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Steven Ormain Cunningham (born July 15, 1976) is an American professional boxer who held the IBF cruiserweight title twice between 2007 and 2011. His nickname, "USS", is a reference to his US Navy service on the aircraft carriers USS America and USS Enterprise between 1994 and 1998.[1]

Steve Cunningham
Steve Cunningham.jpg
Cunningham in 2010
Statistics
Real nameSteven Ormain Cunningham
Nickname(s)USS
Weight(s)
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 43)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins29
Wins by KO13
Losses9
Draws1

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Early years and amateur careerEdit

A native of Philadelphia, one of the most boxing-rich cities in North 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]

Cunningham started boxing at the age of 19, and won the National Golden Gloves 178 lb (81 kg) title in 1998 as an amateur.

Professional careerEdit

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, one judge scored the fight 114–112 in favor of Cunningham, while the other two judges scored it 116–110 and 115–112 in favor of Adamek. Fight was close despite 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, and 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] In an interview with Joe Rogan, Fury claimed Cunningham was the toughest opponent of his career.

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.

Outside of boxingEdit

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 boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
39 fights 29 wins 9 losses
By knockout 13 1
By decision 16 8
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Loss 29–9–1   Andrew Tabiti UD 10 Aug 26, 2017   T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For NABF cruiserweight title
38 Win 29–8–1   Felipe Romero UD 6 Mar 17, 2017   Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
37 Loss 28–8–1   Krzysztof Głowacki UD 12 Apr 16, 2016   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBO cruiserweight title
36 Draw 28–7–1   Antonio Tarver SD 12 Aug 14, 2015   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
35 Loss 28–7   Vyacheslav Glazkov UD 12 Mar 14, 2015   Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost USBA heavyweight title
34 Win 28–6   Natu Visinia RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Oct 18, 2014   2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
33 Win 27–6   Amir Mansour UD 10 Apr 4, 2014   Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won USBA heavyweight title
32 Win 26–6   Manuel Quezada UD 8 Dec 14, 2013   Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
31 Loss 25–6   Tyson Fury KO 7 (12), 2:55 Apr 20, 2013   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
30 Loss 25–5   Tomasz Adamek SD 12 Dec 22, 2012   Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S. For IBF North American heavyweight title
29 Win 25–4   Jason Gavern UD 10 Sep 8, 2012   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Loss 24–4   Yoan Pablo Hernández UD 12 Feb 4, 2012   Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany For IBF cruiserweight title
27 Loss 24–3   Yoan Pablo Hernández TD 6 (12), 3:00 Oct 1, 2011   Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany Lost IBF cruiserweight title;
Split TD after Hernández was cut from an accidental head clash
26 Win 24–2   Enad Licina UD 12 Feb 12, 2011   RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Germany Retained IBF cruiserweight title
25 Win 23–2   Troy Ross TKO 5 (12), 0:01 Jun 5, 2010   Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany Won vacant IBF cruiserweight title
24 Win 22–2   Wayne Braithwaite UD 12 Jul 11, 2009   BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
23 Loss 21–2   Tomasz Adamek SD 12 Dec 11, 2008   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Lost IBF cruiserweight title
22 Win 21–1   Marco Huck TKO 12 (12), 1:56 Dec 29, 2007   Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany Retained IBF cruiserweight title
21 Win 20–1   Krzysztof Włodarczyk MD 12 May 26, 2007   Spodek, Katowice, Poland Won IBF cruiserweight title
20 Loss 19–1   Krzysztof Włodarczyk SD 12 Nov 25, 2006   Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland For vacant IBF cruiserweight title
19 Win 19–0   Lloyd Bryan TKO 5 (10), 1:10 Jan 7, 2006   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Kelvin Davis UD 12 Sep 3, 2005   Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Guillermo Jones SD 10 Apr 2, 2005   DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Forrest Neal TKO 4 (8), 0:53 Oct 2, 2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Sebastiaan Rothmann MD 10 May 22, 2004   Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa
14 Win 14–0   Terry McGroom UD 8 Sep 20, 2003   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Demetrius Jenkins UD 8 Mar 29, 2003   Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Joseph Awinongya UD 8 Jul 27, 2002   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Caseny Truesdale PTS 4 Sep 29, 2001   Martinsville, Virginia, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Shawn Townsend TKO 3 Aug 30, 2001   Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Shawn Townsend TKO 6 Jul 26, 2001   Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   John Battle KO 1 Jun 28, 2001   The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Mike Williams TKO 6 May 24, 2001   The Plex, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Richard Perry KO 1 May 12, 2001   Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Jeff Bowman TKO 1 Apr 28, 2001   Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Kanovas Alexander KO 1 Apr 12, 2001   Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Nate Frazier KO 1 Mar 10, 2001   Virginia, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Robert Marsh PTS 4 Feb 17, 2001   Radisson Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Norman Jones SD 4 Oct 28, 2000   Jarrell's Boxing Gym, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mladinich, Robert (December 28, 2007) Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany. The Sweet Science
  2. ^ "Steve Cunningham - Next Fight, Fighter Bio, Stats & News".
  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!". Boxingnews24.com. July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
BJ Flores
U.S. Golden Gloves
light heavyweight champion

1998
Next:
Michael Simms
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Amir Mansour
USBA heavyweight champion
April 4, 2014 – March 14, 2015
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav Glazkov
World boxing titles
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