Cunningham in 2010
|Real name||Steven Ormain Cunningham|
|Nickname(s)||USS (United States Ship)|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Reach||82 in (208 cm)|
July 15, 1976 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Wins by KO||13|
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|36 fights, 28 wins (13 knockouts), 7 losses, 1 no contest|
|Loss||28–8 (1)||Krzysztof Głowacki||UD||12||2016-04-16||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York||For WBO Cruiserweight title.|
|NC||28–7 (1)||Antonio Tarver||NC||12||2015-08-14||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Originally a split draw; result overturned after Tarver tested positive for a banned substance.|
|Loss||28–7||Vyacheslav Glazkov||UD||12||2015-03-14||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Lost USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–6||Natu Visinia||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||2014-10-18||2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||27–6||Amir Mansour||UD||10||2014-04-04||Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Won USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–6||Manuel Quezada||UD||8||2013-12-14||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||25–6||Tyson Fury||KO||7 (12), 2:55||2013-04-20||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Loss||25–5||Tomasz Adamek||SD||12||2012-12-22||Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||For IBF North American Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–4||Jason Gavern||UD||10||2012-09-08||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey|
|Loss||24–4||Yoan Pablo Hernández||UD||12||2012-02-04||Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Hessen||For IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||24–3||Yoan Pablo Hernández||TD||6 (12), 3:00||2011-10-01||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Lost IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||24–2||Enad Licina||UD||12||2011-02-12||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen||Retained IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||23–2||Troy Ross||TKO||5 (12), 0:01||2010-06-05||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Won vacant IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||22–2||Wayne Braithwaite||UD||12||2009-07-11||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida||IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||21–2||Tomasz Adamek||SD||12||2008-12-11||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Lost IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||21–1||Marco Huck||TKO||12 (12), 1:56||2007-12-29||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen||Retained IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||20–1||Krzysztof Włodarczyk||MD||12||2007-05-26||Spodek, Katowice||Won IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||19–1||Krzysztof Włodarczyk||SD||12||2006-11-25||Torwar Hall, Warsaw||For vacant IBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Lloyd Bryan||TKO||5 (10), 1:10||2006-01-07||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||18–0||Kelvin Davis||UD||12||2005-09-03||Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.|
|Win||17–0||Guillermo Jones||UD||10||2005-04-02||DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Win||16–0||Forrest Neal||TKO||4 (8), 0:53||2004-10-02||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||15–0||Sebastiaan Rothmann||MD||10||2004-05-22||Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng|
|Win||14–0||Terry McGroom||UD||8||2003-09-20||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||13–0||Demetrius Jenkins||UD||8||2003-03-29||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||12–0||Joseph Awinongya||UD||8||2002-07-27||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||11–0||Caseny Truesdale||PTS||4||2001-09-29||Martinsville, Virginia|
|Win||10–0||Shawn Townsend||TKO||3 (8)||2001-08-30||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||9–0||Shawn Townsend||TKO||6 (8)||2001-07-26||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||8–0||John Battle||KO||1 (6)||2001-06-28||The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||7–0||Mike Williams||TKO||6 (?)||2001-05-24||The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||6–0||Richard Perry||KO||1 (?)||2001-05-12||Johnson City, Tennessee|
|Win||5–0||Jeff Bowman||TKO||1 (4)||2001-04-28||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Win||4–0||Kanovas Alexander||KO||1 (4)||2001-04-12||Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||3–0||Nate Frazier||KO||1 (4)||2001-03-10||Virginia|
|Win||2–0||Robert Marsh||PTS||4||2001-02-17||Radisson Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||1–0||Norman Jones||SD||4||2000-10-28||Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia|
- Mladinich, Robert (December 28, 2007) Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany. The Sweet Science
- Press Association (April 21, 2012). "Tyson Fury recovers from knockdown to defeat Steve Cunningham". The Observer.
- McNeil, Franklin (April 21, 2015). "Philly's Steve 'USS' Cunningham signs with Haymon". Philly Voice.
- "Boxers from Army’s World Class Athlete Program to Support Melson!". Boxingnews24.com. July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
- Professional boxing record for Steve Cunningham from BoxRec
- Personal website
- Biography on Premier Boxing Champions website
|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