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Fury vs. Cunningham

Fury/Cunningham: Keep it between the Ropes

fury14Before the fight with Steve Cunningham, Tyson Fury showed all of the tact and rhetorical artistry usually found in the boys locker room of a local high school when he told the world of his greatness. During the fight he pounded his chest in the ring like a baboon and shoved Cunningham after the round to give us further evidence of his greatness. And after the fight, Fury took the microphone hostage and treated us to a ballad by Ricky Van Shelton (it being well known the popularity of country music in New York City) so that we would have no doubt that we were witnessing greatness.

The unfortunate thing is that Fury is not great. The reflection Fury sees of himself is not the same one that the boxing public sees. While his accomplishments have been good they have not been great, and while his style has been crudely effective it has obvious flaws. There is as much wrong with the 6’9 former amateur champion as there is right. This heavyweight Narcissus is blind to the fact that he has not proven anything great in the ring. Continue reading

Tyson Fury Wins Over Cunningham But Not the Fans

Tyson Fury will get annihlated by either of the Klitschko brothers. He demonstrated very little in the way of boxing skills against Cunningham. Instead, he used his tremendous 6′ 9″ size advantage to mug his much smaller foe. On a 0-10 talent scale, boxing fans would be hard pressed to give him a score that would crack mid point. His bellowing, and worse yet his post-fight singing, completely turned off fans at Madison Square Garden Theater. His actions failed to generate any great desire in fans to rush out and buy a ticket to see him fight Vitali or Wladimir. That’s because fans know any such matchup will result in a reverberating quake picked up on the Richter Scale that will result when his big body crashes to the canvas.

Saturday night fans couldn’t help but feel sorry for Steve Cunningham. He wasn’t on the losing end of the seventh round stoppage, so much as he was a victim of a back alley New York City mugging. Tyson did so much pushing, shoving, elbowing and leaning on his smaller foe that Referee Eddie Cotton couldn’t keep track of all of the offenses. He needed a “clicker” to keep count of all of the fouls. Continue reading

Result: Tyson Fury KOs Steve Cunningham

In a revealing fight, undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) had to really struggle tonight in stopping former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO’s) in the 7th round in a fight televised by NBC from Madison Square Garden, New York. Fury is awfully lucky that he was fighting a guy 44 lbs. lighter than him because Fury got dropped in the 2nd round by a looping right hand from Cunningham. Continue reading

Predictions For Tonight’s Fights! Fury/Cunningham, Cleverly/Krasniqi, Alvarez/Trout

613 Not long to go now until tonight’s action packed evening of boxing action gets underway!

We have heavyweight action with Tyson Fury Vs. Steve Cunningham, we have an important light-heavyweight encounter between Nathan Cleverly and his mandatory, Robin Krasniqi, and we have a massive, tough-to-call light-middleweight unification bout between future megastar “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin Trout.

The action takes place in New York, London and San Antonio, Texas. All three cards have some interesting supporting bouts, but it’s the big three that are most exciting for fans.

Here, and for what it’s worth, I give my three fight predictions: Continue reading

Photo Gallery / Video: Weights: Fury 254, Cunningham 210

602Today’s Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham weigh in aired nationally on NBC Sports Network’s The Crossover with Michelle Beadle and Chris Mannix. Fury weighed in at 254 lbs., Cunningham came in at 210. The weigh in was followed by an on-air interview with Cunningham and Fury that included a bit of trash talking from both sides.

April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham in the main event. Curtis Stevens will take on Derrick Findley in the 8-round middleweight co-feature. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. Doors open at The Theater at Madison Square Garden doors open at 1:15PM ET. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Fight Night. The card is presented by Hennessy Sports and Main Events. Continue reading

Tyson Fury Attends Knicks Game – NBC Fury – Cunningham Saturday Afternoon 4/20 MSG

NEW YORK – Tyson Fury and his wife Paris attended their first professional basketball last night and were greeted by some of the Knicks players before their game against Atlanta.

Fury will participate in his own MSG outing on Saturday afternoon when he takes on Steve “USS” Cunningham at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The doors open at 1:15PM ET April 20 and a fan pleasing undercard begins shortly after. The co-feature and main event will be broadcast beginning 4PM ET on NBC.

Video: Tyson Fury – Steve Cunningham Final Press Conference

Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham met face to face at a press conference, Wednesday, at Legends Bar NYC in anticipation of their Saturday afternoon encounter at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The 12-round official IBF eliminator will determine which competitor will move on to challenge for the World title.

NBC will broadcast the co-feature, Curtis “Showtime” Stevens vs. Derrick Findley and main event beginning 4 pm ET.

Tickets, starting at $50, are on sale via Ticketmaster and at the MSG Box Office. Continue reading

TRAD Sponsor Steve ‘Cunningham For Saturday’s Showdown With Tyson Fury

CunninghamTRADBow, London headquartered multi-national TRAD have ‘stepped up’ their support of former two time IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, who faces Tyson Fury in an IBF Heavyweight title eliminator at Madison Square Gardens in New York City this coming Saturday.

Cunningham had previously benefited from TRAD ‘patch’ support, for both sensational battles with current IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, however for the Fury fight TRAD Chairman Hayden Smith has taken this a step further, with Cunningham’s fight wear for this huge fight being liveried in the distinctive TRAD Group Plc colours.

On receiving the news, of the increased support from TRAD, a clearly delighted Cunningham said.

“I am really excited about working with TRAD again.

This sponsorship means a lot to me, I am an American fighter, but my career has taken me all over the world and I am so thankful for all of my fans, both domestic and abroad. Continue reading

Fury-Cunningham: American Idol Contestant to Sing National Anthem Sat 4/20 at MSG

NEW YORK – Nicholas Rodriguez, a Montclair State University junior, will sing the National Anthem at Saturday afternoon’s Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham 12-round heavyweight fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Rodriguez, who is in the Musical Theatre Program at MSU, was also featured this season on American Idol. Continue reading

Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham vie for Title opportunity

569NEW YORK – Heavyweight contenders Tyson Fury, 20-0, 14 KOs, and Steve Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KOs, will clash in a highly anticipated 12 round bout that will place the winner on track to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. Only one man will come away victorious in the rare Saturday afternoon clash taking place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and broadcasted on NBC at 4:00PM ET, and both fighters are determined to be the one. Victory earns the winner the #2 spot in the IBF world rankings, and puts that fighter just one more step away from facing champion Wladimir Klitschko.

In his first American appearance, Tyson Fury is looking to make his mark as the next big thing in the heavyweight division. At 6′ 9″ tall, he fits the bill literally, but he will try to prove that his feared punching power can make him the new star of the division. Continue reading