icon Updated at 04:50 AM EDT, Wed Jun 15, 2011

Cunningham is Back on 8/26, Helping Klitschko For Haye

By Luke Furman

IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (24-2, 12 KO) will make his second defense on August 26th in Germany against yet unknown opponent. In interview with BoxingScene.com/Bokser.org, the champion revealed that he will also surely fight again in Germany in November or December.

In June 2010, Cunningham won the title against Troy Ross (24-2, 16 KO), beating him with a controversial TKO in 5th round (Cunningham was down in round 4). He made his first defense against Enad Licina (20-3, 11 KO) on February 2011, comfortably outpointing him over twelve rounds. ''USS'' used his superior reach and technique to control the pace. Both fights took place in Germany. The cruiserweight division is still relatively unknown by casual fans in the United States, so fighting in Europe is more financially profitable for Cunningham.

On Wednesday of last week, the American boxer arrived in Going, Austria, where he is helping Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO) prepare for his upcoming fight against David Haye (25-1, 23 KO) on July 2. Sparring sessions between Klitschko and Cunningham started last Thursday.

Luke Furman covers the boxing scene for bokser.org