Hernandez, Afolabi agree to fight

Thursday 9th October , 2014 10:18 am

With a purse bid deadline of Tuesday afternoon looming, the representatives for cruiserweight titleholder Yoan Pablo Hernandez and mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi came to an agreement.

K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler, Afolabi’s promoter, told ESPN.com that the sides made a deal Monday afternoon. Loeffler said that Sauerland Event, Hernandez’s promoter, will put on the fight Dec. 6 at a site to be determined in Germany, where Cuban defector Hernandez lives.

“The site is still to be determined based on availability of the arenas,” Loeffler said.

The 29-year-old Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) retained his title for the fourth time by split decision against former titlist Firat Arslan on Aug. 16, and the mandatory fight against Afolabi was ordered as his next defense the day after.

Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs), 34, who is from England and lives in Los Angeles, was supposed to face Pawel Kolodziej of Poland in a title eliminator to earn the shot. But when Kolodziej pulled out of their July 26 fight that was scheduled for the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard in New York, Afolabi blew out substitute Anthony Caputo Smith in the third round.

Although that fight was not an official eliminator, Afolabi is getting the shot because Hernandez’s mandatory defense is due, and Afolabi is the IBF’s leading available contender. Afolabi has had three previous world title shots, going 0-2-1 in competitive fights challenging Marco Huck for his version of the 200-pound world title.

“I think the style of Hernandez fits better for him than for Huck,” Loeffler said.

Since losing a majority decision to Huck in their third fight in June 2013, Afolabi has won two fights in a row, both in New York.

Source: ESPN