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Hernandez vs. Ross

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

Troy Ross Interview

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is aiming to defend his IBF Cuiserweight Title for the second time in a row. The Cuban made the title his own after dethroning then champion Steve Cunningham last October, as well as winning the rematch against the American just four months later. His next opponent is Canada’s Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) who he will take on at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on September 15. Ross, who is the mandatory challenger, has been part of the professional boxing scene for eleven years and fought in five different countries. The IBF Title contender flew into Germany on September 1 and trying to get used to the six hours time difference between Germany and his hometown Toronto, Canada. Before the fight he took some time out for an Interview.

Troy Ross, your last fight was in February against Lukasz Rusiewicz which you won by a unanimous decision. Now seven months on, how do you feel about that fight and what will you take out of it for your upcoming bout?

Troy Ross: I did really well during that fight. I proved that I am a technically gifted boxer. Beforehand I have not been inside a ring for quite a while, so I was still a bit rusty. Nevertheless, I was the dominant boxer throughout the fight and Rusiewicz didn’t stand a chance. Now I am back to my best and as good as ever.

Two years ago, you already had a title shot for the IBF crown, against then-champion Steve Cunningham. That fight ended in a loss. Do you feel added pressure now that you will have your second chance for the IBF title, which, given your age of 37 years, could be your last? Continue reading

Yoan Pablo Hernandez looking forward to fight against Troy Ross

(Picture: Photo Wende) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) cannot wait to compete again with the world’s strongest cruiserweights. After suffering a hand injury during his last title defence, he returns to the squared circle on September 15 at Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. His opponent of the night will be Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs). His mandatory challenger will spare no effort in order to bring the title to Canada. In this interview, Hernandez discloses on the challenge to fight Ross.

On September 15 you will be stepping back into the ring. Why did you have such a long break between fights?

Yoan Pablo Hernandez: Unfortunately, I suffered a metacarpal fracture on my left hand when I fought Steve Cunningham on February 4. After surgery, it took quite some time for it to heal. Then it took some extra time before I was able to get back into training due to the healing process. After that I had to make up for the lost time but now and I am ready to fight again.

Your opponent in Bamberg will be Troy Ross. What do you know about him?

Yoan Pablo Hernandez: With 37 years of age he is a pretty experienced boxer, he knows how to move inside the ring and always presses forward. In addition, he has some serious pop to work with. He is also a southpaw like me. That is something I had to adjust to in sparring. Continue reading

Mateusz Masternak vs. David Quinonero on September 15th on Hernandez-Ross undercard

(Picture: Photo Wende) On September 15, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is going to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight World Championship against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg. Furthermore, fans of the weight division up to 200 lbs can look forward to another explosive fight that night. Highly ranked Mateusz Masternak (27-0, 20 KOs) of Poland will take on Spanish knockout artist David Quinonero (27-0, 26 KOs).

Masternak has already lifted his profile from just being a talented boxer to contender-level since joining Team Sauerland. He currently ranks at number three in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and can also be found in the Top-15 of the WBC, WBA and IBF. Now he targets another win against 36-year old Quinonero. “He is a real good fighter with some serious pop in his fists,” said Masternak. “I will not underestimate him as I have never done with any of my opponents. My focus is to beat him and that is what I am trying to do come September 15. Quinonero will be another step up to bigger and better things.”

The prodigy of coach Andrzej Gmitruk already dreams about the big one: “Another win and it should be evident to everyone that I am ready for bigger fights. A challenge for the European Championship or even a chance to fight for a world title – I am prepared for it,” Masternak revealed. Moreover, there is one fight on his mind, which sticks out the most – against his compatriot and WBC-Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. “I do not hide the fact that I would love to fight somebody who holds a title and is also of Polish descent. It is a fight the fans in Poland already dream about for some time. Continue reading