Steve Cunningham is looking to win back the IBF cruiserweight title today in Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Today in Frankfurt, Germany, Steve Cunningham will attempt to regain the IBF cruiserweight title in a rematch against Yoan Pablo Hernandez, and the American is favored by a slim margin to do just that:
Cunningham (24-3, 12 KO) lost the belt to Hernandez (25-1, 13 KO) via controversial technical decision last October, and neither man has fought since then, as the rematch was being sorted out. Hernandez did floor Cunningham in the first round last time out, but Cunningham started to really take over the fight in the third and fourth rounds, and was building a lot of steam before the fight was stopped on a suspect cut after six rounds. Cunningham lost via split decision, including one card (59-54 Hernandez) that seemed a bit ridiculous.
After the jump: Odds for undercard fights (Alexeev vs Licina, Masternak vs Simms).
The fight card in Frankfurt is packed with familiar names in the cruiserweight division, too. Troy Ross is hoping to face the Hernandez-Cunningham winner, and he'll be in action against club fighter Lukasz Rusiewicz in his official Sauerland debut.
More notably, the vacant European title is on the line between Alexander Alexeev (22-2, 20 KO) and Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KO). Alexeev is favored at -225 and -200 by Bovada and 5Dimes, with Licina the underdog at +175 and +170.
Poland's Mateusz Masternak (24-0, 18 KO) is a big -2750 favorite at 5Dimes over American veteran Michael Simms (22-15-2, 14 KO). Simms is at +1250.
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of the full card this afternoon, led by yours truly. The BoxNation telecast from the UK goes live at 1 p.m. by their schedule, with fights likely starting around 2:30 p.m. EST.