Hernandez retains cruiserweight title

Comment on this story
Yoan Pablo Hernandez Aug 17 AFP Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez retained his cruiserweight title by split decision over German challenger Firat Arslan on Saturday.

Berlin – Yoan Pablo Hernandez of Cuba retained his IBF cruiserweight title by split decision over German challenger Firat Arslan on Saturday.

Judges Vincent Dupas of France and American Shafeeq Rashada scored the bout 115-113 and 116-113, respectively, for the defending champion, while Leszek Jankowiak of Poland scored it 115-113 for Arslan.

“Huge respect to Arslan,” said Hernandez, who is based in Germany, as the crowd showed its disapproval of the decision. “Many thanks for the fight. I can’t say whether there’ll be a re-match.”

Hernandez, making his fourth defende of the title he won by defeating American Steve Cunningham in 2011, landed more punches in the early rounds although Arslan sought the initiative throughout.

Hernandez slipped in the ninth round, while Arslan was bleeding from a blow to his right ear.

Both fighters raised their arms at the final bell but it was Hernandez who improved to 29-1 (14 KOs), while the 43-year-old Arslan dropped to 34-8-2 (21 KOs).

“I want to thank the dear lord for everything,” Arslan said after his third successive title defeat. “For the highs and the lows. Thanks too to Pablo Hernandez. He’s a great fighter. He can’t do anything for the result . I’m sorry. I gave everything.” – Sapa-AP


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.