On Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, undefeated cruiserweight contender Andrew Tabiti will face former world champion Steve Cunningham.
The fight will be part of the Showtime Pay-Per-View undercard to Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor.
Originally from Chicago but fighting out of Las Vegas, Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) recorded victories against previously unbeaten fighters Keith Tapia and Quantis Graves in his last two outings - both on ShoBox: The New Generation - as he works to solidify himself as a contender in the red hot cruiserweight division.
The 27-year-old turned pro in 2013 after amassing a solid 32-6 amateur record and scored knockout victories in his first 10 fights. He'll battle his most experienced opponent to date when he faces the multiple-time champion Cunningham.
Representing the great fight city of Philadelphia, Cunningham (29-8-1, 13 KOs) returned to action in March with a victory over Felipe Romero after an exciting challenge of cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in April 2016. Twice a world champion as a cruiserweight, he defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2006 to capture his belt before successfully defending his title against Marco Huck via a twelfth-round TKO. He became a world champion again in 2010 when he stopped Troy Ross in the fifth round.
"This is a huge deal to me. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing and to be a part of everything that's going on is a dream come true. I was really happy when I found out that I'd be fighting on this card. There aren't really words for how blessed I am to be in this position," Tabiti said.
"This fight means a lot to me. This is a chance for me to become the American face of cruiserweights just like Steve Cunningham was. I'm taking this very seriously and I have great respect for Steve Cunningham, but this is my time to take it. I'm ready to be a fresh face in the cruiserweight division. I'm going to give it everything I have. I'm humbled by this experience and I'm going to take advantage of it.
"I can't wait to open the show. There's a little added pressure being at the beginning of the PPV but I'm going to embrace it and put on a great performance."