Hernandez Eyes Troy Ross, Wegner Rips The Referee

Ulli Wegner believes that Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) victory over IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) should have been a first round KO rather than a sixth-round technical decision. The hard-hitting Cuban knocked down his American opponent in the first round with a huge left hook.

 “The referee saved Cunningham from a flash KO,” Wegner said of the count that lasted at least 14 seconds. “He gave Cunningham too much time to recover. And then his corner extended the recovery time between the first and the second round by staying in the ring after the bell sounded to start the second round. That helped Cunningham to get back into the fight. But nevertheless I am proud of Hernandez. He fought a great fight and he was clearly leading on points when the fight was stopped later.”

After the exciting opening round, Hernandez remained in control. In the third, a clash of heads opened a badly-bleeding cut on the left side of his head. In the fifth, another clash of heads caused a cut above his right eye. The ring doctor inspected the cuts after the sixth round and advised referee Mickey Vann to stop the fight because Hernandez could not see clearly with blood running into both eyes. The fight went to the scorecards where Hernandez was ahead (59-54, 58-55, 56-57).

“I am thrilled to be the new champion,” Hernandez said. “This is like a dream coming true for me. I have waited for this moment for a long, long time. Cunningham was a tough opponent and I am proud that I defeated him.”

Next up for Hernandez, who had both cuts stitched up at the hospital, is the mandatory defence against Troy Ross.

In the co-featured main event, Grzegorz Proksa clinched the vacant European Middleweight Title after stopping former IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester. Proksa landed a big left in the second round that opened a big cut above Sylvester´s right eye. After the third, the cut was bleeding so badly that the Hurricane gave up.

“I could not see his punches coming any more,” he said. “My plan was to attack in the later rounds once he had run out of gas but clearly the cut made it impossible. I am very disappointed but I have to congratulate Proksa on strong performance. He did very well.”

In the third title fight of the night, IBF Light Heavyweight Intercontinental Champion Karo Murat defended his title with a draw against Gabriel Campillo. The scores were 115-113 Murat, 111-117 Campillo and 114-114.

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

some classic deflection. that same referee stopped the fight because you simply told him to. the cuts weren't even bleeding and hernandez was being schooled. give your fellow cheat a little more respect uli. no need to throw him under…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 10-02-2011

[QUOTE=TheGreatA;11241664][B]You could say that Cunningham's loss after how the Ross fight went down was poetic justice [/B]but the same could be said about Hernandez if there even was a long count (not in my opinion). [url][/url] This referee still gets…

Comment by Hitman932 on 10-02-2011

[QUOTE=Alex_Ex;11241736]I just checked this on video. Cunningham was down for around 10-12 seconds in the 1st. [/QUOTE] All that matters is beating the referee's count. In the history of boxing there has never been a single count that was exactly…

Comment by Hitman932 on 10-02-2011

[QUOTE=crold1;11241678]That was not a long count...though I could see where the confusion would be in the same country as the Lamon BrewsterLuan Krasniqi "two KO" fight a few years ago. :) To be fair, every country pretty much sucks for…

Comment by Alex_Ex on 10-02-2011

I just checked this on video. Cunningham was down for around 10-12 seconds in the 1st. I think, Hernandez deserved the close win. He was suprisingly good. Howhever the fight was still open after 6 rounds - Cunningham fought back…

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