Hernandez takes Cunningham's title

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 01, 2011
Yoan Pablo Hernandez of Cuba defeated champion Steve Cunningham on a split technical decision after six rounds Saturday to take the American's IBF cruiserweight title. Referee Mickey Vann stopped the bout because of two cuts sustained by the Cuban after the fighters twice clashed heads in earlier rounds. Two judges scored it 58-55 and 59-54 for Hernandez while another had it 57-56 for Cunningham. The American was making his second title defense in his second reign as IBF champion. Hernandez, based in Germany the last six years, improved to 25-1 with 13 knockouts. The 35-year-old Cunningham was knocked down in the first round but got back up. His record now is 24-3 with 12 knockouts. A technical decision happens when a fight must be stopped because of an unintentional head butt. In such cases, the referee has the option of sending the bout to the judges.
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