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Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Juergen Braehmer to appear in doubleheader


RING/IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez will defend his titles against former title challenger Ola Afolabi, and THE RING’s No. 4-rated light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer will face Pawel Glazewski in a doubleheader on Dec. 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, Sauerland Event announced on Sunday.

The title shot will be the fourth for Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 knockouts), who has lost twice and battled to a draw against WBO beltholder Marco Huck. THE RING’s No. 1-rated cruiserweight, Huck has made a division record-tying 13 title defenses.

Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs), who turns 30 on Oct. 28, is coming off a split decision in August over Firat Arslan. The victory over Arslan was the 15th straight during a run that has included six knockouts for Hernandez, whose only loss happened in March 2008 when he was stopped in the third round by Wayne Braithwaite.

Hernandez’s winning streak includes consecutive decisions over former RING 200-pound champion Steve Cunningham by sixth round technical decision in October 2011 and by unanimous decision in February 2012.

“After my last fight, I was able to get straight back into the gym and start preparing for my next challenge. This has been the first time I’ve been able to do that since early 2011,” said Hernandez. “Now, I want to show everyone that I belong at the top of the cruiserweight division by beating my mandatory challenger Afolabi.”

Afolabi was last in action in July for a third-round knockout of Anthony Caputo Smith that represented his second consecutive win since dropping a majority decision to Huck in June 2013.

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, which handles Afolabi, is encouraged by the fact that Afolabi has performed so well against Huck and that Hernandez struggled against Arslan.

Hernandez’s coach, Ulli Wegner, was in Huck’s corner for each of his battles with with Afolabi.

“Afolabi knows every trick in the book. He’s a very experienced fighter,” said Wegner, 72. “If Pablo turns up at anything less than 100 percent, he could be in serious trouble.”

Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) will pursue his 14th straight win against Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs), and is coming off a unanimous decision over Roberto Bolonti in June that ended Bolonti’s streak of five consecutive knockout victories.

Braehmer, 36, holds the WBA “regular world” title, but THE RING recognizes the WBA’s “super world” title held by Bernard Hopkins as the legitimate belt.

”Team Sauerland stands for first-class boxing entertainment,” said Frederick Ness, Managing Director of Sauerland Event. ”This is something we wanted to emphasize by bringing fans two world championship fights on December 6.”

Glazewski, 32, won for the third straight time with a unanimous decision over Rowland Bryant in August, last suffering defeat by seventh-round stoppage against Hadillah Mohoumadi in June 2013.