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Fury to make American debut vs. Cunningham
Unbeaten 6-foot-9 English heavyweight Tyson Fury will make his American debut on April 20 against former cruiserweight beltholder Steve Cunningham at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Tyson Fury, a 6-foot-9 heavyweight from Manchester, England, will make his American debut against former two-time IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham, of Philadelphia, on April 20 in The Theater at New York's Madison Square Garden, Main Events announced on Wednesday.
"I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20th to face Fury. For the first time in my career I have a guy coming to my country to face me," said Cunningham, who has often fought overseas.
Fury-Cunningham will be televised on NBC's Fight Night at 4 p.m.
"I'm very proud to say that Tyson Fury's American debut is taking place at Madison Square Garden, New York," said Fury's promoter, Mick Hennessy, CEO of Hennessy Sports.
Fury (20-0, 14 knockouts) has weighed as much as 270 for a bout and is coming off December's unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson, a bout which ended the the Englishman's streak of four straight stoppage wins.
"Cunningham's got all the tools. A former world champion, good fighter, he's got a lot of skill. I'm looking to put on a devastating performance, the best of my career to date," said Fury.
Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) stands 6-3, will be fighting as a heavyweight for only the third consecutive time, and weighed a career-high 207 pounds for his debut in the division -- September's unanimous decision over Jason Gavern.
Cunningham is coming off December's disputed split-decision loss to former light heavyweight and cruiserweight beltholder Tomasz Adamek in a rematch of Adamek's earlier split-decision victory as cruiserweights in December of 2008.
"Giving Steve the opportunity to fight on NBC again, in a bigger venue for another shot at the No. 2 position in the IBF after his controversial decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in December is what Main Events and Fight Night are all about," said Main Events President Kathy Duva.
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