Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Cunningham: I Don't Think Tarver Believes He'll Win

By Mike Coppinger

Steve Cunningham, regarded as the No. 1 cruiserweight in the world by The Ring, is looking for the big fights that have long eluded, and in doing called out Antonio Tarver, who made his entrance into the cruiser division with a knockout last month of Danny Green.

Much to Cunningham’s dismay though, Tarver has not stepped up to the challenge.

“He wants the big money fights, he wants money, and he feels that there’s not money in it for him to fight me,” said Cunningham. “The fight’s gonna be hard, I don’t think he thinks he wins it and he wants to get paid. We know the cruiserweights in America don’t draw money, but we should try to see how much HBO or Showtime would put up for the fight.

"I’m willing to fight and he wants to rematch Green or rematch [Bernard] Hopkins which nobody wants to see, or [Wladimir] Klitschko, which is impossible,” said the Philadelphia-based Cunningham. “

Cunningham even went so far as to offer a winner take-all match to sweeten the pot for Tarver.

“We were on Twitter back-and-forth for two weeks and he doesn’t wanna pursue it,” said Cunningham. “He’s just talking big, but he won’t put up. I even offered winner take-all, which I would do, because I’m that confident that I would beat him, but he turned that down. That was to make it attractive to him to come into the fight.

“He wants money, however much I would make, he could have had that, if he beat me, and I don’t think he believes he’ll beat me.”

For Cunningham, the fight isn’t about money, he wants to prove he’s the best against a big-name fighter. He would take short money to get Tarver in the ring.

“I’ve been taking short money all my career anyway,” said Cunningham, 35. “I’m a cruiserweight, I’m a two-time world champion, I still haven’t made a $500,000 payday. The money is secondary to just being the best. So beating him would be great for my resume. Yep, I’d take short money.”

Mike Coppinger is a regular contributor to both USA TODAY and THE RING Magazine. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America,THE RING Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Check out his blog: www.mikecoppinger.com  , follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger. Write to him: mike.coppinger@gmail.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spiegelo on 08-20-2011

[QUOTE=youngmoney007;11015460]At the end of the day, who really gives a F*#K about Steve Cunningham or Kevin Cunningham? Watching Steve fight is like watching the first coat of paint dry, TARVER is the man at cruiser...[/QUOTE] I'd say most Cunningham fights…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 08-20-2011

[QUOTE=youngmoney007;11015460]At the end of the day, who really gives a F*#K about Steve Cunningham or Kevin Cunningham? Watching Steve fight is like watching the first coat of paint dry, TARVER is the man at cruiser...[/QUOTE] to be the man don't…

Comment by youngmoney007 on 08-20-2011

At the end of the day, who really gives a F*#K about Steve Cunningham or Kevin Cunningham? Watching Steve fight is like watching the first coat of paint dry, TARVER is the man at cruiser...

Comment by Sadistic on 08-19-2011

Screw Tarver I wanna see Lebedev-Cunningham

Comment by Medved on 08-19-2011

Too bad Cunningham is in a dead division where all the top guys in Adamek and Haye moved up to Heavyweight. Is there a deader division than LHW and CW?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Tyrone Brunson Gets Off The Mat To Blast Out Kermit Cintron Santa Cruz's Father Wants Interim-Bout Before Mares Rematch Heather Hardy Wins MMA Debut With TKO on Bellator Card Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits Brisbane For Jeff Horn Showdown Mayweather Trainer: McGregor-Van Heerden Sparring Could Be Staged Tomasz Adamek, Glowacki, Masternak Pick Up Wins in Poland Pacquiao: I Expect Horn To Go Toe To Toe, It's Going To Be a War Deontay Wilder Ready To Travel For The Right Deal, Says DiBella British Squad Claims Record Eight Medals in Euro Championships Bradley Saunders Puts Injury Nightmare To Bed Vasyl Lomachenko To Fight in August, But Against Whom? Nam-Joon Lee Decisions Gomera, Captures WBA Asia Title Javier Fortuna Stays Busy With Santo Domingo Return Josh Kelly Watched Some Roy Jones Before 79-Second Win Dana White: We'll Learn From Mayweather-Pacquiao Mistakes Juan Manuel Marquez Return Now in Play For August 19 Horn Smiles: I'll Be Looking To Land Marquez Shot on Pacquiao! Diego Chaves: I Want Brandon Rios Again, I Deserve a Rematch SHO's Espinoza: Broner-Garcia is Biggest Non-PPV Fight of Summer Hopkins: Canelo Will Beat Golovkin EASIER Than Most Think! Frank Warren: Ward-Kovalev Ending Unsatisfactory, Trilogy Needed Vijender Singh vs. Zulpikar Maimaitiali Set For High Stakes Battle Natasha Jonas Impressive in Her Pro Debut in Newcastle Mike Jimenez Barely Beats Pryor, Findley Drills Donovan George Hearn: Great Offer Made To Wilder, Reluctant To Face Whyte Roach: I Once Thought Golovkin Kills Canelo - Now It's Dead Even Anthony Yigit vs. Sandor Martin Deal Reached, Purse Bid is Off Mohamed Rodriguez Shocks Manuel Mendez With Knockout Win Why Mayweather-McGregor Cannot Hurt Boxing De La Hoya: Canelo Has To Knock Golovkin Out! Photo: Kermit Cintron, Tyrone Brunson Ready For Battle De La Hoya: Golovkin Will Enter Ring First - NOT Canelo Mayweather Trainer Concerned: McGregor Has Crazy, Weird Power Onggocan Stops Pantilgan in Nine To Retain IBF Youth Belt Jonas, Saunders, Hall, Kelly, Fowler Win Bouts in Newcastle Canelo: Mayweather's Style Doesn't Make For Attractive Fights Seven British Boxers Head To Finals in Euro Championships Canelo: I Have To Be Smart, Elusive, Not Stand in Front of GGG Loeffler on The Venue Hunt For HBO Super Flyweight Triple Hearn: Ward-Kovalev Stopped Too Early - But Kovalev Was Done
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement