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.

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Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Troy Ross tonight in Germany

Yoan Pablo Hernandez - Yoan Pablo HernandezBy 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.

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