Tyson Fury to face Cunningham in 'voluntary' IBF eliminator for their number two slot

Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs), will make his New York debut on Saturday afternoon, April 20th when he takes on former cruiserweight champion Steve 'USS' Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
This fight is 'an official IBF heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position' [Come again? - Ed.] between number nine Fury and number 12, Cunningham.

The winner will become number two and must meet the number one [currently Kubrat Pulev] or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko.
The fight will be broadcast at 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night.
"Cunningham's got all the tools; a former world champion, good fighter, he's got a lot of skill," said Fury. "I'm looking to put on a devastating performance; the best of my career to date.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden; it goes back in history and I can't wait to put my name with a long list of champions who have fought there - I'm a historian of boxing myself so this is definitely the pinnacle of my career so far.”
Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy said, "I'm very proud to say that Tyson Fury's American debut is taking place at Madison Square Garden, New York, this is a dream debut in the US for Tyson as this fight is also being shown live on network TV (NBC). It just doesn't get any better than this."
Cunningham said: “I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20th to face Fury. For the first time in my career I have a guy coming to my country to face me. I am certain he’s never faced a fighter like me.
“What an amazing opportunity to fight in historic Madison Square Garden and return to NBC again. I am prepared to fight a great fight and come out with a victory.”
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said: “Giving Steve the opportunity to fight on NBC again - in a bigger venue for another shot at the number two position in the IBF - after his controversial decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in December is what Main Events and Fight Night are all about.
“Steve put on a fantastic performance against Adamek and deserves to be rewarded with this fight. We also get to introduce Tyson Fury, a young heavyweight contender, to the American public in a true crossroads match.”


Derry Mathews

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Fight Reports

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