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Yoan Pablo Hernandez to defend belt

Cruiserweight titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez's third defense will come against mandatory challenger Alexander Alekseev after Sauerland Event, Hernandez's promoter, won the recent purse bid for the fight.

Sauerland Event bid $555,414 to easily beat EC Box Promotion, which offered $212,000. There were only two bidders. Hernandez, as the titleholder, is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid, or $416,560.50. Alekseev will receive the remaining 25 percent, or $138,853.50.

Sauerland Event has 90 days to put on the fight, but it is already being planned. According to Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer, the bout will take place either on a date to be determined in November or on Dec. 14 at a site to be determined in Germany.

Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw and former Cuban amateur star now based in Germany, resumed full training last month after being sidelined for most of the year with a broken left hand.

He has not fought since last September, when he outpointed Troy Ross in a tough battle. Hernandez, who turns 29 in October, was supposed to make a title defense against American Eric Fields in February, but he broke his left hand for the second time during a sparring session and the fight was canceled. Hernandez later had hand surgery and was cleared to resume training with the hand in mid-August.

Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), a 32-year-old southpaw from Uzbekistan living in Germany, is 5-0-1 in six fights since a second-round knockout loss to former cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev in 2010. Alekseev is coming off a decision win against American Garrett Wilson in Romania in a February title elimination bout.