Cunningham: They Stopped The Fight To Take My Title!

By Luke Furman

Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany - There is controversy in Germany, after Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13KOs) won a six round technical decision to capture the IBF cruiserweight title from Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12KOs). After getting dropped and hurt bad in the first round, Cunningham survived until the bell and managed to box his way back into the fight.

During the sixth round, a clash of heads opened up a bad cut on Hernandez. At the end of the round, Hernandez's corner informed the referee that Hernandez was unable to continue. The referee sent the fight to scorecards. Scores of 58-55 and 59-54 for Hernandez, and 57-56 for Cunningham.

Cunningham is screaming robbery, believing the fight was stopped by Hernandez's corner because momentum was starting to swing in the other direction.

"I am outraged by this decision. The fight could have been stopped much earlier, but this was done only after the sixth round to take my title. I'm mad, but I know one thing - I'm coming back to regain my title. I'm the best cruiserweight in the world and I can beat anybody. I'll be fine, and I'll regain the title. In the first round I had some trouble, but I quickly came back from that and I won this fight. I am a fighter. I am a champion. I will pick myself up and get back to the top," Cunningham said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crold1 on 10-02-2011

Julio Cesar Chavez from the Randall rematch called...he thought it was a terrible cut.

Comment by daggum on 10-02-2011

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;11241019][B]Due to the serious cuts it was right to stop the fight and go to the scorecards[/B]. I had Hernandez winning 3-4 rounds plus the knockdown so he was the right winner. Cunningham always had serious knockdown issues, this time…

Comment by BostonGuy on 10-02-2011

I can live with the scorecards but the decision to stop the fight was disgraceful. The cuts were in no way obstructing Fernandez' vision, they were just a little uncomfortable. Actually I think it was all the body shots that…

Comment by Superflo777 on 10-02-2011

In my opinion, Cunningham was lucky he wasn't DQ'd or at least deducted points when he made that 2 headbutts, one on the left and one on the right side of Hernandez' face, which looked clearly intentional in the slo-mo…

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-02-2011

Due to the serious cuts it was right to stop the fight and go to the scorecards. I had Hernandez winning 3-4 rounds plus the knockdown so he was the right winner. Cunningham always had serious knockdown issues, this time…

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