On Saturday night from Germany, Steve Cunningham met challenger Yoan Pablo Hernandez as he set out to make the second defense of his IBF cruiserweight championship, in his second reign as challenger. Viewed near-unanimously as the best fighter in the cruiserweight class, Cunningham has been on the wrong end of some controversial rulings before, and when he lost on Saturday, it was yet another example.
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The fight began with Hernandez seizing the early momentum and nearly closing the show in just 1 round. He badly hurt Cunningham with a left hand and poured on some pressure, but couldn't get the champion out of there.
Cunningham recovered mostly be round 2, and then by the third round had gained control of the encounter. Hernandez suffered a cut in the stanza stemming from an accidental clash of heads.
Cunningham continued to use his superior speed and technical boxing skills to win the next three rounds as well, likely putting him 4-2 on most neutral cards, al...