By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to knock out Steve Cuningham (25-6, 12 KOs) in round seven on Saturday in “The Theater” of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cunningham dropped Fury with a huge overhand right in round two. Fury was also deducted a point in round five for headbutting by referee Eddie Cotton, however Fury’s 44lb weight advantage began taking its toll. He began to outmuscle and break down Cunningham, finally floored him for the count with a right hand. Time was 2:55.
At the time of the knockout, Cunningham was up 57-55 on two judges’ cards. The third judge had it tied 56-56.
In the televised co-feature, local super middleweight Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision against Derrick Findley. Scores were 78-74 (twice) and 79-73. Stevens was knocked down in the seventh but it was later overruled as a slip. Findley, who performed much better than the scores indicated, is now 20-10 with 13 KOs.
Adam Kownacki stopped Calbert Lewis in the the second round of a scheduled four in a fight between two fleshy heavyweights. Time of the stoppage was 1:43. Kownacki, who had a group of vocal supporters cheering his every move is now 5-0 with 5 KO’s. Lewis is still winless at 0-3.
In a brief heavyweight encounter, Hughie Fury stopped Alex Rozman in one round. Fury (2-0, 2 KO’s) knocked down Rozman (1-1, 1 KO) three times: once on a right, later on the end of an uppercut and finally with another right before the referee called the bout off at the 2:26 mark.
In a lightweight fight, Karl Dargan kept his unbeaten record intact with a quick second round victory against Edward Valdez (12-10-2, 9 KO’s). Valdez elected not to come out for the third round due to a hand injury. Dargan, now 13-0 with 7 victories inside the distance, had won the first two rounds on all three judges scorecards.
In a surprising cruiserweight affair, Josh Harris (9-6-1, 6 KOs) stopped Sevdail Sherifi (9-2-2, 8 KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled six. Sherifi was knocked down in the fourth before being stopped at :19 of the fifth.