Media work-out featuring Hernandez-Cunningham II, Licina-Alekseev
Four top cruiserweights showcased their talents today in Frankfurt prior to Team Sauerland’s big show at the Fraport Arena on Saturday night. In four days, IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and two-time world champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again, while Enad Licina and Alexander Alekseev clash for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title. Take a look at what the fighters had to say right here, as well as some pictures and other notes from the event as well.
“I deserve to be world champion and I will prove my worth on Saturday night,” Hernandez told the press after today’s session. “He is good, but I don’t consider him a world champion,” Cunningham said of his opponent. “I am here to take home the title and become world champion for a third time.”
Meanwhile, Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) has vowed to leave the ring victorious against Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs). “I grew up in Frankfurt and I want to give my fans an entertaining fight,” he said. “Alekseev is an accomplished fighter but I am tough and I will beat him.” Said Alekseev: “I need to win. I want to be the new European champion.”
In the third title fight of the night, European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) makes his first mandatory defence against Vyacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “He is a very strong opponent but I will remain the champion,” Gutknecht said.