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Juan Carlos Gomez calls out Yoan Pablo Hernandez

PanteraGomez“The Black Panther” reunited with championship coach Fritz Sdunek

Last year former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez successfully returned to his old weight division at 200 lbs. after campaigning at heavyweight for more than 10 years. Now “The Black Panther” is eyeing another world title shot for 2014. “I would love to fight against Marco Huck because I think he is the best cruiserweight in the world right now – at least until I beat him”, states Gomez.

Because Huck is set to defend his WBO championship against Firat Arslan on January 25 in Stuttgart, Gomez is now calling out fellow Cuban defector and IBF titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Continue reading

Yoan Pablo Hernandez to fight on March 8th

hernandez34IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KO’s) will be back in action on March 8th against an opponent still to be determined in Stuttgart, Germany, according to Fightnews. Hernandez, 29, is coming off of a 10th round knockout win over Alexander Alekseev last month in Bamberg, Germany. Hernandez knocked Alekseev down three times in the fight before the bout was eventually halted in the 3rd.

The fight showed pretty clearly that the 6’4″ southpaw Hernandez needs to start facing better opposition he’s defended his title three times in beating Steve Cunningham, Troy Ross and now Alekseev, but he’s not been in with anyone really good that could challenge him. It would be nice to see Hernandez against his first quality challenger like Ola Afolabi or Rakhim Chakhkiev, as both of them are worlds better than the guys Hernandez has been fighting. Continue reading

Weights from Germany: Boytsov 226.6 vs Leapai: 244.7 lbs, Hernandez 198.6 lbs vs Alekseev 198.9 lbs

k-_V6P7735Here are the weigh in results from Bamberg for tomorrow’s show at the brose Arena, Bamberg, Germany (all photos by Wende):

WBO-Asia-Pacific Heavyweight Title, 10 rounds:
Alex Leapai (Australia): 111,0 kg / 244.7 lbs
Denis Boytsov (Russia): 102,8 kg / 226.6 lbs

IBF Cruiserweight World Championship, 12 rounds:
Alexander Alekseev (Russia): 90,2 kg /198.9 lbs
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (Germany): 90,1 kg / 198.6 lbs

IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator, 12 rounds:
Dmitry Sukhotsky (Russia): 78,4 kg / 172.8 lbs
Eduard Gutknecht (Germany): 78,4 kg / 172.8 lbs
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Nathan Cleverly Previews Hernandez vs Alekseev

Hernandez_Alekseev_PK1Fans of technical excellence are in for a treat this Saturday evening when two of the world’s best schooled cruiserweights test their skills against each other at the Bamberg Arena in Germany.

Cuban exile Yoan Pablo Hernandez, now based in Halle, returns from a 14 month siesta (caused by a fractured left hand) to make an intriguing third defence of his IBF strap against fellow southpaw Alexander Alekseev of Uzbekistan.

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The 6ft 2in challenger was once one of the world’s most celebrated amateur talents, capturing European titles at both junior and senior level prior to landing gold at the 2005 World Seniors. Re-locating to Hamburg, Germany, he vaulted into the pros the following year, aged 25, but, rising through the ranks, endured a brace of inside schedule defeats albeit to future world champions Victor Emilio Ramirez (rtd9) and Denis Lebedev (co2). Continue reading

Sdunek vs Wegner: Hernandez vs Alekseev on Nov 23

Sdunek_WegnerThere are just eight days to go until a new cruiserweight world champion will be crowned. At least, that is what trainer Fritz Sdunek believes. The 66-year-old has already coached twelve world champions and wants to make cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs) number thirteen. “I think that the chances are pretty big. I am very optimistic as Alexander looked great over the whole period of sparring,” said Sdunek ahead of his prodigy’s mandatory title bid against IBF and RING Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) on November 23 in Bamberg, Germany.

Sdunek knows that both southpaws are on par when it comes down to pure technical skill. But he sees two big advantages that will pave the way to victory for Alekseev. “Alexander has raw punching power, Hernandez not so much. In addition, Hernandez was injury bidden over the last years and this will be his first fight in over 14 months. He might be a bit rusty, which plays in our hands.” Continue reading

IBF World Champion Hernandez faces mandatory Alekseev on November 23

Yoan_Pablo_Hernandez_Thomas_GoosThe wait is over. After having won the rights to stage Yoan Pablo Hernandez’ (27-1, 13 KOs) mandatory against Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), Team Sauerland is proud to announce that the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship is going to take place on November 23 at the brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany.

“This is going to be an instant classic,” promises Ulli Wegner, head coach of Hernandez. “It will be a clash between two world-class technicians.”

Hernandez is glad to defend the title he won versus American Steve Cunningham back in 2011 for a third time. “Finally I have my next title defense scheduled. I already wanted to fight this February but while being in training camp for this bout, I broke my left hand in sparring,” said the 28-year-old champion, who is also recognized as the Cruiserweight World Champion by “The Ring Magazine”. Continue reading

Hernandez suffers fracture during sparring, fight off

Bad luck for Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs): The IBF World Champion
broke his left hand during a sparring session ahead of his upcoming fight on
February 2. Hernandez was set to defend his title against Eric Fields (21-1,
15 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany as part of the show
topped by the European Light Heavyweight Championship between Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (38-2, 30 KOs), which will still go ahead as planned.
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Gutknecht and Hernandez charging batteries at training camp

P1017623_Eduard_Gutknecht_Yoan_Pablo_HernandezD-day is getting closer. The big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle is only a few weeks away and Eduard Gutknecht (European Light Heavyweight Championship against Juergen Braehmer) and Yoan Pablo Hernandez (IBF World Title fight versus Eric Fields) are planning on holding on to their respective belts. To ensure a positive start to 2013 the two prodigies of coach Ulli Wegner have opted to spent the rest of their preparation time at the Olympic training facilities in Kienbaum near Berlin, Germany.

Light heavyweight Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) takes on 34-year-old Juergen Braehmer not just to keep his EBU Title but also to win the position as mandatory challenger for the WBO Champion, currently Britain’s Nathan Cleverly. “It is great to be that close to a potential shot at the world championship. I only have to take the next step. I will earn that chance by defeating Juergen Braehmer,” said the orthodox fighter about the all-German affair. However, Gutknecht has to get past the former WBO Champion before he
can start thinking of his next challenge. Continue reading

Yoan Pablo Hernandez on the right track for Fields

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) wants nothing more than to successfully defend his IBF Title on February 2 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. But in order to do so, the Berlin-based Cruiserweight has to get past his powerful American opposition Eric Fields (21-1, 15 KOs). Therefore, the 28-year-old is in intense preparations and currently in sparring. Continue reading