Yoan Pablo Hernández

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Yoan Pablo Hernández
Yoan Pablo Hernández 2008.JPG
Hernández in 2008
Real name Yoan Pablo Hernández Suárez
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Reach 196 cm (77 in)
Nationality Cuban/German
Born (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 30)
Pinar del Río, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 29
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Hernández and the second or maternal family name is Suárez.
Yoan Pablo Hernández
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  Cuba
Pan American Games
Silver 2003 Santo Domingo Light Heavyweight

Yoan Pablo Hernández Suárez (born 28 October 1984 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a Cuban-German[2] professional boxer. Hernández fights in the Cruiserweight division. He is the current Ring Magazine World Cruiserweight Champion as well as the IBF Cruiserweight Champion. He is also the younger brother of freestyle wrestling Olympic silver-medallist and mixed martial artist Yoel Romero.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Yoan Pablo Hernández started boxing with the Cuban national team at a very young age. He got silver at the Cadet World Championships (under 17) 2001 at 201 lbs/91 kg. He won the Heavyweight Junior World Championships in 2002 in Santiago de Cuba but lost twice to countryman Odlanier Solis and was forced to go down in weight. At Light Heavyweight (178 lbs) in 2003 Hernández won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo where he lost to Ramiro Reducindo.

He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native country. There he was defeated in the second round of the Light heavyweight (81 kg) division by Russia's Evgeny Makarenko, a double world champion in the event.

Although he was considered one of the top prospects in Cuban boxing, he defected to Germany, and is now based in Berlin, Germany.[4]

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • 2001 Cuban junior champion at heavyweight
  • World Junior championships as a heavyweight, in competition in Baku, Azerbaijan. Results were:
  • World Junior championships 2002 (Heavyweight) in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Results were:
  • Pan American games 2003 (Light Heavyweight) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Represented Cuba as a Light heavyweight at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. His results were:
  • 2003 knocked out by Odlanier Solis in 3rd round at Cuban amateur heavyweight championship competition.
  • 2003 competed as a Light heavyweight at 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Results were:
  • 2004 3rd place at Cuban national Light heavyweight competition, losing on points to Vladimir Linares Mesquia RSC 4

2005 Cuban National Champion (Light Heavyweight)

Professional career[edit]


Hernández is a fast but light-punching boxer, presently campaigning at cruiserweight. Hernández knocked out Daniel Bispo in the first round to win the vacant WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight Championship. On December 29, 2007, he knocked out world title challenger Mohamed Azzaoui to retain his WBA Fedelatin title and win the vacant WBC Latino title but suffered his first defeat on March 29, 2008 when he lost via 3rd round TKO to ex-champ Wayne Braithwaite of Guyana after controlling the match for the first two rounds and even knocking Braithwaite down in the 1st round. Hernández got too cocky in the 3rd and decided to shoot it out with him resulting in Braithwaite knocking Hernández down 3 times. He later won a wide decision over prospect Aaron Williams.

On September 19, 2009 Hernández defeated Enad Licina by a wide UD for the IBF Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title, becoming the first Cuban to hold a version of the IBF title since it was created.

On March 13, 2010 Hernández made his first defense of the IBF Inter-Continental title by beating Cesar David Crenz by unanimous decision.

On February 12, 2011 Hernández won the Interim WBA Cruiserweight title by knocking out Steve Herelius.[5] With this latest win he extended his undefeated streak to 10 fights since the defeat to Braithwaite and improved his overall record to 24-1 (13 knockouts).

Hernandez vs. Cunningham I & II[edit]

On October 1, 2011 Hernández defeated The Ring No. 1 Crusierweight, Steve Cunningham, by sixth round technical decision for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship. The fight was stopped due to Hernández being cut by an illegal headbutt, though the fight was not without controversy. Hernández knocked Cunningham down with a counter left hook in the first round and seemed to be badly hurt, but referee Mickey Vann decided to let the fight continue after what seemed like a controversial slow count.[6][7] Cunningham made a comeback during the second and third rounds, hitting Hernández with body shots in the second and becoming more aggressive during the third. However the latter round was also marred with controversy as Hernández was hit with an accidental headbutt that caused a cut and that many felt was intentional, with referee Vann not stopping the fight or even giving a warning to Cunningham. During the fourth round both fighters seems about equal, with Cunningham controlling the pace with his jab and Hernández successfully landing a combo. During the fifth round, Hernández accidentally hit Cunningham behind the head when referee Vann attempted to break up a clinch. During the sixth and final round the corner of Hernández as well as the ringside physician inspected the cut caused by Cunningham's headbutt. Afterwards Hernández seemed ready to resume with the round when the referee stopped the fight due to the physician deeming Hernández unfit to continue. The score cards were 57-56 for Cunningham and 58-55 and 59-54 for Hernández.[8]

Hernández and Cunningham had a rematch on February 4, 2012. The winner of this fight was to be crowned the new The Ring Cruiserweight Champion. Hernández won via unanimous decision.

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (14 knockouts, 14 decisions, 1 disqualification), 1 Loss (1 knockout, 0 decisions), 0 Draws[9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 29–1 Germany Firat Arslan SD 12 2014-08-16 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen Retained IBF and The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 28–1 Russia Alexander Alexeev TKO 10 (12), 1:35 2013-11-23 Germany Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Bavaria Retained IBF and The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 27–1 Canada Troy Ross UD 12 2012-09-15 Germany Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Bavaria Retained IBF and The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 26–1 United States Steve Cunningham UD 12 2012-02-04 Germany Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Hesse Retained IBF Cruiserweight title.
Won vacant The Ring Cruiserweight title.
Win 25–1 United States Steve Cunningham TD 6 (12), 3:00 2011-10-01 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Won IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 24–1 France Steve Herelius KO 7 (12), 1:19 2011-02-12 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won interim WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 23–1 Azerbaijan Ali Ismailov KO 1 (12), 2:23 2010-12-18 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 22–1 United States Zack Page (ru) UD 8 2010-06-05 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 21–1 Argentina César David Crenz UD 12 2010-03-12 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Retained IBF Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 20–1 Serbia Enad Licina UD 12 2009-10-17 Germany O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin Won IBF Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 19–1 United States Aaron Williams UD 8 2009-05-09 Germany Jako Arena, Bamberg, Bayern
Win 18–1 United Kingdom Micky Steeds KO 5 (8), 0:51 2009-02-28 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 17–1 United States Michael Simms MD 8 2008-10-25 Germany Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Win 16–1 Dominican Republic Santiago De Paula TKO 5 (8), 1:14 2008-08-30 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 15–1 Germany Stefan Raaff RTD 3 (8) 2008-06-07 Germany Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hesse
Loss 14–1 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite TKO 3 (12), 1:52 2008-03-29 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein Lost WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino Cruiserweight titles.
Win 14–0 Algeria Mohamed Azzaoui KO 3 (12), 2:08 2007-12-29 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight title.
Won vacant WBC Latino Cruiserweight title.
Win 13–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 8 2007-10-27 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen
Win 12–0 Brazil Daniel Bispo KO 1 (10), 1:01 2007-08-18 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight title.
Win 11–0 Norway Thomas Hansvoll KO 1 (8), 2:22 2007-06-23 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen
Win 10–0 Argentina Héctor Alfredo Ávila UD 8 2007-04-14 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 9–0 United States Jason Curry KO 1 (8), 1:12 2006-12-16 Germany BigBox, Kempten, Bayern
Win 8–0 Cameroon Jean Claude Bikoi UD 8 2006-09-23 Germany Rittal Arena Wetzlar, Wetzlar, Hesse
Win 7–0 United States Carl Gathright KO 1 (8), 1:18 2006-05-13 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen
Win 6–0 Czech Republic Ervin Slonka RTD 3 (6), 1:30 2006-04-08 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 5–0 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs UD 6 2006-03-04 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Win 4–0 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs DQ 2 (6), 2:57 2005-12-10 Germany Leipziger Arena, Leipzig, Sachsen
Win 3–0 France Mounir Chibi UD 4 2005-11-12 Germany Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg
Win 2–0 Czech Republic Vladislav Druso KO 1 (4), 1:53 2005-09-10 Germany Sportcenter Jumps, Weissensee, Berlin
Win 1–0 Czech Republic David Vicena TKO 2 (4), 2:59 2005-09-03 Germany International Congress Center, Charlottenburg, Berlin Professional debut.


Hernández played the part of Joe Louis in the 2010 German film Max Schmeling.


External links[edit]

Regional Championships
Title last held by
Luis Andres Pineda
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
Fedalatin title

August 18, 2007 – March 29, 2008
Succeeded by
Wayne Braithwaite
Title last held by
Eliseo Castillo
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
Latino title

December 29, 2007 – March 29, 2008
Preceded by
Steve Hérélius
WBA Cruiserweight Interim Champion
February 12, 2011 – October 1, 2011
Title next held by
Denis Lebedev
Preceded by
Steve Cunningham
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
October 1, 2011 – present
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
February 4, 2012 – present