Steve Cunningham is back in action today against Yoan Pablo Hernandez in Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Today at 1 p.m. EDT on BoxNation (U.K.), a nice triple-header will come your way featuring a cruiserweight title fight between Steve Cunningham and Yoan Pablo Hernandez, a middleweight matchup between Sebastian Sylvester and Grzegorz Proksa for the vacant European title, and a light heavyweight bout between a pair of top 10 fighters.
Cunningham (24-2, 12 KO) is the top-ranked cruiserweight in the world in the Bad Left Hook rankings, and in most other rankings as well. He'll be putting his IBF title on the line against Hernandez (24-1, 13 KO), a 6'4" Cuban southpaw who has the ability to dethrone the sorta-king today in Germany. I find this fight very interesting for the division -- Cunningham has been at or near the top for years now, but he's also 35 years old and we've seen him have issues against Troy Ross, another southpaw, but one without the height and range of Hernandez. It's definitely a step up in class for Hernandez, but he's 26 years old, talented, has power, and won't be easy for "U.S.S" Cunningham today.
The middleweight fight is a good chance to take a look at Proksa (25-0, 18 KO), a 26-year-old Polish fighter who now lives in the U.K. and has done most of his fighting there since 2008. This will be his first trip back to Germany for a fight since that year, though his last two have been in Spain and Hungary. He's a real talent and could be part of the long-term future of the hurting middleweight division, which has a lot of fighters right on the cusp.
But he'll have to get by Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KO), a solid veteran fighter who has been around the block. Sylvester's last fight was a decision loss to Daniel Geale, dropping the IBF belt at 160 pounds, and his other notable losses have come against Felix Sturm and Amin Asikainen (his first loss was in his pro debut). He's a really good test for Proksa right now.
Also on the card will be a light heavyweight bout between top 10 contenders Gabriel Campillo (21-3, 8 KO) and Karo Murat (24-1, 14 KO). This is kind of a contention eliminator between the two.
We'll have live round-by-round coverage of both fights. Join us this afternoon!