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13 NOVEMBER 2018

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Cunningham KO's Visinia In Six

By Marc Livitz: Steve "USS" Cunningham stood up to Natu Visinia and slowly fought his way to a seventh round stoppage win in a heavyweight fight at the 2003 Arena in Philadelphia this evening. The 73 pound weight advantage for the previously unbeaten Visinia appeared drastic at first, yet the former MMA fighter, football player and wrestler couldn’t keep up with the former two-time cruiserweight champion and was unable to answer the bell for round seven.


Natu followed Steve around the ring for a while after the opening bell sounded. Cunningham utilized his rapid fire left jab to keep his opponent a few steps away from him. He appeared to know better than to attempt to match power with the former football player and wrestler and he connected with a few head shots to close the first. Steve indicated before the contest that he continues to fight with a heavy heart while his nine year old daughter, Kennedy hopefully awaits a heart transplant.


Visinia walked through multiple shots from Cunningham many times in the second and he was tagged with a number of jabs as well. As previously shown, Steve used the ring and tried his best to get Natu to come to him, just not too close. The high jabs from the Philly combatant continued into round three. His California adversary was content to absorb jab after jab and he seemed accustomed to the head blows from his days on the football gridiron. His neck appeared larger than Cunningham’s thighs. In the fourth, Visinia began to show signs of fatigue at times as he walked into a few shots from "USS" Cunningham. He never bounced. Rather, he was walking and stalking as well as leaning more and more forward. He swung hard a few times but he couldn’t connect.


The two fought in close quarters to open round five. A bit more than a minute passed before Cunningham was sent to the canvas via a hard shot to the shoulder. The sheer force from the former multi sport athlete was enough to score a knockdown. Steve popped Natu with a hard right with thirty seconds to spare in the period. Nevertheless, his opponent had definitely gained his full attention in what was Visinia’s best round thus far in the bout.


Cunningham was content to grind away at Visinia as he slowly pushed his giant foe closer towards unchartered territory. Round six was as far as Natu has traveled in his ten fight professional career. With less than ninety seconds until the bell, Steve used his ever working right jab to set up a clean left hook which backed the visibly dazed Natu back. Visinia tasted multiple head shots and even went so far as drop his hands to briefly stare at Cunningham, who returned the favor with another shot to an unprotected head. He walked into more head shots from Steve, who himself was quick enough to evade any return fire. A hard right from down low connected straight into Natu’s chin. The blow would have dropped some other fighter, but not Natu Visinia as the round ended.


Round six would remain the furthest reached for Natu Visinia after the ringside doctor examined the Lakeside, California fighter’s head and face. There would be no round seven as Steve Cunningham improved to four wins and two losses as a heavyweight (losses to Tomasz Adamek and Tyson Fury). The victory improved his record to (28-6, 13 KO’s), while Natu Visinia left the ring cut and bruised and with his first loss as a professional, which was largely due to the near 150 punch disadvantage he gave up to Cunningham. His record now stands at (10-1, 8 KO’s).


Co-Main Event - "Cherry KO’s Osumanu in Second Round"


In the evening’s co main event, Edner Cherry scored a second round TKO win over Osumanu Akaba in a lightweight contest. The opening round was quite uneventful, as both men threw little to no jabs in perhaps in an attempt for one to assess the other. A handful of flurries opened the second before a period of relative calm set in. This all changed at the midpoint of the round when a quick left hook from Cherry caught Akaba on the side of his head. The Ghanaian fighter beat the count and rose to his feet only to find himself on the receiving end of a quick onslaught from his Bahamian opponent.


"Cherry Bomb" Edner went straight at Osumanu and drove him into the ropes. A few missed shots set up another left to the head which sent Akaba down for the second time in less than a minute. Although he regained his footing as before, the third trip to the canvas was ultimately the charm for Edner Cherry, who loaded up on heavy shot after shot upstairs and down until he sent his foe stumbling and then falling backward into a corner. Referee Shawn Clark immediately waved the contest to a halt with 45 seconds left in round two. Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry waited a little over five minutes to score a knockout win tonight over Osumanu "Golden Boy" Akaba and pushed his record to (33-6-2, 18 KO’s). Aakaba suffered his second stoppage loss in as many bouts and fell to (31-7-1, 20 KO’s).


Undercard Results

DeCarlo Perez TKO 5 Tyrone Brunson – Middleweights

Victor Vasquez UD 6 Gerald Smith - Light Welterweight

Darryl Gause UD 4 Ryan Bivins - Light Heavyweights (Pro Debut for Each)

Robert Sweeney UD 4 Roberto Lopez – Middleweights

Anthony Prescott UD 4 Anthony Abbruzzese - Light Middleweights


October 19, 2014

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