Two middleweight world title fights are set to be confirmed for October
British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is set to formally announce two middleweight world title fights this week.
On Thursday in New York, he will unveil the vacant IBF bout between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, while on Friday in Boston, he will confirm Billy Joe Saunders‘ next WBO defence against Demetrius Andrade.
Saunders v Andrade will take place on October 20th at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, USA, after Hearn (Andrade’s promoter) made a shock deal with rival Frank Warren (Saunders’ promoter) allowing him to stage the fight on his new US streaming platform DAZN.
Jacobs v Derevyanchenko is rumoured to be set for October 27th at the MSG Theater in New York, USA, as the final fight in Hearn/Jacobs’ HBO deal (agreed before the link-up with DAZN).
Both bouts will be televised on Sky Sports in the UK, in the early hours of the two Sunday mornings.
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With the two fights scheduled to happen within a week of one another, common sense would suggest that we will hopefully see the two winners meet to unify the WBO and IBF titles early next year.
However, the other two major belts (WBA and WBC) will be held by the winner of Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin II, set for September 15th.
The victor of that fight will be seen by the vast majority as the world’s true middleweight king, and the other belt holders may look to challenge for those crowns instead.