Feature | Jun 04 2018

The cruiserweight champ who floored Tyson Fury

Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham reveals how he went toe-to-toe and decked Tyson Fury in 2013, writes Elliot Worsell
Tyson Fury vs Steve Cunningham
Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Steve Cunningham  |  Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

STEVE CUNNINGHAM weighed just 210 pounds the day before he exploded a right hand on the chin of Tyson Fury and floored the six-foot-nine, 254-pound Englishman inside Madison Square Garden in 2013.

He was undersized, as was his custom at heavyweight, and expected to fight the way an undersized heavyweight typically does against the beasts of the division: he’d move for a few rounds, look to survive, peck and prod and spoil, before eventually being put out of his misery somewhere around the halfway mark.

Cunningham, though, a former two-time IBF champion at cruiserweight, had other ideas. Unimpressed by Fury’s form and technique, he set about the bigger man from round one, refused to give ground or cower, and soon found it was he, rather than Fury, who was landing the telling, heavy blows.