Alex Luces reporting: England’s Tyson Fury makes his U.S. debut against Steve "USS" Cunningham this Saturday at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. There was also talk by Main Events promoter Kathy Duva that the winner will get a chance at Kubrat Pulev--with the winner of that fight getting the mandatory title shot against Wladimir Klitschko.
However, Cunningham made it clear that his focus was only on Fury.
"I haven’t even thought about that. For the past 2 ½ months, it’s been Tyson Fury on my mind," Cunningham said.
Fury, who was more animated than usual, gave his prediction of the fight in a very colorful manner.
"Training camp went well, so I’m not going to bore anyone with that," Fury said "Instead, what I am going to do is I’m going to just say what’s going to happen in the fight, ’Fury come out jabbing. Cunningham’s running around the ring and then BOOM? Spark out! Game over.’" Fury said, as he mockingly punched the microphone with his massive right hand.
Cunningham barely even looked at Fury during the press conference, saving his anger during a venomous stare down with Fury. Cunningham also never fed into Fury’s antics.
"That’s his thing," Cunningham said. "It’s irritating. It’s annoying. You see me, I put my music on. I’m here to fight."
Cunningham’s trainer, Nazim Richardson, hopes the media will not take any credit away from Cunningham.
"I just beg that you do not de-fang and de-claw this young man (Fury)," Richardson said. "Fury is younger, he’s bigger, he’s taller, he’s stronger, all of these attributes ... after the fight I don’t want people to start saying things like, ’he wasn’t real, he wasn’t this, he hadn’t done anything, he was a fraud.’ I don’t want to hear these things afterward."
One thing everyone agreed upon was the fact that the camps are closed and the time for talking is over. This Saturday afternoon, at 1:15 p.m., at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, one fighter will move closer toward his goal of being heavyweight champion, and the other will be left to pick up the pieces of his career.