B-Scene Staff Predictions: Tyson Fury-Steve Cunningham
By Jake Donovan
Heavyweight action returns to Madison Square Garden (or at least the basement), as Tyson Fury makes his stateside debut against former cruiserweight contender Steve Cunningham.
At stake is a #2 IBF heavyweight ranking, with the winner to face Kubrat Pulev in a final eliminator later this year to determine the mandatory challenger for lineal champ Wladimir Klitschko.
The bout serves as a rare Saturday afternoon affair on NBC.
How does the staff at Boxingscene.com see all of the action going down? Read on to find out.
B-SCENE PREDICTIONS – TYSON FURY v. STEVE CUNNINGHAM
“Fury talks a lot of s**t and a good game, but I'll go with him cause Cunningham ain't much better.”
- Damien Acevedo (Fury)
“I expect Tyson Fury to have a successful pro debut. He simply has to many advantages. Size, power, youth are all on his side and will be too much for the former cruiserweight champion. Fury TKO 5”
- Ryan Burton (Fury)
“Cunningham is the better boxer, but size will matter in this one. Fury will struggle early but will eventually settle in and stop the American inside of seven rounds.”
- Jake Donovan (Fury)
“Cunningham W 12. Smaller man. Older man. But also the smarter man when it comes to the ring. Watch for the completion to the clinic USS started against Adamek.”
- Lyle Fitzsimmons (Cunningham)
“Fury by stoppage. Just too damn big for a game crafty, yet horribly undersized, Cunningham. Cunningham will, at times, outbox Fury but the size advantage will take over. From there Fury takes over and stops Cunningham in round 8”
- Ernie Gabion (Fury)
“Tyson Fury has the size and power advantage on Steve Cunningham but i do not believe that will be enough. Cunningham is on another level than anyone Fury has beaten with the exception of possibly Chisora who was completely out of shape. Cunningham brings skill, speed, and elusiveness to the ring and will cause Fury to have fits if he can't land. The rounds will go back and forth in the beginning but a tired and frustrated Fury will gas late and Cunningham will take over winning via Unanimous Decision”
- Tim Kudgis (Cunningham)
“I give Cunningham kudos for moving up to heavyweight and taking on tough legitimate challengers. He did well against Adamek, and arguably won that fight. Conspiracies aside, the argument against him winning was he was not busy enough. He will have to completely alter that style against the much taller, much heavier, much stronger Fury. Cunningham will have his effective boxing moments. Fury's moments will be that much more effective. Goliath downs David in this match via mid to late round KO. Let's say Fury KO victory round nine.”
- Richard Najdowski (Fury)
“Fury Dec. Cunningham: Fury might not be more skilled, or experienced than Cunningham but he has improved tons from where he was a few years ago. He showed girt and stamina in a win over Derrek Chisora and his career to date has been managed well for a combination of education and progress. Cunningham is often vulnerable early and could be stopped, but he has always been resilient. The thinking is he's just giving up too much size, and has a bit more wear. Fury should outwork him.”
- Cliff Rold (Fury)
“I think Fury's overall size and strength will be the key to the outcome of this fight. Cunningham will definitely come to fight but will lose in a spirited effort as Fury gets the win and puts Cunningham down before the fight is over.”
- Luis Sandoval (Fury)
“Cunningham looked like a champ against an old rival the last time out. But forget about actual weights - Tomasz Adamek is not a real heavyweight. Tyson Fury is. Even with a lack of ability he will lock the USS down, cutting angles and cornering him every here and now. The stoppage will come either on the strength of his pounding or with a single killer punch. Fury TKO8.”
- Alexey Sukachev (Fury)
Totals: Tyson Fury 8, Steve Cunningham 2
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by medium-deek on 04-20-2013
damn. jake donovan called it.Comment by hyeduk on 04-20-2013
Jake Donovan is a foreteller !!!!!!!!!!!Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder Jonas Sultan Retains His RP Championship With KO in Five Rounds Photos: Verdejo, Diaz Open Workouts Before HUGE Bronx Crowd Roach: Floyd Mayweather Asked Me To Train Conor McGregor Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Beats Down Kai Kurzawa For TKO Win Ricky Burns Becomes Three Division Champion, Stops Di Rocco in 8 Nurse Pounds on Limond For TKO Win, Retains British Title WADA To Meet With AIBA, Shocking Allegations Over Drug Testing Conor Benn Wins In Glasgow, Returns on Joshua-Breazeale McCarthy Beats Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Must Face Askin Next Povetkin Questions Whether Wilder Actually Intended To Fight Him Burns-Di Rocco: Ogogo Wins On Return Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan! Lara's Trainer: Golovkin Should Want To Test Himself Against Lara Frank Warren: Kell Brook Wanted No Part of Liam Smith Hearn: Ricky Burns' Last Chance To Win Gold, a 50-50 Fight Tony Bellew Smiles: I Was Always a Rebellious Little F***er! Hearn Wants Parker To Get UK Exposure To Build Joshua Bout Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Marquez Injured, Stops Training - But Still Has Eye on Miguel Cotto Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot? Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass!
Latest Boxing Video Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Video: Joseph Diaz Discusses His Career, The Future, More Video: Sergio Mora Discusses Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, More Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley Video: Justin Fortune on Khan, Golovkin, McGregor, Canelo, More Video: John Molina Talks, Ruslan Provodnikov Crashes Interview
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads