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Friday, October 11, 2013
Yoan Pablo Hernandez sets Nov. date

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Cruiserweight titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez's mandatory defense against fellow southpaw Alexander Alekseev has been scheduled for Nov. 23 at the Brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany, promoter Sauerland Event announced Friday.

"Finally, I have my next title defense scheduled. I already wanted to fight this February, but while being in training camp for this bout, I broke my left hand in sparring," said Hernandez, who will be making his third defense. "After such a long break I see some hard work coming up against Alekseev. But as a world champion you have to fight what is set in front of you. He earned his mandatory spot, so I am happy to face him on Nov. 23."

Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw and former Cuban amateur star now based in Germany, was supposed to make a title defense against American Eric Fields in February, but he broke his left hand for the second time and the fight was canceled. Hernandez, who turns 29 on Oct. 28, later had hand surgery and resumed training in August.

In September, Sauerland Event won the purse bid for Hernandez-Alekseev, bidding $555,414 to easily beat the only other bidder, EC Box Promotion, which offered $212,000. Hernandez, as the titleholder, is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid, or $416,560.50. Alekseev will receive the remaining 25 percent, or $138,853.50.

A former European champion, Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), 32, a native of Uzbekistan living in Germany, said he is highly motivated for his first shot at a world title.

"This will be the most important fight of my career to date," Alekseev said. "Everything works the way it should be in training and I promise that I will take this chance and beat Hernandez."

Alekseev is 5-0-1 in six fights since a second-round knockout loss to former cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev in 2010. He is coming off a decision win against American Garrett Wilson in Romania in a February title elimination bout that earned him the shot at Hernandez.