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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.
Cunningham in 2010
|Real name||Steven Ormain Cunningham|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Reach||82 in (208 cm)|
|Born||July 15, 1976|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Wins by KO||13|
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.
Cunningham started boxing at the age of 19, and won the National Golden Gloves 178 lb (81 kg) title in 1998 as an amateur.
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. In an interview with Joe Rogan, Fury claimed Cunningham was the toughest opponent of his career.
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.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|39 fights||29 wins||9 losses|
|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.|
- Mladinich, Robert (December 28, 2007) Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany. The Sweet Science
- "Steve Cunningham - Next Fight, Fighter Bio, Stats & News".
- 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
- Steve Cunningham profile at Premier Boxing Champions
|Amateur boxing titles|
| U.S. Golden Gloves
light heavyweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
| USBA heavyweight champion
April 4, 2014 – March 14, 2015
|World boxing titles|
| 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