Cunningham (right) at a fight card at BB King Blues Club & Grill
|Real name||Steven Ormain Cunningham|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
July 15, 1976 |
|Wins by KO||12|
Steven Ormain "Steve" Cunningham (born July 15, 1976) is an American professional boxer. Cunningham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed USS Cunningham in reference to his 1994–1998 US Navy service on the aircraft carriers USS America and USS Enterprise.
As an amateur, he won the National Golden Gloves 178 lb (81 kg) title in 1998.
Professional Boxing career
Cunningham began his professional career in 2000 with a 19 fight winning streak including a split decision over Guillermo Jones.
On November 26, 2006, he challenged Krzysztof Włodarczyk for the Vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title but lost by a disputed split decision in front of Wlodarczyk's fans in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. Later, Cunningham challenged Wlodarczyk again in the summer of 2007. With a majority decision in his favor, Cunningham at last won the title. He stopped undefeated Marco Huck in Germany in December 2007.
Cunningham defended the IBF title and fought for the vacant The Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Championship against Tomasz Adamek in Newark, New Jersey, on December 11, 2008. He lost a split decision (116–110, 115–112, 112–114), in a fight that was close in spite of the fact that Cunningham was knocked down in the second, fourth, and eighth rounds.
Cunningham faced former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Wayne 'Bigtruck' Braithwaite, at the BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida on the July 11, 2009, and won the fight via a twelve round unanimous decision (119–109, 117–111, 118–110). On June 5, 2010, Cunningham regained the IBF Cruiserweight title with a fifth round stoppage on cuts of Troy Ross in Germany. Cunningham returned to Germany to defend his IBF title against challenger Enad Licina on February 12, 2011.
Cunningham was knocked out in the seventh round by Tyson Fury, a British boxer, in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator on 20th April 2013. Cunningham had the much bigger Fury down in the second round.
He joined light-middleweight Boyd Melson, super welterweight Denis Douglin, Shawn Estrada, Demetrius Andrade and other boxers in Team Fight to Walk, an organization focused on increasing awareness in boxing of the importance of stem cell research for spinal cord injuries.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (12 knockouts, 12 decisions), 6 Losses (1 by knockout, 5 by decision), 0 Draws |
|Loss||Tyson Fury||KO||7 (12)||2013-04-20||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States||IBF Heavyweight Title eliminator.|
|Loss||Tomasz Adamek||SD||12||2012-12-22||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States||IBF North America Heavyweight Title on the line.|
|Win||Jason Gavern||UD||12||2012-09-08||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||Yoan Pablo Hernandez||UD||12||2012-02-04||Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany||IBF/The Ring Cruiserweight Titles on the line.|
|Loss||Yoan Pablo Hernandez||TD||6 (12)||2011-10-01||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Lost IBF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||Enad Licina||UD||12||2011-02-12||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained IBF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||Troy Ross||TKO||5 (12)||2010-06-05||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Won vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||Wayne Braithwaite||UD||12||2009-07-11||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, United States||IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator match.|
|Loss||Tomasz Adamek||SD||12||2008-12-11||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States||Lost IBF & vacant The Ring Cruiserweight Titles.|
|Win||Marco Huck||TKO||12 (12)||2007-12-29||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained IBF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||Krzysztof Wlodarczyk||MD||12||2007-05-26||Spodek, Katowice, Poland||Won IBF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Loss||Krzysztof Wlodarczyk||SD||12||2006-11-25||Torwar Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland||vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title on the line.|
|Win||Lloyd Bryan||TKO||5 (10)||2006-01-07||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||Kelvin Davis||UD||12||2005-09-03||Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, United States||IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator match.|
|Win||Guillermo Jones||SD||10||2005-04-02||DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||Forrest Neal||TKO||4 (8)||2004-10-02||Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States|
|Win||Sebastiaan Rothmann||MD||10||2004-05-22||Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||Terry McGroom||UD||8||2003-09-20||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||Demetrius Jenkins||UD||8||2003-03-29||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||Joseph Awinongya||UD||8||2002-07-27||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Caseny Truesdale||PTS||4||2001-09-29||Martinsville, Virginia, United States|
|Win||Shawn Townsend||TKO||3 (?)||2001-08-30||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Shawn Townsend||TKO||6 (?)||2001-07-26||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||John Battle||KO||1 (?)||2001-06-28||The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Mike Williams||TKO||6 (?)||2001-05-24||The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Richard Perry||KO||1 (?)||2001-05-12||Johnson City, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||Jeff Bowman||TKO||1 (?)||2001-04-28||The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Kanovas Alexander||KO||1 (?)||2001-04-12||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Nate Frazier||KO||1 (?)||2001-03-10||Virginia, United States|
|Win||Robert Marsh||PTS||4||2001-02-17||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||Norman Jones||SD||4||2000-10-28||Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia, United States||Cunningham's professional debut.|
- Press Association (21 April 2012). "Tyson Fury recovers from knockdown to defeat Steve Cunningham". The Observer. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Boxers from Army’s World Class Athlete Program to Support Melson!". Boxingnews24.com. July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
- "Steve Cunningham's Professional Boxing Record". Boxrec.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
May 26, 2007 – December 11, 2008
Title last held byTomasz Adamek
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
June 5, 2010 – October 1, 2011
Yoan Pablo Hernández