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02 OCTOBER 2014

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The Fury of Tyson Prevails


Fury stops Cunningham on US debut
Fury stops Cunningham on US debut

Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Tyson Fury scored a questionable knockout over Steve USS Cunningham in the seventh round at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on a show co-promoted by Main Events and Hennessey Sports, questionable because the right that landed on the American’s jaw occurred as Fury appeared to be holding and hitting .

 

Fury was down from a right in round two and seemed to lose poise and confidence but came on as the rounds went by, finally landing the knockout at 2:55 of the seventh frame.

 

Most of the action appeared to be inside with an awkward Fury being outboxed by Cunningham. True to his showmanship, Fury danced between rounds, slapped Cunningham’s gloves extra hard after the ref’s instructions, shoved Philadelphia’s Cunningham, 25-6 (12 KOs), after round one, and even sang after the fight; a promoter’s dream.

 

Fury, 21-0 (15 KOs), was big but awkward. He did not use his longer arms to jab and box to set up power shots. He mostly winged his punches, with lead rights and awkward left hooks. Fury will have a problem when he faces some of the bigger men in the heavyweight ratings. What is good about Fury is his ability to sell tickets. All his bragging brings in the fans. I asked the big guy after the fight if all that big talk added any pressure to win. When you brag the way the Brit did leading up to the fight you better not lose.

 

“I almost did you know,” said Fury. “What can I do, but the big guy always wins, I’m stronger, bigger, better. He was a good man, a former two time Cruiserweight Champion.” He added, “There is no shame in losing a fight.”

 

The story of the fight was Fury, from Manchester, putting all his weight on the smaller man. The 6’9” Fury outweighed the smaller man, the 6’3” Cunningham, by some 44 pounds, 254 to 210. Referee Eddie Cotton deducted a point from Fury in the fifth stanza for using his head while they worked inside.

 

Curtis Stevens, 159, Brooklyn, NY, 24-3 (17 KOs), had Derrick Findley, 161, Chicago, IL, 20-10 (13 KOs), in trouble in the first of eight rounds, but , as Stevens said as he left the ring, Findley had a tight defense. They struggled inside for most of the eight rounds, but it was Stevens who would step back and fire an effective combination. In the fourth they exchanged quick power shot along the ropes as the round ended. Stevens hit the deck in the seventh frame but it was ruled a slip. This was a fight between two powerhouses. Both have the big punch and heavy frames. It is like taking a heavyweight and shrinking him down to 5’7”. They exchanged big shots and took turns being in control. Stevens would cover up every time Findley backed him to the ropes. It may have avoided being hit, but he also would stop punching.

 

 


After the fight Findley protested vehemently that he won, and said he wants a rematch, but that never happens for him.  No one, he claimed, wants a second fight with him.  The Judges scored it for Stevens; 78-74 twice and 79-73.  Eddie Claudio refereed.

 

Tyson Fury’s Cousin, Hughie Fury, 239, Manchester, UK, 2-0 (2 KOs), a former World Super-heavyweight Junior Amateur champion,  and Alex Rozman, 244, Minneapolis, MN, 1-1 (1 KO), traded punches until a chopping right by Fury decked the muscular Rozman.  Up and a little shaky, Rozman tried to fight back but walked into a right uppercut that again deposited him on the canvas.  The end came at 2:26 of the opening frame from one more right that dropped Rozman for the third time in the round. Rozman went down two other times that looked like knockdowns but were ruled to be slips by referee Danny Schiavone.

 

Prospect Karl Dargan, 135, Philadelphia, PA, 13-0 (7 KOs), had too much speed and a fine left jab that the wild swinging  Edward Valdez, 140, Queens, NY, 12-10-2 (9 KOs), could not figure out.  Dargan used a faint that set up his combinations as he dominated the fight with accurate punching.  Valdez missed most of his wild punches.  After the second frame Valdez complained of an injured right hand so the doctors ended the fight between rounds.  Fields refereed.

 

Adam Kownacki, 263, Brooklyn, NY, 5-0 (5 KOs), was almost as awkward as opponent Calbert Lewis, 231, Kingstown, Jamaica,  0-3,  as they traded with the bigger Polish fighter finally catching Lewis on the ropes with a barrage of punches that prompted referee David Fields to end it at 1:43 of round two.

 

Josh Harris, 199, Youngstown, OH, 9-6-1 (7 KOs), did little punching for the first three rounds but made up for it in the fourth frame landing a hard left hook that had Sevdail Sherifi, 196, Albania, 9-2-2 (8 KOs), in deep trouble.  Harris followed up throwing bombs that never gave Sherifi a chance to recover.  Finally a powerful right put the Albanian into the ropes for a knockdown.  Only 19 seconds of the next round passed by when another right again hurt Sherifi which was enough for referee Schiavone to step in.     

 

***PUNCHLINES***

 

**BROTHER NAZIM**

 

Cunningham’s highly respected trainer, Brother Nazim Richardson said. “In the corner I told him to stay with the game plan.  (After scoring the second round knockdown) I said why are you surprised, I told you I watched the tapes.”

 

He knew the tactics that Tyson would employ, “So the question was, could Steve sustain with Tyson laying on him.  Don’t get me wrong,” he added, referring to Fury’s rough tactics. ”I come from the streets, he did what he had to do, it’s up to someone else to say, ‘hey that’s not right.’



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