Hernandez stops Alekseev in 10th round
By Jim Dower: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Saturday night in beating #1 IBF Alexander Alekseev (24-3-1, 20 KO’s) by a 10th round knockout at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany.
Hernandez, 29, nailed Alekseev with a right hook to the head in the 10th round that put him down on his back. Referee Lindsey Page then immediately stepped in and immediately called a halt to the bout at 1:35 of the round due to Alekseev being too hurt to continue.
Hernandez also knocked Alekseev down in the 2nd and 5th rounds with left hands to the head.
Alekseev fought well in the rounds where he was getting knocked down, and he definitely had taken control over the fight after the 5th round, as he controlled the 6th through 9th rounds with his jab and his constant pressure.
Hernandez was up 87-82, 87-82, 87-82 at the time of the stoppage.
Hernandez was cut on the side of his right eye in the 4th round from a left hook by Alekseev.
After the 5th, Hernandez really labored and looked totally exhausted, which for him is normal as he’s had problems in many of his past fights with his stamina.
In the 7th round, Alekseev hurt Hernandez with 7th round to the head and had him backing up and looking in serious distress. Luckily for Hernandez, it occurred late in the round and he was able to make it out of the round without getting dropped.
Alekseev had problems taking the left hands from Hernandez in this fight. He was able to handle most of his right hands until the very end when he was trying to rally and walked into the right hook from him, but it was mostly the lefts that Alekseev had problems with. You can kind of excuse him being stopped like he was because he was trying so hard to come back from the two previous knockdowns that it made him desperate and forget of his defense.
It’s really difficult picturing Hernandez holding onto his IBF title for too much longer because he looks very vulnerable and not in the same class as some of the other contenders and definitely not in the same league as guys like Denis Lebedev and Marco Huck.