By Daniel Mole: Stafford super-middleweight, Grant Cunningham, faces his toughest test to date when he boxes on the undercard of Martin Gethin’s IBF Final Eliminator with Ammeth Diaz at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 31st May. The 29 year-old (7-0) puts his unblemished record to the test against Lithuanian Kirill Psonko (10-24-2).
Psonko, 26, is a tough opponent who has fought all over Europe. He has fought 36 times since turning professional in 2008 and has shared a ring with the likes of British and Commonwealth Champion, George Groves, and Chris Eubank Junior.
Psonko represents a step up in class for Cunningham but the Staffordshire scrapper insists he is ready to meet the challenge head on.
“I need a test and, looking at his record, that’s what this will be,” Cunningham told www.uko-boxing.com. “It should be good.
“It’s pointless fighting guys you can beat up all day long. He’s been in with some good fighters so it will be a good measuring stick for me. It will be good to see how I deal with him and compare that with how the likes of Groves and Eubank Junior did.
“That said though, they fought him at different stages of their career too. He is a step up but I’m not one to focus on the opponent. It’s all about what I do in there.”
Cunningham’s last fight took place at Walsall Town Hall, so it’s a venue he knows all about. That was back in January when he recorded a points win over Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell. Since then a minor hand injury has kept him out of competitive action but now, fully recovered, he is looking forward to his ring return.
“I’ve had a bit of a hand injury since the last fight and have given it a bit of time to heal,” he added. “It’s fine now though.
“Training is coming along and I’m really looking forward to the fight. It’s just a privilege to be part of another big show. I love fighting at Walsall Town Hall. I’ve fought there a few times now and, although I’m from Stafford, I feel like the Walsall people really give me their backing.
“It promises to be a great night.”
As well as Gethin versus Diaz, Walsall Cruiserweight, Chris Keane, competes for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight Title.
Also on the bill for are Welsh super-featherweight, Craig Evans, unbeaten Boston light-heavyweight prospect Calum Johnson and former Commonwealth Welterweight title challenger Ronnie Heffron.
Wolverhampton super-featherweight Dezzie Bowater and West Bromwich welterweight Tom Stokes also make their professional debuts.
Tickets, priced at £40 and £75 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Doors will open at 6pm and boxing will commence at 6.30pm.
Gethin versus Diaz, which being promoted by Frank Warren in association with NEWOB Promotions, will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com.