring experience opposite one another amounted to nothing more than a handful of rounds spread out over a few month’s time in 2011.
Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who will do battle Saturday for the vacant IBF middleweight title at New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater (HBO, 10 p.m. ET), bring an entirely new meaning to the term.
When the pair of 160-pound fighters look back on years of testing one another inside of the private confines of training camp, they aren’t talking about a handful of rounds.
Ever since Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) moved from his native Ukraine to Jacobs’ hometown of Brooklyn, New York, in 2014, the duo estimates they have sparred the equivalent of 25 different 12-round fights.
“We became sparring partners, working with each other throughout the years,” Jacobs said.
“We have 300-plus rounds together inside the gym. I won’t say we are friends but definitely were associates. I have tons of respect for the guy.”
The fact that the two fighters share the same trainer and manager in Andre Rozier made the prospect of them one day facing each other a difficult one.
Yet as both climbed the rankings and found themselves in the top two spots in the IBF, it was Derevyanchenko’s team that pushed for the fight to happen.
After Golovkin was stripped of his IBF title in May for failing to schedule a mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko so he could go on with an Alvarez rematch that was postponed when the Mexican star failed a pair of drug tests, Saturday’s fight became a reality.
The irony in GGG giving up his title to justifiably avoid facing the talented yet largely unknown Derevyanchenko is that “The Technician” served as the primary sparring partner for Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) to prepare for his 2017 title challenge against Golovkin, which Jacobs lost via close decision.
Those who were witness say the sparring sessions were intense, which teases the potential for excitement this weekend.