After the purse bid for their fight was extended to July 10 for Sergiy and Jacobs to fight each other, However, according to sources, the teams have reached an agreement for the fight to air on HBO on a date of October 27.
There was much speculation this fight would actually happen since there were a couple of “conflicts of interest.” Both combatants are trained by Andre Rozier and managed by Keith Connolly.
In the past, WBC light heavyweight mandatory Oleksandr Gvozdyk refused to fight WBO champion Sergey Kovalev because both are managed by Egis Klimas. Only one conflict of interest here kept was enough to keep these two from fighting each other.
However, both Derevyanchenko and Jacobs have voiced putting their friendship aside for a shot at the IBF title. They may do just that in three months.
This fight comes after Gennady Golovkin was stripped by the IBF as he refused to fight Canelo Alvarez.