By Karl Freitag
IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) barely retained his title with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Troy Ross (25-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Round three was a war with both fighters rocking each other with big shots. Ross brutally battered Hernandez to the deck in the fifth and it looked he would get Hernandez out of there. Hernandez somehow survived the round and regained control of the fight. Both fighters were hurt in a wild ninth round. Ross did most the work in the last three rounds as Hernandez seemed spent. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 116-112.
In a rematch, middleweight Roberto Santos (18-6-2, 10 KOs) scored a come-from-behind eighth round TKO ove previously unbeaten Dominik Britsch (26-1-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant European Union belt. Britsch had completely outboxed Santos until the end of round seven when Santos suddenly dropped him with some brutal body shots. In round eight, Santos went all out to finish Britsch and he got the stoppage after a barrage of unanswered punches. Time was :45. They had previously fought to a draw.
In an important match between two unbeaten cruiserweights, Mateusz Masternak (28-0, 21 KOs) dominated and battered David Quinonero (27-1, 26 KOs), who called it quits after round seven.
Unbeaten heavyweight Edmund Gerber 21-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO of former British king Michael Sprott (36-19, 17 KOs). Sprott was doing well until he got caught with a right hand and went down. Bit of a ruckus afterward as Sprott wanted to continue and pushed the referee.
Unbeaten middleweight Marcos Nader (16-0, 2 KOs) continues to win and continues to go the distance. Nader topped Damien Bertu (25-6-1, 7 KOs) over ten by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.