Steve Cunningham

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Steve Cunningham
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Cunningham (right) at a fight card at BB King Blues Club & Grill
Statistics
Real name Steven Ormain Cunningham
Nickname(s) USS
Rated at Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality American
Born (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 37)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 26
Wins by KO 12
Losses 6

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.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, he won the National Golden Gloves 178 lb (81 kg) title in 1998.

Professional Boxing career[edit]

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.[2]

Other activities[edit]

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.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (12 knockouts), 6 Losses, 0 Draws [4]
Res. Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Win United States Amir Mansour UD 10 2014-04-04 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won USBA Heavyweight title
Cunningham down 2 times, Mansour down 1
Win United States Manuel Quezada UD 8 (8) 2013-12-14 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss United Kingdom Tyson Fury KO 7 (12) 2013-04-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States IBF Heavyweight Title eliminator.
Loss Poland Tomasz Adamek SD 12 2012-12-22 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States IBF North America Heavyweight Title on the line.
Win United States Jason Gavern UD 12 2012-09-08 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez UD 12 2012-02-04 Germany Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany IBF/The Ring Cruiserweight Titles on the line.
Loss Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez TD 6 (12) 2011-10-01 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Lost IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win Serbia Enad Licina UD 12 2011-02-12 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win Canada Troy Ross TKO 5 (12) 2010-06-05 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Won vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win Guyana Wayne Braithwaite UD 12 2009-07-11 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, United States IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator match.
Loss Poland Tomasz Adamek SD 12 2008-12-11 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Lost IBF & vacant The Ring Cruiserweight Titles.
Win Germany Marco Huck TKO 12 (12) 2007-12-29 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win Poland Krzysztof Wlodarczyk MD 12 2007-05-26 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland Won IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Loss Poland Krzysztof Wlodarczyk SD 12 2006-11-25 Poland Torwar Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title on the line.
Win JamaicaLloyd Bryan TKO 5 (10) 2006-01-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win United States Kelvin Davis UD 12 2005-09-03 United States Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, United States IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator match.
Win Panama Guillermo Jones SD 10 2005-04-02 United States DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win United States Forrest Neal TKO 4 (8) 2004-10-02 United States Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States
Win South Africa Sebastiaan Rothmann MD 10 2004-05-22 South Africa Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win United States Terry McGroom UD 8 2003-09-20 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win United States Demetrius Jenkins UD 8 2003-03-29 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win Ghana Joseph Awinongya UD 8 2002-07-27 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United States Caseny Truesdale PTS 4 2001-09-29 United States Martinsville, Virginia, United States
Win United States Shawn Townsend TKO 3 (?) 2001-08-30 United States Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United States Shawn Townsend TKO 6 (?) 2001-07-26 United States Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United States John Battle KO 1 (?) 2001-06-28 United States The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United States Mike Williams TKO 6 (?) 2001-05-24 United States The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United StatesRichard Perry KO 1 (?) 2001-05-12 United States Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
Win United States Jeff Bowman TKO 1 (?) 2001-04-28 United States The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United StatesKanovas Alexander KO 1 (?) 2001-04-12 United States Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United StatesNate Frazier KO 1 (?) 2001-03-10 United States Virginia, United States
Win United StatesRobert Marsh PTS 4 2001-02-17 United States Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win United StatesNorman Jones SD 4 2000-10-28 United States Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia, United States Cunningham's professional debut.

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Preceded by
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
May 26, 2007 – December 11, 2008
Succeeded by
Tomasz Adamek
Vacant
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
June 5, 2010 – October 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Yoan Pablo Hernández