Hernandez beats Cunningham in IBF cruiser rematch


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Yoan Pablo Hernandez of Cuba successfully defended his IBF cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision against Steve Cunningham in their rematch on Saturday.

The southpaw had Cunningham on the canvas in the fourth round but the American recovered to finish the bout. The judges awarded it 116-110, 116-110 and 115-111.

Hernandez was making his first defense of the title he won from Cunningham on a controversial split technical decision in October.

That bout was stopped after six rounds after Hernandez sustained two cuts from a clash of heads, and awarded to the Cuban on points.

Hernandez, based in Germany since 2005, improved his record to 26-1 (13 KOs), while Cunningham dropped to 24-4 (12 KOs).