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Hernandez vs. Ross: Sauerland could imagine rematch

In boxing, close decisions often call for a rematch. Such could be the case following the fight between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Troy Ross, who clashed in front of 3,000 fans at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on Saturday night. After 12 exciting rounds, Hernandez was ahead 114-113, 115-112 and 116-112 on the scorecards. Manager Wilfried Sauerland believes a rematch is possible.

“That was a very interesting and exciting fight and a lucky win for Pablo,” said the 72-year-old, who was on business in South Africa and therefore watched the fight on TV.

“A draw would have been more just. Ross, as the challenger, should have done more to win. He relied too much on countering. Pablo did not seem to be concentrated enough and he was not as explosive as he used to be. Rather than controlling the fight with his jab, he was happy to trade punches and went for the KO. That gave Ross the opportunity to counter with his hooks. That´s why he did not look good in the third and fifth round.”
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Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Troy Ross tonight in Germany

By Dwight Chittenden: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KO’s) will be defending his title tonight against the dangerous #3 IBF Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KO’s) at the Stechert Arena, in Bamberg, Bayem, Germany. Although the 6’4″ Hernandez will be sporting a five inch height advantage over the 5’11” Ross, this still could turn out to be a very tough fight for Hernandez due to Ross’s excellent power.

If there’s one area where Hernandez is badly flawed it’s in the chin department. He doesn’t seem to be able to take a good shot without being wobbled badly or knocked down. Luckily for him the cruiserweight division doesn’t have a lot of big punchers because he’d likely not be where he is today if that was the case. Ross obviously is well aware of Hernandez’s flaws in the chin department and he’ll be looking to take him out with each shot he throws.

Hernandez, 27, has a 12 fight winning streak dating back to 2008. He was stopped in the 3rd round in March of 2008 in a shocking loss to Wayne Braithwaite in a fight where Hernandez chose to slug the big hitting Braithwaite instead of boxing him. After that fight Hernandez’s trainer because to slowly alter his style to make him fight in a more conservative manners so that he could use his reach and avoid getting hit as much. Hernandez didn’t look good at first, getting shaken up badly by Michael Simms in a close 8 round majority decision win in October of 2008, but Hernandez has gotten better with each fight. Continue reading

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Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Troy Ross ready for battle on Saturday

(Picture: Team Sauerland) The moment of truth is just days away. The world will wait and see if Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is able to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Title against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) from Canada. Coach Ulli Wegner is sure that the only possible outcome is a triumph for his prodigy Hernandez. “Troy Ross is a really strong opponent but on Saturday we will be victorious,” said the 70-year-old. During today’s public workout, Wegner proved that he is always good for a surprise.

Everyone is expecting to see a fight between two southpaws, but if today’s training session is anything to go by, that might not be the case after all. While working with the pads, Hernandez did start in his usual stance but midway through he switched to an orthodox stance, right in front of Ross´ coach Christopher Amos. Could the current champion be fighting as an orthodox boxer on September 15? It would not be the first time. Ulli Wegner: “Pablo was a member of the cast for the movie ‘Max Schmeling’. He had the role of Joe Louis and was acting alongside Henry Maske. For the movie Hernandez switched to orthodox. You will have to wait and see what happens on Saturday.”

Nevertheless, he was just as powerful and put his remarkable hand speed and strength on display and it will be interesting to see which Hernandez steps into the ring in three days time. Continue reading

Troy Ross hoping to beat Yoan Pablo Hernandez on Saturday

(Picture: Team Sauerland) Only a few days to go before International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is hoping to defend his title against mandatory Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) at Stechert Arena, Bamberg in Germany. At today’s press conference promoter Kalle Sauerland promised that the bout will be fought out at the highest level. “It’s one of the best match-ups this weight division has to offer!”

IBF-mandatory challenger Troy Ross agreed, stating, “Yoan Pablo Hernandez has some great boxing abilities and a powerful punch. He seems like a nice person but my all-around game is just better than his is. Boxing is similiar chess. And after I checkmate Hernandez I will be the new IBF World Cruiserweight Champion!”

Christopher Amos, the coach of 37-year-old Ross, is confident that his prodigy will take the belt of Hernandez: “In 2010, Troy lost a fight against Steve Cunningham for the vacant IBF Title. Back then he lost the fight due to an injury to his eye. Afterwards, nobody wanted to fight him. They all feared the risk of losing against Troy. That’s why we didn’t get a second chance to fight Cunningham. That’s why I have a lot of respect for Hernandez. At least he has the guts to face Troy Ross inside the ring.” Continue reading

Gerber-Sprott, Nader-Bertu on Hernandez vs. Ross card on September 15th

Two titles are at stake when world-class boxing returns later this month to the city of Bamberg, Germany. International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) has set his sights on defending his crown against mandatory challenger Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs). In addition, middleweight Dominik Britsch (26-0-1, 9 KOs) is trying to erase any doubts in people’s minds when he once again faces off with rugged Spaniard Roberto Santos (17-6-2, 9 KOs) for the EU Championship. Their first encounter ended in a draw. Besides those two great match-ups, Sauerland Event has an undercard stacked with quality fights to heat up the crowd before the main event. The card includes heavyweight Edmund Gerber as well as Austria’s finest, middleweight Marcos Nader. Continue reading