Steve Cunningham

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This article is about the American boxer. For the American computer scientist, see Steve Cunningham (computer scientist). For the rugby union official, see Steve Cunningham (IRFU). For the American surgeon, see Steven Clark Cunningham.
Steve Cunningham
Steve Cunningham.jpg
Cunningham in 2010
Real name Steven Ormain Cunningham
Nickname(s) USS (United States Ship)
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 40)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 28
Wins by KO 13
Losses 8
No contests 1

Steven Ormain "Steve" Cunningham (born July 15, 1976) is an American professional boxer and a two-time former IBF cruiserweight champion. His nickname, "USS", is a reference to his 1994–1998 US Navy service on the aircraft carriers USS America and USS Enterprise.[1]


A native of Philadelphia, one of the most boxing-rich cities in America, Cunningham began adding to his hometown’s legacy in the sport after joining the US Navy. He gained a reputation as a tough fighter on the streets of Philly, but he began his amateur career while based at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia. Cunningham served in the Navy from 1994-98, serving on the aircraft carriers USS America and USS Enterprise.[2]

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 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 April 20, 2013. Cunningham had the much bigger Fury down in the second round.[3]

After being promoted by Kathy Duva and Main Events for several years, he is now advised by Al Haymon. [4] Cunningham is trained by Naazim Richardson.

Other activities[edit]

He joined light-middleweight Boyd Melson, 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.[5]

Professional record[edit]

36 fights, 28 wins (13 knockouts), 7 losses, 1 no contest
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 28–8 (1) Poland Krzysztof Głowacki UD 12 2016-04-16 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York For WBO Cruiserweight title.
NC 28–7 (1) United States Antonio Tarver NC 12 2015-08-14 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Originally a split draw; result overturned after Tarver tested positive for a banned substance.
Loss 28–7 Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov UD 12 2015-03-14 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Lost USBA Heavyweight title.
Win 28–6 United States Natu Visinia RTD 7 (10), 3:00 2014-10-18 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 27–6 United States Amir Mansour UD 10 2014-04-04 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won USBA Heavyweight title.
Win 26–6 United States Manuel Quezada UD 8 2013-12-14 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 25–6 United Kingdom Tyson Fury KO 7 (12), 2:55 2013-04-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
Loss 25–5 Poland Tomasz Adamek SD 12 2012-12-22 United States Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania For IBF North American Heavyweight title.
Win 25–4 United States Jason Gavern UD 10 2012-09-08 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Loss 24–4 Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández UD 12 2012-02-04 Germany Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Hessen For IBF Cruiserweight title.
Loss 24–3 Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández TD 6 (12), 3:00 2011-10-01 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Lost IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 24–2 Serbia Enad Licina UD 12 2011-02-12 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 23–2 Canada Troy Ross TKO 5 (12), 0:01 2010-06-05 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Won vacant IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 22–2 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite UD 12 2009-07-11 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Loss 21–2 Poland Tomasz Adamek SD 12 2008-12-11 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Lost IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 21–1 Germany Marco Huck TKO 12 (12), 1:56 2007-12-29 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 20–1 Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk MD 12 2007-05-26 Poland Spodek, Katowice Won IBF Cruiserweight title.
Loss 19–1 Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk SD 12 2006-11-25 Poland Torwar Hall, Warsaw For vacant IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 19–0 Jamaica Lloyd Bryan TKO 5 (10), 1:10 2006-01-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
Win 18–0 United States Kelvin Davis UD 12 2005-09-03 United States Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Win 17–0 Panama Guillermo Jones UD 10 2005-04-02 United States DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 16–0 United States Forrest Neal TKO 4 (8), 0:53 2004-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
Win 15–0 South Africa Sebastiaan Rothmann MD 10 2004-05-22 United States Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng
Win 14–0 United States Terry McGroom UD 8 2003-09-20 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 13–0 United States Demetrius Jenkins UD 8 2003-03-29 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 12–0 Ghana Joseph Awinongya UD 8 2002-07-27 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11–0 United States Caseny Truesdale PTS 4 2001-09-29 United States Martinsville, Virginia
Win 10–0 United States Shawn Townsend TKO 3 (8) 2001-08-30 United States Charleston, South Carolina
Win 9–0 United States Shawn Townsend TKO 6 (8) 2001-07-26 United States Charleston, South Carolina
Win 8–0 United States John Battle KO 1 (6) 2001-06-28 United States The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina
Win 7–0 United States Mike Williams TKO 6 (?) 2001-05-24 United States The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina
Win 6–0 United States Richard Perry KO 1 (?) 2001-05-12 United States Johnson City, Tennessee
Win 5–0 United States Jeff Bowman TKO 1 (4) 2001-04-28 United States Nashville, Tennessee
Win 4–0 United States Kanovas Alexander KO 1 (4) 2001-04-12 United States Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, South Carolina
Win 3–0 United States Nate Frazier KO 1 (4) 2001-03-10 United States Virginia
Win 2–0 United States Robert Marsh PTS 4 2001-02-17 United States Radisson Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
Win 1–0 United States Norman Jones SD 4 2000-10-28 United States Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia


  1. ^ Mladinich, Robert (December 28, 2007) Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany. The Sweet Science
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  3. ^ Press Association (April 21, 2012). "Tyson Fury recovers from knockdown to defeat Steve Cunningham". The Observer. 
  4. ^ McNeil, Franklin (April 21, 2015). "Philly's Steve 'USS' Cunningham signs with Haymon". Philly Voice. 
  5. ^ "Boxers from Army’s World Class Athlete Program to Support Melson!". July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 

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