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Cuban Hernandez defends IBF cruiserweight crown

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Cuba's World cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (C), pictured on November 23, 2013 in Bamberg, southern GermanyCuba's World cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (C), pictured on November 23, 2013 in Bamberg, southern Germany

Cuba's World cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (C), pictured on November 23, 2013 in Bamberg, southern GermanyCuba's World cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (C), pictured on November 23, 2013 in Bamberg, southern Germany

World cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez has defended his IBF title with a split-decision victory over German veteran Firat Arslan.

Two judges marked their cards in favour of Hernandez (115-113, 116-113) but a third went for 43-year-old Arslan (115-113) in a bout late Saturday in Erfurt, Germany.

The victory left Hernandez, 29, with the 29th win of his career, with a sole defeat.

It was the Cuban's fourth title defence since winning the crown from American Steve Cunningham in October 2011.

Date created : 2014-08-17