Steve Cunningham: I'm Ready To Fight Tarver ASAP!

By Mike Coppinger

Philadelphia-based cruiserweight Steve Cunningham – considered the best at his weight in the world – is looking for the big fight that has long eluded him.

In Antonio Tarver’s impressive debut on Wednesday in stopping Danny Green “Down Under” in nine rounds, he may have found one.

“I don’t know what’s on his plate but if he decides to stay at cruiserweight it would be an awesome fight,” Cunningham told “It would be a great fight for me, it would be a great fight for American television, it would be a good fight for everybody.

“We’ve been getting a lot of buzz on Twitter and Facebook about this matchup and I’m excited, I’m really excited actually. I’m hungry, I’m starving. I’m ready to make it do what it do.”

Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs), promoted by European-based promoter Sauerland Event has been fighting mostly in Europe, but American fans got a glimpse of the talented boxer-puncher when he waged war with Tomasz Adamek in December ’08, seen on Versus. Cunningham dropped a split decision to Adamek, a fight that could have gone either way.

“I don’t think the world has seen the best Steve Cunningham yet,” said the 35-year-old Cunningham. “The Adamek fight gave them a picture of my heart and little bit of skill. But I still believe that even with that heart I’ve gotten better, I have a new trainer in Nazim Richardson, we’ve been together for almost three years, and I feel I’m still learning and getting better. … “I think it would be a great fight, I’m willing to give my all.

“If he’s willing to do it ASAP, I’m ready. I’ve been in camp, I’ve been in training , I’m never out of the gym. … “I have the mandatory that’s coming up, so I would like to get a fight in before my mandatory, I’ve been trying to fight since June. If he’s willing to do the fight, then we can get in there ASAP. Hey, let’s go.”

Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jim Jeffries on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;10877011]And Adamek. After Vitali takes care of him.[/QUOTE] No doubt Cruiserweight would be stacked with Haye, Adamek, Chambers, Cunningham, Tarver, Huck, Lebedev, maybe Guillermo Jones or Kayode and personally I think Boytsov could make CW.

Comment by Jack Napier on 07-22-2011

please make this fight Cunningham still good, but getting overlooked not had anything big since Adamek fight milk dud sucks and is overrated Cunningham can kick his ass and get some spotlight need Tarver KTFO and dismissed from boxing already

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=Klitschko2011;10877536]Cunningham was floored 3 times and clearly beaten by Adamek. Here's the 3 knockdowns: [/QUOTE] i thought ademek won too. but only off of those knockdowns.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=-Kev-;10876311]Marco Huck's lone loss is to Steve Cunningham. He also went 1-1 with Krystof, but IMO Cunningham won both. I also gave Cunningham the Adamek fight. Cunningham could easily be undefeated right now.[/QUOTE] Huck lost to Lebedev and received a…

Comment by Klitschko2011 on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=-Kev-;10876311]Marco Huck's lone loss is to Steve Cunningham. He also went 1-1 with Krystof, but IMO Cunningham won both. I also gave Cunningham the Adamek fight. Cunningham could easily be undefeated right now.[/QUOTE] Cunningham was floored 3 times and clearly…

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