Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Steve Cunnigham - IBF Cruiserweight Title
Frankfurt Germany was the location for what so far has been the closest World title fight covered by the fightscorecollector. A good start by champion Hernandez was cancelled out by Cunningham winning the mid to late rounds before a final round rally by the Cuban seemed to seal the deal for most of fans watching this fight across the world. Going through the forums collecting scores i reckon around 80% thought that the champion had regained his title with most seeing him winning by 2 rounds , some had it a draw and only 5 fans across the forums thought that Cunningham had managed to secure the win.
Hernandez started the better as Cunningham just wasn't letting his shots go , worse was to come in the 4th where the USS went down twice and was in real danger of being stopped by Ref Eddie Cotton. The champion then won the 5th so it looked a long way back for Cunningham who must have been 4-5 points behind at this stage. Too his credit this is where Cunningham finally fought back staggering the champion once or twice. I had him sweeping rounds 6 to 11 with only the tenth being a 10-10 even round , this made my card 104-104 going into the final round. The last round was a classic with Cunningham going all out before being caught and hurt badly by the champion Hernandez , the last minute of the round Cunningham then came back although the champion more than matched his work rate. It was a hard round to score. I went with Hernandez as he had hurt the challenger quite badly , this made Hernandez the winner on my card by 1 point.
Great fight and i don't think anybody would mind if there was a 3rd fight , whether Cunningham would travel to Germany remains to been seen as the judges 2 from Mexico and 1 from Canada had the champion winning by 4 rounds and 6 rounds twice. For fightscorecollector it was a far too wide.
Below is my scorecard along the many scores i have collected from the fans forums , boxing sites and the press.
Round 1.... 10-9 Hernandez
Round 2.... 10-9 Hernandez
Round 3.... 9-10 Cunningham
Round 4.... 10-7 Hernandez........Hernandez scored 2 knockdowns in this round.
Round 5.... 10-9 Hernandez
Round 6.... 9-10 Cunningham
Round 7.... 9-10 Cunningham
Round 8.... 9-10 Cunningham
Round 9.... 9-10 Cunningham
Round 10.. 10-10 Draw
Round 11.. 9-10 Cunningham
Round 12.. 10-9 Hernandez
TOTAL - Hernandez 114-113 Cunningham
Judges Cards - Massimiliano Bianco (Mexico) 115-111 Hernandez
Alejandro Lopez Cid ( Mexico)116-110 Hernandez
Pasquale Procopio ( Canada) 116-110 Hernandez
Boxing Sites , Media and Fans Forums Scores
Boxnation TV (Steve Lillis) - Hernandez 114-112 Cunningham
WorldBoxingNews.net (Phildjay) - Hernandez 114-112 Cunningham
Onthebeak.com (Petra Kirsch) - Hernandez 113-113 Cunningham
Ring Magazine online - Hernandez 113-113 Cunningham
Boxingscene.com (Alexy Sukachev) - Hernandez 115-112 Cunningham
BoxingAsylum Fans Forum - Hernandez 114-112 Cunningham x4 AND *114-112 Cunningham*
Boxrec General Forum - Hernandez 114-112 Cunningham x3 , 113-113 , *114-113 Cunningham*
Ringnews24 Fans Forum - Henandez 114-112 Cunningham x 3 , 115-113 Her , 113-113 Draw
Boxingscene General Forum - (All for Hernandez) - 114-112 x2 , 115-111 x3 , 115-112 x2
114-113 AND *115-113 Cunningham*
Eastsideboxing British Forum - (All for Cunningham) - 114-112 , 115-114
(Hernandez) 114-112 , 113-113 , 115-115 Draw
Eastsideboxing General Forum - (All for Hernandez) - 115-111 x4 , 117-110 x4 , 116-110 x4
114-112 x 4 , 117-109 , 114-113 x2
What a difference in scoring from the Eastsideboxing fans from the UK and in the General Forum where the rest of the Worlds fans post. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues as most of the Uk fans thought Cunningham won where in the General forum which is mostly American had Hernandez winning.