Yoan Pablo Hernandez (right) retained his IBF cruiserweight title with a questionable decision win over Troy Ross in Germany. (Photo by Photo Wende/Team Sauerland)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Troy Ross put on an action-packed show today in Bamberg, Germany, but it was spoiled a bit at the end by more questionable (I'm being kind) scoring, with Hernandez winning on tallies of 114-113, 115-112, and 116-112 to retain his IBF cruiserweight title.
Hernandez (27-1, 13 KO) was down in the fifth round and badly hurt, and was probably given a pass by the referee, who had a couple of chances to make a legit stoppage, but didn't. That's not the worst thing, though -- Hernandez did get his legs back and survive, and that's a skill.
I didn't score this fight myself, but it seemed like Troy Ross won this fight, and those I trust who were also watching on my Twitter feed seemed to agree. I just truly cannot see the eight rounds given to Hernandez, or the seven, for that matter. It's just bad scoring, and it's going to give us the old "well, that's Germany" thing all over again.
Ross (25-3, 16 KO) remains one of the more talented fighters in the cruiserweight division, and deserves his props. He wasn't flawless today, but he fought well and was able to outfight Hernandez here. At 37, this could well have been Ross' last chance to do something big in the division. He's been right there with Hernandez and Steve Cunningham. He's gotten jobbed, quite frankly, both times.
Roberto Santos TKO-8 Dominik Britsch: An upset by records, but not really. These two went to a draw earlier this year, and Britsch was lucky to get a win over Billy Lyell last October, two fights ago. Santos was probably trailing before he stormed back and got the stoppage. Santos 18-6-2 (10), Britsch 26-1-1 (9).
Edmund Gerber KO-4 Michael Sprott: Once again, Gerber was out of his depth against a faded heavyweight journeyman, and once again, he got some favors. Last time, it was a crap decision against Maurice Harris. This time, referee Gerhard Sigl called a horrible stoppage against Sprott, who was so upset he knocked Sigl on his ass with a shove. Good for him, but he'll probably be punished for expressing human emotion. Please, please remember this and don't mention Gerber when you're trying to find interesting heavyweights to step up: Edmund Gerber stinks. Gerber 21-0 (14), Sprott 36-19 (17).
Mateusz Masternak TKO-7 David Quinonero: This wasn't shown, or else I missed it. Quinonero had a gaudy record and KO% coming in, but it was against weak opponents. Masternak 28-0 (21), Quinonero 27-1 (26).
Marcos Nader UD-10 Damien Bertu: Middleweight prospect Nader, 22 and from Austria (born in Spain), stays unbeaten. Nader 16-0 (2), Bertu 25-7-1 (7).