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Steve Cunningham interview

stevecunningham_heavyweightFollowing service in the US Navy, where the moniker, ‘USS’ comes from, and a successful amateur career, in which he won the 178lb National Golden Gloves, Steve Cunningham embarked on a professional career in 2000. Cunningham headed into the Krzysztof Wlodarczyk IBF Cruiserweight title bout on a 19 fight win streak. Wkodarczyk recieved a disputed split decision. In the rematch, Cunningham settled the score, winning the IBF Cruiserweight title.

Later that year Cunningham stopped Marco Huck in Germany. Currently, Cunningham competes in the Heavyweight division. Although Cunningham lost his last outing to British Heavyweight hope Tyson Fury, a bout in which Cunningham dropped the much larger Fury in the second round, Peter Fury was impressed enough to invite Cunningham into the Fury camp, to spar Tyson in preparation for David Haye.

This week Boxingroundup caught up with Steve Cunningham, to find out how camp has gone. Continue reading

Steve Cunningham backs Tyson Fury to come out victorious against David Haye

jpegFormer IBF cruiserweight king Steve “USS” Cunningham backs Tyson Fury to come out victorious in his domestic heavyweight super fight with David Haye.

Cunningham, who lost to Tyson when they met in the ring in April, is across in Belgium helping the 25-year-old prepare for his crunch clash against the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion and former WBA world heavyweight champion, Haye, on September 28th at the Phones 4 U Arena Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

“Because I fought the guy and I see his training camp, I can go a little bit further than say; ‘May the best man win’, I believe Tyson’s going to win,” Cunningham said.

“I’m impressed seeing this guy, he’s so big and the work that he’s putting in – you can see that he’s really hungry and he wants this.” Continue reading

Tyson Fury to use Steve Cunningham as sparring partner to get ready for David Haye

fury11In somewhat of an odd move, heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) will be using 37-year-old Steve Cunningham as one of his sparring partners to help him get ready for his September 28th fight against David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena.

Fury defeated Cunningham last April in New York in a 7th round stoppage. Cunningham wasn’t too happy about the loss, because he felt that Fury had partially held him in place with a left hand while landing the knockout punch. There was no rematch to clear up the controversy, and now Fury has moved on to the Haye fight. Continue reading

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

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

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