Derevyanchenko, Cummings: so different, yet so close

One of the highlights of the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan vs. Mexico Guerreros World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final return leg will be the Middleweight (68-73kg) bout between superstar Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Irishman Conrad Cummings. Two powerful boxers with very different boxing styles expected to offer you an impressive show.

Ukrainian Derevyanchenko was born in 1985 and embraced the sport of boxing at the age of eleven. His first major achievement was a gold medal at the 2001 European Cadet Championships in Liverpool. He joined the national team in 2005 and then competed in many AIBA competitions. His best performances being a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Chicago 2007 and his participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The orthodox fighter joined WSB with Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder for its inaugural season and his career in the competition is by far one of the best with 16 wins and only one loss. He was even crowned WSB Middleweight World Champion twice in a row in 2011 and 2012. His style is to always put pressure on his opponents with thunderous punches and numerous hooks.

Following his recent first WSB defeat against Brian Castaño of Argentina Condors, Derevyanchenko is expected to be on fire when he stepped onto the ring to face Cummings.

“I have watched some his fights and I think he is a very strong fighter”, said the Ukrainian. “My strategy will consist in finding the right distance and keeping him on front hand. I am feeling a little bit of extra pressure but each fight of this match will be decisive, not mine specifically. And I believe in my team”.

Not many Irish boxing fans knew who Cummings was three years ago. Today, the 21-year-old fighter is not only a promise and big hope for his country, but he is also a one of the toughest WSB middleweights. Cummings started to box at the age of nine and secured his first major success ten years later at the 2011 Irish National Elite Championships where he won a bronze medal.

The Holy Trinity man was invited to compete at the Olympic Test Event in 2011 where he defeated Brazil’s Esquiva Florentino Falcao who later won the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. His most recent achievement was a gold medal at the 2012 Tammer Tournament.

He joined WSB via the Mexico Guerreros in Season III and made his debut in Week 4 when he lost to Mahamed Nurudzinau of Azerbaijan Baku Fires. But since then he came on top of his following two bouts. The Irishman is known for training very hard and his biggest strength is his sliding motions which usually give him the best attacking positions.

“Since WSB started I knew it was for me, I loved everything about it”, recently declared Cummings. “I don’t like ‘pit a patter’ boxing and people stealing points and hanging onto them, WSB is real boxing! Five rounds is great, it shows who is the more dominant and controlling boxer. Three rounds sometimes can be over in a flash, 10-point-must system is also better”.