Steve; you shouldn’t wait to fight Tomasz, fight him this year in December.Posted September 9, 2012 9:10 am
Stevie, you’re a great guy and a very good Cruiserweight, but you didn’t have the pop at 200 lbs and certainly won’t hurt anyone who is 225 lbs or greater. If Tomasz put you down 3 times what will happen when you get touched on the chin by a real heavy? But I wish you well in your quest.Posted September 6, 2012 10:40 pm
Cunningham always looks in shape. Amazing that someone like that does not carry more power. I think the lack of power will be the problem at heavyweight. He will not be able to command much respect in the ring.Posted September 6, 2012 10:02 pm
Bill (KlichKO brothers are the best REAL HEAVYWEIGHTS ever)
All the best to Cunningham! WAR STEVE! And this bs about the chin is absurd. Boxing is about defensive and attacking SKILLS, if you are open for a shot, you’ll get it and you’ll go down no matter what.Posted September 6, 2012 9:22 pm
Sorry but he will not be making any splash or impact in the heavyweight division. He does not have the chin to take a heavies punchPosted September 6, 2012 6:34 pm
DR Bill remember sometimes fights seem closer than they were when they happen because the fighters are giving it their all, we are rooting for our guys, and the result hasn’t been established. I rewatched Adamek-USS a couple weeks ago when Comcast Sports played it. The fight wasn’t as close as I thought the first time and even back then I had Adamek winning a tough but clearcut UD.Posted September 6, 2012 6:26 pm
In contrast to Cunningham’s claim, I think his prime was a few years ago. The best I ever saw him look is when he TKOed Huck. He had it all that night. Timing, movement, power, will to win. Every boxer has one night that represents their pinnacle. He’s 3 years past his prime.Posted September 6, 2012 6:23 pm
This is not going to end well for Cunningham. Just doesn’t have the chin, power, size or strength to cut it at heavyweight. Should’ve stayed at cruiser and tried to get back on top there.Posted September 6, 2012 6:08 pm
Look forward to his fight Saturday with all the other HW bouts!Posted September 6, 2012 12:15 pm
Cunningham is a really skilled boxer, albeit with some dirty tricks up the sleeve. However, he doesn’t pull them all the time, so he’s ok.
I think the main reason why he wasn’t a really dominating champion is that he has good recuperation abilities, but can’t shake of hard flush shots for some time. He, at least recently, goes down first, although he gets up and going after a short breather. That will be hard at heavyweight if he cannot avoid getting hit flush.
However, IF he can avoid that big punch landing on him, he has the tools to be a good champion for some time, after the Klitschkos have left (or, next to Wlad). I mean, look at the skill level in HW, really. Povetkin ? Huck ??? Solis ? Boytsov ? Chisora ? Of course, he needs to avoid the big punch more than at cruiser, but on the offense he has more of a field day than at cruiser. He just needs to stay calm and avoid exchange at all cost, even losing a round or two from that. He still can dominate larger parts of the rounds by his offense alone, and win comfortable decisions. All he has to do is QUIT GAMBLING, and not land a shot for the heck of it during exchanges. Once he walks into a hook of someone like Chisora face-first, he goes down, and maybe stays down. But with a weary defense-first mindset, he can avoid it for almost the entire fight, like Haye could with Chisora.
I wish him good luck.Posted September 6, 2012 9:05 am
Cunningham arguably deserved at least a draw in his terrific fight with Adamek, and his loss to Włodarczyk was also arguable. his first loss to Hernandez was a technical decision. There is only one clear loss on his resume. But he is simply not a heavyweight, and he is aging. Like everyone else here, I like him as a man and as a fighter, but I fear for the worst.Posted September 6, 2012 8:59 am
really like Cunningham, but somehow don’t see him in HW. Even guys like Banks can cause him trouble in my opinion. Cunn is a born CW (just like Adamek) and should stay there (just like Adamek), but he wants bigger money (just like Adamek) and I can’t blame him for that.Posted September 6, 2012 8:34 am
I like Cunningham too, but he tends to fail against top dogs in their game: Adamek & Hernandez. His physique says he’s an excellent boxer, but the results doesn’t show this. He’s actually big enough to be a heavyweight – 190cm tall (hell, even Ruslan Chagaev is 180cm) and 208cm (!!!) reach, which is massive. But he’s like a CW version of Bradley – looks extremely athletic with flashy shots but has no power in them. In current HW it might be very hard to compete if you have no power to earn respect. In CW he has to step up his game, right now he’s a good solid #2 or #3 contender right now and with the right motivation he can be a champ again, IMHO at least.Posted September 6, 2012 6:38 am
he needs to be tested for PEDSPosted September 6, 2012 6:26 am
I like Cunningham but he’s past his best now. I also feel he’s too small for HW, and he barely had much pop at Cruiserweight.Posted September 6, 2012 4:46 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
I will welcome the former world cruiserweight title champion Steve Cunningham as the next world heavyweight title challanger to Wladimir Klitschko, if he can win himself a shot by defeating one or two decent heavyweight contenders. Wladimir is the unified champ and needs the best challangers there is in the heavyweight league.Posted September 6, 2012 4:36 am