Tyson Fury to fight on April 20th in New York
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) says he’ll be fighting in the United States on April 20th in New York against an opponent still to be determined. Sky Sports reports that the recently beaten former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) is the likely opponent the 24-year-old Fury will be facing in this fight.
That sounds about right. Cunningham has lost three out of his last four fights and only weighs a little over 200 pounds. What a great choice, Fury.
Fury said on his twitter “I will be in New York April 20 to show America what they have been missing. Unleash the Fury! Coming to America.”
If Fury selected the 36-year-old Cunningham then he won’t be proving anything to American fans other than the fact that he’s still being carefully matched against guys that aren’t a threat to beating him. Cunningham is 36 now, and he’s not a heavyweight, even though he recently gave former light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek problems in losing a 12 round split decision last December.
Adamek isn’t a great heavyweight, as we saw in his 10th round TKO loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2011. Adamek is little more than a pumped up cruiserweight, so whatever Cunningham did against him is meaningless.
I’d prefer to see Fury accept unbeaten American talent Deontay Wilder’s challenge and fight him in the United States. If Fury wants to fight an American, then he needs to fight an American with size, speed and power like the 6’7” knockout artist Wilder instead of the small 6’2” 205 lb. Cunningham. That’s a mismatch on size alone for Fury and it won’t be very competitive due to Cunningham’s size limitations.
Wilder has already called Fury out in the past, but he’s been ignored by him for some strange reason. Why is Fury fighting Americans like Kevin Johnson and possibly Cunningham, but not Wilder?