The esteemed boxing legend, Roy Jones Jr., recently shared his perspective on the closely contested match between Serhiy Derevyanchenko and Jaime Mungia. In his view, this duel could easily secure the title of 'fight of the year.'
"This fight absolutely merits the title of 'fight of the year.' It's a shame that Derevyanchenko had to deal with such poor refereeing," commented Jones.
Jones also stated that he perceived Derevyanchenko's previous bout with GGG as a tight contest, indicating that he wouldn't have objected if the victory had gone to the Ukrainian fighter. He expressed discontentment that boxing enthusiasts are not always receiving the caliber of performance they're paying for, subtly alluding to possible manipulation of outcomes.
When asked if he believed Derevyanchenko had won, Jones responded, "Had he not been knocked down in the final round, I would have awarded him the victory. In a close match, the one who hits the canvas is typically the one who loses."
Post-fight, Derevyanchenko voiced his sentiment that his rightful victory had been unjustly taken from him once more.