Steve Cunningham Targets Potential Heavyweight Move

By Phil D. Jay

Former two-time world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12KOs) has told WBN that he will be heading to heavyweight in the near future after struggling to secure a big fight at the 200lb limit.

The 35 year-old American, who was linked to a fight with Antonio Tarver before he signed on to fight Lateef Kayode next month, has contemplated a move to the top division for some time and now seems ready to make the jump up in weight.

“I'm always ready to fight, I live in the gym,” Cunningham told World Boxing News.

“It would have been great to fight that winner of Tarver v Kayode, but Tarver has more reasons why he shouldn't fight me than anything, so if he beats Kayode, I don't think that will happen.

“If Kayode won and would like to fight, then I would have no problems with that.

"I also wanted a fight with (WBC champion) Wlodarczyk, but that fight won’t happen either. We tried and nothing came of it. I have a huge fan-base in Poland, but they're looking for other fights,” he explained.

“The plan right now is to move up to heavyweight. It seems there is no more opportunities for me at cruiserweight.

“I been trying to secure a fight with Huck since 2010, but his team didn't want it and the other champions are not going to fight me so heavyweight here I come!”

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alonzo Harris on 05-30-2012

wouldn't mind seeing him get one punched by one of the Klitschko's, he can't be any worse than Mormeck or a Thompson rematch. The Heavyweight division reallys sucks atm

Comment by Silencers on 05-30-2012

He'd have a speed advantage over a lot of the guys there but with heavyweights it only takes one punch and his chin isn't the best.

Comment by Pirao on 05-30-2012

Well, I'd prefer to watch Vitali vs Cunnigham, than Wach or Stiverne, that's for sure.

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 05-29-2012

If Chambers wins against Adamek or even if Adamek wins for a rematch Bryant Jennings he's not a big HW and he's from Philly too Or maybe he just wants to fight in America again bcse at CW that isn't…

Comment by tripper on 05-29-2012

He must enjoy getting knocked out cold

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