In case you didn't feel the ground tremor when he stepped off the
airplane, the UK's Tyson Fury is over here for an heavyweight clash
against Philly's Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden on April
At the press conference, Just Tall That's All Fury opined that he
could defeat not just Cunningham, but at once Cunningham and every
able-bodied Philadelphia man. He attempted to negotiate the imprinting
of his Twitter account on the soles of Cunningham's shoes.
Fury is the 5' 21" undefeated Traveler (means gypsy fighting man)
venturing outside the UK for only the second time. Despite a local and
barely-okay level of opposition, Ring Magazine has seen fit to edge
him up its rankings, currently to #9.
Cunningham 6' 3" is an all-round solid former cruiserweight champion,
and sailor, who's fought just twice at heavyweight, but performed very
well, though losing, against Tomasz Adamek Ring's #5.
I see it as another case of Fury taking maddeningly middling
competition. In other words he's taking guys he's somewhat
overqualified for, but nonetheless guys who are not pushovers. They're
not "tomato cans." I watched some online video of Cunningham, he's fit
and youthful-looking at 36, he's a big enough man and not any sort of
artificial heavyweight, but he's going to be at an immense height and
reach disadvantage. Fury's probably going to handle him like doing 48
minutes of arithmetic, and in the event Cunningham lands a little
something, Fury is shown well capable of husband-like hugging, in
which he'll sway like a king-size mattress on Cunningham's head and
shoulders, lolling around at referee-broken intervals, until he's got
his head back. I don't really see how Cunningham can beat this guy but
if he comes out to play, sure, stranger things have happened and
Cunningham is the master of his own fate.
Prediction: I see a fit and impatient Fury around round 5 or 6
realizing he's fairly safe and can have his way with Cunningham, going
for and achieving the knockout at round 7 or thereabout.
That SOB Van Owen