When at first you fail, try, try, try again. That seems to be the motto for Ola Afolabi who will get his fifth title shot in as many years when he challenges Yoan Hernandez December 6th.
Afolabi got his first shot at a full belt in December of 2009 losing a UD to Marco Huck. He had previously KO'd Enzo Macarinelli for the interim belt. Huck and Afolabi would go at it twice more, in 2012 and 2013, fighting to a majority draw and then a split decision taken by Huck. Late last year, Afolabi picked up the IBO belt by outpointing Lukasz Janik as the two fought for the vacant trinket.
So now Afolabi will try for a different belt against a different champion in Yoan Hernandez. Hernandez is on a 15-fight win streak since losing by KO to Wayne Braithwaite in 2008. That streak includes two wins over Steve Cunningham, but his most recent outing was a shaky SD over a very old Firat Arslan.
Afolabi's manager Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions feels this time they've got a style matchup that favors his fighter:
"Even though Hernandez is a better skilled fighter than Huck, he’s not as physically strong as Huck," said Loeffler. "All of Ola’s fights with Huck were very close and I think that Hernandez’s style will fit better with Ola’s. So I think that we’ll see Ola win the world title this time."
Who's excited about this cruiserweight tilt?