IBF World Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) will make his long awaited ring return on July 25. In his first fight back since successfully defending his world title with a points victory over Firat Arslan in August 2014, the German-based Cuban must ‘enter the lion’s den’ to face his mandatory challenger Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Having suffered a series of setbacks due to injury and illness, the 30 year-old champion is now fully fit and relishing a chance to return to the ring and showcase his skills in South America. ‘’Finally, I am injury free and ready to get back to what I do best,’’ said Hernandez. ‘’I can’t wait to travel to Argentina and prove once again why I’m the best in the division.’’
Accompanying Hernandez will be legendary German coach Ulli Wegner, who has warned the world champion not to lose his cool in the heated atmosphere of Buenos Aires. ‘’Pablo is entering the lion’s den,’’ said Wegner. ‘’Against such a passionate audience, we must keep a cool head. Ramirez is an aggressive fighter but Pablo has the superior skills. He will need to work hard but I’m convinced he will emerge victorious.’’
Promoter Kalle Sauerland shares his star coach’s confidence, predicting a successful end to their fighter’s South American mission. ‘’We believe in his strengths and expect him to prevail,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’This is an opportunity for Pablo to prove himself as a true champion by travelling to Argentina to defeat Ramirez on his home turf!’’