Steve “USS” Cunningham Looking to Become “Champ Again In 10”
By Ken Hissner (June 4, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Philadelphia’s former IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 22-2 (11), looks to recapture the title he lost in 2008 in defeating Canada’s Troy Ross, 23-1 (16), Saturday. This will be his first fight under new promoter Sauerland Event out of Germany. The bout will be his first trip back since defeating then European champion Marco Huck in December of 2007 in a title defense. Huck now holds the WBO version of the cruiserweight title.

“My sights are set on June 5th. I had a full camp back in February and March and I came to Germany very early to adjust to the time difference and pick up where we left off there. I expect Ross to bring his A game. I am going to bring mine,” said Cunningham.

“Steve is a helluva fighter and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Sauerland family. He is a true champion inside and outside the ring,” said Kalle Sauerland. They also promote Huck and IBF #4 contender Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez who fights out of Germany along with IBF #10 contender Alexander Frenkel. “We saw what he did to Marco Huck when he fought in Germany and we very much look forward to guiding him back to the top,” said Sauerland.

Ross is next in line in the ratings behind #1 ranked Cunningham and has won his last 11 fights. He won the “Contender” in 2009 scoring 3 knockouts in his 4 fights. Ross, a southpaw, has not come close to facing the type of competition Cunningham has but is a year older at 34. Born in Guyana, now residing in Toronto, Ross was the upset winner of the tournament. He is replacing Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey whose people blame Don King for postponing their bout with Cunningham. Fortunately for Cunningham his contract with King ran out.

“As far as I am concerned that is my belt. I am not thinking about anything else besides beating Ross and becoming two time world champion,” said Cunningham. Per his public relations man Gianluca “Rio” DeCaro, Cunningham will conduct an interview Thursday night on Steve Bunce’s BBC radio show (94.9 & DAB).

This will be Cunningham’s fourth trip to Europe while Ross has fought twice in the United Kingdom. Cunningham’s hope for a rematch with Tomasz Adamek never materialized which brought about the vacancy when the Pole out of Newark moved up to heavyweight last year. Cunningham has been working out at the Max Schmeling Gym in Berlin. The bout will be held at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Here in the states we are looking forward to Cunningham’s return as IBF cruiserweight champion to Philadelphia!

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