Yoan Pablo Hernández

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Yoan Pablo Hernández
Yoan Pablo Hernández 2008.JPG
Hernández vs. Braithwaite, 2008
Real nameYoan Pablo Hernández Soárez
Nickname(s)Iron Man
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Reach77 in (196 cm)
  • Cuban
  • German
Born (1984-10-28) October 28, 1984 (age 35)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO14

Yoan Pablo Hernández Soárez (born October 28, 1984) is a Cuban-German former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2014.[1] He held the unified IBF and Ring magazine cruiserweight titles, as well as the WBA interim cruiserweight title. His half-brother is Yoel Romero, a freestyle wrestler and mixed martial artist.[2]

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 Solís 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.[3]

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • 2001 Cuban junior champion at heavyweight
  • World Junior championships as a heavyweight, in competition in Baku, Azerbaijan. Results were:
    • Defeated Dato Dundva (Georgia) points
    • Defeated Rufat Hairbekov (Azerbaijan) points
    • Lost to Siergej Ivanov (Russia) points
  • World Junior championships 2002 (heavyweight) in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Results were:
    • Defeated Justin White (Canada) RTD 1
    • Defeated Vitaly Mikhyeyenko (Ukraine) 31–11.
    • Defeated Stefan Koeber (Germany) RSC 3
    • Defeated Parfait Amougou (Cameroon) RSC 3. (Captured gold medal)
  • 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 Solís 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 was a fast but light-punching boxer who competed entirely 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. 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).

Hernández vs. Cunningham I & II[edit]

On 1 October 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.[4][5] 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.[6]

Hernández and Cunningham had a rematch on 4 February 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]

Professional record summary
30 fights 29 wins 1 loss
By knockout 14 1
By decision 14 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Win 29–1 Germany Firat Arslan SD 12 16 Aug 2014 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany Retained IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles
29 Win 28–1 Russia Aleksandr Alekseyev TKO 10 (12), 1:35 23 Nov 2013 Germany Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Germany Retained IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles
28 Win 27–1 Canada Troy Ross UD 12 15 Sep 2012 Germany Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Germany Retained IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles
27 Win 26–1 United States Steve Cunningham UD 12 4 Feb 2012 Germany Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany Retained IBF cruiserweight title;
Won vacant The Ring cruiserweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States Steve Cunningham TD 6 (12), 3:00 1 Oct 2011 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany Won IBF cruiserweight title;
Split TD after Hernández was cut from an accidental head clash
25 Win 24–1 France Steve Hérélius KO 7 (12), 1:19 12 Feb 2011 Germany RWE-Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Germany Won WBA interim cruiserweight title
24 Win 23–1 Azerbaijan Ali Ismailov KO 1 (12), 2:23 18 Dec 2010 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
23 Win 22–1 United States Zack Page UD 8 5 Jun 2010 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
22 Win 21–1 Argentina César David Crenz UD 12 12 Mar 2010 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
21 Win 20–1 Serbia Enad Ličina UD 12 17 Oct 2009 Germany O2 World, Berlin, Germany Won IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
20 Win 19–1 United States Aaron Williams UD 8 9 May 2009 Germany Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
19 Win 18–1 United Kingdom Micky Steeds KO 5 (8), 0:51 28 Feb 2009 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
18 Win 17–1 United States Michael Simms MD 8 25 Oct 2008 Germany Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
17 Win 16–1 Dominican Republic Santiago De Paula TKO 5 (8), 1:14 30 Aug 2008 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16 Win 15–1 Germany Stefan Raaff RTD 3 (8) 7 Jun 2008 Germany Karl-Eckel-Weg Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Germany
15 Loss 14–1 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite TKO 3 (12), 1:52 29 Mar 2008 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany Lost WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino cruiserweight titles
14 Win 14–0 Algeria Mohamed Azzaoui KO 3 (12), 2:08 29 Dec 2007 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany Retained WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title;
Won vacant WBC Latino cruiserweight title
13 Win 13–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 8 27 Oct 2007 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Brazil Daniel Bispo KO 1 (10), 1:01 18 Aug 2007 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Won vacant WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title
11 Win 11–0 Norway Thomas Hansvoll KO 1 (8), 2:22 23 Jun 2007 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
10 Win 10–0 Argentina Héctor Alfredo Ávila UD 8 14 Apr 2007 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
9 Win 9–0 United States Jason Curry KO 1 (8), 1:12 16 Dec 2006 Germany Bigbox Allgäu, Kempten, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Cameroon Jean Claude Bikoi UD 8 23 Sep 2006 Germany Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany
7 Win 7–0 United States Carl Gathright KO 1 (8), 1:18 13 May 2006 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Czech Republic Ervin Slonka RTD 3 (6), 1:30 8 Apr 2006 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs UD 6 4 Mar 2006 Germany Large EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Latvia Aleksejs Kosobokovs DQ 2 (6), 2:57 10 Dec 2005 Germany Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Kosobokovs disqualified for an intentional headbutt
3 Win 3–0 France Mounir Chibi UD 4 12 Nov 2005 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Czech Republic Vladislav Druso KO 1 (4), 1:53 10 Sep 2005 Germany Sportcenter Jumps, Berlin, Germany
1 Win 1–0 Czech Republic David Vicena TKO 2 (4), 2:59 3 Sep 2005 Germany Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany Professional debut

Outside of boxing[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Box-Weltmeister Yoan Pablo Hernandez wird Deutscher". www.t-online.de. 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ Mike Chiappetta (27 July 2011). "Former Olympian Yoel Romero signs with Strikeforce, will face Feijão in debut". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Hoffen auf goldene Zukunft" (in German). Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Yoan Pablo Hernandez: The Ref, He Saved Cunningham! - Boxing News". boxingscene.com.
  5. ^ Scott Christ. "Yoan Pablo Hernandez Upsets Steve Cunningham Via Suspect Technical Decision". Bad Left Hook.
  6. ^ "Cunningham and Hernandez Mystery From Start to Finish!". doghouseboxing.com.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Luis Andres Pineda
WBA Fedelatin
cruiserweight champion

18 August 2007 – 29 March 2008
Succeeded by
Wayne Braithwaite
Title last held by
Eliseo Castillo
WBC Latino
cruiserweight champion

29 December 2007 – 29 March 2008
Preceded by
Enad Ličina
IBF Inter-Continental
cruiserweight champion

18 August 2007 – June 2010
Title next held by
Giulian Ilie
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Steve Hérélius
WBA cruiserweight champion
Interim title

12 February 2011 – 1 October 2011
Title next held by
Denis Lebedev
Preceded by
Steve Cunningham
IBF cruiserweight champion
1 October 2011 – 22 September 2015
Succeeded by
Victor Emilio Ramírez
promoted from interim status
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek
The Ring cruiserweight champion
4 February 2012 – 22 September 2015
Title next held by
Oleksandr Usyk