Fury vs. Cunningham at MSG

By Robert Ecksel on February 20, 2013
Fury vs. Cunningham at MSG
The winner of Fury vs. Pulev, or Cunningham vs. Pulev, gets a shot at The Big Kahuna.

Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs), the 6’9” Irish, Commonwealth and British Heavyweight Champion, puts his unbeaten streak on the line when he meets Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) on the afternoon of April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Fury is ranked #9 by the IBF. Cunningham is ranked #12. They will be fighting what is called an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position.

The winner of the bout will meet the IBF #1 ranked heavyweight, Kubrat Pulev. The winner Fury vs. Pulev, or Cunningham vs. Pulev, gets a shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr. Steelhammer, aka The Big Kahuna.

“Cunningham’s got all the tools,” said Fury. “A former world champion, good fighter, he’s got a lot of skill. I’m looking to put on a devastating performance, the best of my career to date.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden. It goes back in history and I can’t wait to put my name with a long list of champions who have fought there. I’m a historian of boxing myself so this is definitely the pinnacle of my career so far.”

Steve Cunningham seems a curious opponent for Fury. Size difference aside, since size difference is Fury’s middle name, USS lost his last fight to #3 ranked Tomasz Adamek.

He is, nevertheless, excited at the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20th to face Fury,” Cunningham said. “For the first time in my career I have a guy coming to my country to face me. I am certain he’s never faced a fighter like me.

“What an amazing opportunity to fight in historic Madison Square Garden and return to NBC again. I am prepared to fight a great fight and come out with a victory.”

Fury vs. Cunningham will be broadcast at 4:00 PM ET as a special two-hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night.

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  1. peter 11:14am, 02/20/2013

    Cunningham is undefeated fighting in the Garden. He’s 2 for 2. He can—and should—beat Fury. But he won’t if he fights as defensively as he sometimes does, and particularly like he fought against Adamek. Fury isn’t skilled enough to land on Cunningham, but Fury will win this matchup in a boring 10-round decision.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 07:53am, 02/20/2013

    Robert Ecksel-“a curious opponent"indeed….I’m with Alice on this one….“Curiouser and curiouser!”

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