Like Hatton, Phillips had beaten Kostya Tszyu. But for The Hitman, losing to a year-old opponent was not an option.
Derevyanchenko emptied out his ammunition in the 10th round, especially, hurting GGG with a barrage of blistering shots, having earned his respect and arguably even the victory — depending on how you see it. But when it was all said and done — controversial or not — the year-old Golovkin walks out of MSG as a two-time world middleweight champ.
Here's how the fight unfolded. GGG vs. An uppercut lands moments later for GGG as well. Another uppercut lands during the waning seconds. Hell of a fight. SN has GGG winning by a slim margin, but honestly, this could go the other way justifiably.
The 12th and final round next. He's pummeling GGG this round. He has Golovkin in trouble, stinging him with combinations. A blistering display from the Ukrainian. Derevyanchenko emptied out his arsenal that round and threw everything at GGG, even prompting the former world middleweight champ to clinch.
More than earned his respect. His rugged style is definitely a test for GGG tonight. But as the frame continues, it's Derevyanchenko fighting back and stinging Golovkin with some blistering shots of his own.
But regardless of how hard he's being hit, Derevyanchenko keeps moving forward. Both boxers fighting fire with fire as the bell sounds. Solid fight thus far. Another busy, high-volume punching display, with the Ukrainian getting inside enough to take the round.
But GGG did land a left that popped Derevyanchenko's head back and followed that with a right uppercut to end the frame.
A rapid three-piece combo follows moments later from the Ukrainian. He's "The Technician" for a reason, sneaking in and sticking plenty of pinpoint punches, including a late body shot that seemed to make GGG grimace in pain.
Another round for Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko is using that window to pepper Golovkin with a busy, high volume of punches.
He takes the round behind that activity. And he follows that up with a flurry of punches.
He's putting some pressure on Golovkin. Derevyanchenko's corner tending to a gash over his right eye already. Golovkin with a right upstairs and a left to the body. Moments later, GGG drops Derevyanchenko with a flurry of close punches, including the right on top of the head that seemed to do it inside.
Derevyanchenko gets up and digs back into the fight immediately, but has felt GGG's power. The crowd erupts upon seeing him. This main event is minutes away now.
Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes amongst the celebrities here at the Garden, as both fighters are about to make their ring walks. That pop is going to get much louder when the man makes his ring walk, trying to become a two-time world middleweight champion. Barrera's midsection must feel like jelly at this point.
More body shots, more hooks across the chin. This is a real beating going on. And the ref has seen enough, waving off the fight.
Too many unanswered shots from Madrimov. An overhand right and left sealed the win. That was a good stoppage.