By Luke Furman
Cruiserweight contender and former champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) had stated in a recent interview that he tried in the past to unify the titles at cruiserweight, but neither of the two champions, Marco Huck of the WBO and Krzysztof Włodarczyk of the WBC, had any interest. Cunningham gave Huck his first and only loss, stopping the German star in the twelfth round of their battle in 2009. He also fought Wlodarczyk twice, losing a close decision to the Polish champion in their first outing, but winning a close decision in the rematch.
With Huck moving up to heavyweight and Wlodarczyk chasing other opportunities, Cunningham feels the rematch with Yoan Pablo Hernandez on February 4th in Germany, for the IBF title, will crown the real champion at cruiser.
"Previously, when I had a championship belt, we wanted to hold a unification with Marco Huck and Krzysztof Włodarczyk. Both of them did not want to take the risk and they weren't interested in a fight with me. In February, I'm waiting for my second fight with Hernandez. After this fight it's going to be clear to the audience who the best boxer is at cruiserweight," Cunningham said.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org