Four top cruiserweights showcased their talents today in Frankfurt prior to Team Sauerland΄s big show at the Fraport Arena on Saturday night. In four days, IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and two-time world champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again, while Enad Licina and Alexander Alekseev clash for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title.
I deserve to be world champion and I will prove my worth on Saturday night, Hernandez told the press after today΄s session. He is good, but I don΄t consider him a world champion, Cunningham said of his opponent. I am here to take home the title and become world champion for a third time.
Meanwhile, Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) has vowed to leave the ring victorious against Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs). I grew up in Frankfurt and I want to give my fans an entertaining fight, he said. Aleeksev is an accomplished fighter but I am tough and I will beat him. Said Alekseev: I need to win. I want to be the new European champion.
In the third title fight of the night, European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) makes his first mandatory defence against Vyacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). He is a very strong opponent but I will remain the champion, Gutknecht said.
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