BERLIN (AP) — Yoan Pablo Hernandez has been forced to call off his mandatory IBF cruiserweight title defense against Ola Afolabi because of an elbow injury.

Hernandez's management says the champion has loose cartilage in his right elbow. Hernandez felt pain in sparring last week and a scan revealed the injury.

The fight had been scheduled for Dec. 6 in Oldenburg, Germany. No new date has been set.