Tyson Fury sparring with Steve Cunningham in preparing for Haye battle
Former IBF cruiserweight king Steve “USS” Cunningham backs Tyson Fury to come out victorious in his domestic heavyweight super fight with David Haye.
Cunningham, who lost to Tyson when they met in the ring in April, is across in Belgium helping the 25-year-old prepare for his crunch clash against the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion and former WBA world heavyweight champion, Haye, on September 28th at the Phones 4 U Arena Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“Because I fought the guy and I see his training camp, I can go a little bit further than say; ‘May the best man win’, I believe Tyson’s going to win,” Cunningham said.
“I’m impressed seeing this guy, he’s so big and the work that he’s putting in – you can see that he’s really hungry and he wants this.”
When the pair met in the ring on Tyson’s US debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden back in April, Fury recovered from a second round knockdown to win by knockout in the seventh.
Following their fight, it was clear Cunningham was aggrieved by the loss, but he stresses that is all behind him now and he is enjoying helping his former foe and undefeated former British, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight champion prepare.
“I know there were probably some preconceptions about why I’m here or maybe it was about me getting some payback or vice-versa,“ Cunningham said.
“I’m not here for Steve Cunningham to try to beat up on Team Fury and to make another fight and to get back – I’m here to help him get ready for David Haye and that’s what I’m doing.
“I’m here now and I don’t think I’d be able to be here personally if there was any animosity – that’s dead and gone and truthfully this helped me put it to bed even more.
“There are no hard feelings at all for Team Fury or Tyson Fury – I’m cheering him on while he’s sparring the other guys – I’m telling him jab and do this, you’re looking good and you know that’s pretty funny right there.”
While Cunningham has been training with Team Fury, the 37-year-old former two-time IBF world cruiserweight champion, has been impressed by the focussed Fury.
“I’m getting to see Tyson Fury and I’m getting to see that Peter (Fury) really makes him work hard for it in training camp,” Cunningham said.
“He reminds me of myself when I was coming up; you want it so bad that you’re just doing whatever – you’d jump down a mountain if they told you that’s going to get you in the best shape.
“With what Tyson is putting himself through in camp, I believe he can beat Haye either way, points or knockout – I know things can go on in a fight that make you deviate a bit or change up or do something different, but I have Fury to win.
“I hope him the best and I believe he’s going to beat Haye.”
STAR BOXING’S JOE DEGUARDIA HONORED BY RING 10 RECEIVES LIFETIME DEDICATION AWARD ON SEPTEMBER 8
Star Boxing founder and president, Joe DeGuardia will be honored by Ring 10
with the Lifetime Dedication Award
at their Third Annual Extravaganza set for Sunday, SEPTEMBER 8 at the Marina Del Rey in Throgs Neck (Bronx, NY.)
Promoting world-class boxing events in the New York City area for over 20 years, DeGuardia has stayed true to his vision of providing first class entertainment for boxing fans and opportunities for fighters as they strive for their dreams of becoming world champions.
“This award means a great deal to me. To be honored by the boxing community for my dedication to the sport is humbling,” said DeGuardia. “We’ve always been committed to fostering a healthy environment for the fans and fighters.”
“Boxing has played a very important role throughout my entire life, both personally and professionally.”
Born and raised in the Bronx, the son of a professional boxer, DeGuardia started boxing in organized tournaments at the age of 9. He won numerous titles including the highly regarded New York Golden Gloves in 1988 while simultaneously graduating Hofstra Law School at the top of his class.
Initially working in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, DeGuardia went on to found The Law Offices of Joseph M. DeGuardia, a highly
successful law firm based in the Bronx that has been consistently lauded within the legal community.
Remaining active in the boxing community, DeGuardia revitalized the Morris Park Boxing Club, which was founded by his father, to a newer and improved location. Transforming it into one of the busiest boxing gyms in New York, DeGuardia used it to launch Star Boxing, one of the sport’s premier promotional companies.
Star Boxing is credited for leading the resurgence of boxing on Long Island with their outstanding “Rockin Fights” series at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The tenth installment, expected to sell out as have the past nine, takes place on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 14.
Among the Special Guests appearing at the Awards Ceremony are:
Danny Aiello (Academy Award Nominee), Joe DeGuardia, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Livingstone “Ras I” Bramble, Harold Lederman, Calvin Grove, Iran Barkley, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillan, Mark Breland, Tony Perez, Marlon Starling, Aaron Davis, John Duddy, Larry Barnes
For more information on the Ring 10 Third Annual Extravaganza, hosted by HBO’s Harold Lederman, please visit their website at www.ring10ny.com