“Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson are two of the top middleweights in the world,” promoter Lou DiBella said (h/t ESPN).
“This is a great opportunity on a big (platform) for Derevyanchenko to prove that he belongs with the elite fighters at 160 pounds.”
“This is a very important fight for me,” Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) said. “A victory in this fight brings me closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I’m training hard for this challenge and I know that Johnson will be prepared. I’m going to show that I’m ready for anybody in the middleweight division.”
“I fight to provide for my family, to bring pride to my country and because I know I have done the work necessary and am destined to become a world champion,” Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) said.
“I have a great respect for my opponent and expect a great fight, but he is my way toward the championship, so I will defeat him.”