AS Yoan Pablo Hernandez prepares to defend his IBF cruiserweight title against Firat Arslan on Saturday (August 16) in Thuringia, Germany, the Cuban declared, “I have trained carefully with my focus being completely on the task ahead this Saturday night. I did not have this kind of focus for my last fights, as I had to battle many problems outside of the ring. I almost gave up but my wife and my coach motivated me not to let myself go. Now, I am stronger than ever. August 16 will be my proving point.”
But Firat Arslan has designs of his own on the title. “I want to become the oldest cruiserweight champion of all time. I know that this is my last chance to glory and I did everything in preparation to make my dream come true. Coach Fritz Sdunek is going to be my key factor against Hernandez. When I fought Huck for the second time, I made many mistakes, which are not going to happen again. You will see my best performance – ever – on Saturday,” he said.