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Tyson Fury braces for Cunningham in U.S. debut
Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) is set to make his highly anticipated United States debut against former two-time IBF cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-5, 13 KOs). The two will meet in the main event of a special Saturday afternoon boxing card live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fury, ranked No. 8 by the IBF, challenges the No. 12-ranked Cunningham for the No. 2 spot. The winner of Fury-Cunningham will then fight the No. 1-ranked Kubrat Pulev, with the winner challenging unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the future.
In preparation for Cunningham, Fury is enjoying the atmosphere at the Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
“I have had training camps all over the world,” said Fury, who is also ranked No. 4 by the WBC and No. 6 by the WBO. “So far Casino Lac-Leamy ranks right at the top. I have everything at my disposal here – atmosphere, facilities, and nearby running trails – to get me in the best shape of my career for April 20.”
Fury, the 6’ 8,” 260-pound contender believes that he is truly ready to take over the heavyweight class. Fury, at 24, has quality victories against world title challengers Derrick Chisora and Kevin Johnson.
“I truly feel I’m ready to conquer the heavyweight division,” Fury said. “the outspoken Fury remarked. “Steve Cunningham is the toughest test of my career, but I’ve made a name for myself by passing those tests again and again. I’ve taken camp to Canada this time in order to make sure that trend continues.”
Cunningham could have remained a cruiserweight and challenged for a third title at 200 pounds. But the opportunity to advance to the heavyweights with the potential to fight Klitschko could not be ignored. Cunningham is on a bit of a difficult stretch having lost three of his last four fights dating back to 2011. Cunningham is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Tomas Adamek in December. The Philadelphia native is itching for his chance to send Fury back home to the United Kingdom with his first professional defeat.
NBC will televise Fury vs. Cunningham live from the Garden beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The first bout is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tickets, starting at $25, are available to purchase at Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
DBE Stars prove victorious
Last Thursday, Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment staged another entertaining night of ‘Broadway Boxing’ action from the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City. In the main event, former WBA junior middleweight champion and Brooklyn native, Yuri Foreman returned to action to defeat Gundrick King (18-10, 11 KOs) through six rounds.
All three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Welterweight contender ‘Jo-Jo’ Dan Ion, ranked No. 6 by the WBC, decisioned Damain Frias (19-7-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Ion won by margins of 78-73 (twice) and 76-75.
Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (17-1, 12 KOs) rebounded from his surprise shock-defeat to former world champion Vic Darchinyan on HBO last year, knocked out Andre Wilson in the fifth round.
Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero of Brooklyn, NY delighted his hometown supporters by dominating Pavel Miranda through eight rounds. Bracero won by scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
In other bouts: 20 year-old, No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Patrick Day (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision against Yosmani Abreu (3-7-1). The judges scored the bout 39-37.
Heather “The Heat” Hardy (5-0) remained perfect by slaying Mikayla Nebel through six rounds. Hardy won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 60-53.
2012 National Golden Gloves finalist Bryant “Peewee” Cruz (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Antoine Knight (2-3, 1 KO) in round three of a junior lightweight fight.
Luis Olivares (2-0, 1 KO), A protégé of rap artist 50 Cent, abused Puerto Rico’s Christopher Williams-Ortiz over four rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Donte Strayhorn (1-0) made his successful pro debut by decisioning Puerto Rico’s Michael Carrera (0-1) through four rounds. The judges scored it: 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).
The next Broadway Boxing card is set for May 15, at BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.