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Yoan Pablo Hernandez to face Victor Emilio Ramirez on July 25

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German-based Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez will defend his IBF and RING cruiserweight titles against Victor Emilio Ramirez on July 25 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hernandez (29-1, 14 knockouts) will be battling not only an opponent, who will have home advantage, but the side effects of a 10 month layoff. The fighter, known as “Iron Man”, last fought in August when he turned back the challenge of former WBA titleholder Firat Arslan on a split decision.

”Finally, I am injury free and ready to get back to what I do best,” said Hernandez, who has been beset by both injury and illness. ”I can’t wait to travel to Argentina and prove once again why I’m the best in the division.”

“Pablo is entering the lion’s den,” said German coach Ulli 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 the coach’s confidence, predicting a successful end to their fighter’s sixth world title contest.

”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 traveling to Argentina to defeat Ramirez on his home turf.”

Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by Sauerland Promotions

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing