Canelo vs Golovkin winner: Is Sergiy Derevyanchenko on tap?

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Maybe it's too soon to start thinking about who's next for the winner of the September 16th middleweight showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

... And maybe it isn't.

Depending on who wins Canelo vs Golovkin, next fight opponents include Miguel Cotto, David Lemieux, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Jermall Charlo and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

And who?

Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KO) is now the IBF's top contender.

Last week, Derevyanchenko, a Ukrainian, stopped Tureano Johnson (then 20-1, 14 KO) in the 12th round last night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma to secure the IBF's top contender status.

“I’m ready to fight the winner of Golovkin-Canelo for the title. I think that Golovkin will win and I look forward to fighting him next,” Derevyanchenko said via BoxingNewsOnline.

Who is this guy?

The 31-year-old Ukrainian has a deep amateur pedigree, winning a bronze medal at middleweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships and subsequently representing his country at the 2012 Olympics. But is he ready for the likes of Gennady Golovin or Canelo Alvarez?

Aside from Johnson, the only recognizable name on his resume is Sam Soliman, an aging, past-his-prime former champion Derevyanchenko stopped inside the distance last summer.

Will the winner of Canelo vs Golovkin fight this guy next while he's still presumably a little green?

Look for him to be a strong candidate because Cotto might face Lemieux next. Also, a unification bout with the winner of WBO title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.

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