By Arvin Nundloll
Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) delivered a crowd thrilling performance against Steve Cunningham (25-6, 12 KOs) with his American heavyweight debut this past Saturday at the Theater in MSG. Fury promised entertainment and excitement in the pre-match buildup and didn’t disappoint.
After the fight, Fury had the following to say:
“It was a gun sling again, something similar to the Neven Pajkic fight, not a good boxing display but I showed heart and excitement on national television in America and I showed everything that you need to do win.”
Asked about the controversial knockdown:
“Controversial? He couldn’t get back up never mind anything else.”
Fury also commented on his debut in America.
“It’s been lovely, the American people showed me a great reception, they got behind me and I’d love to box here again.”
When questioned by FightNews about whom he would like to take on next, Fury gave little away:
“Whoever the Americans want me to fight next, whoever is next! Wladimir Klitschko!” “I’d like to fight over here again. I had a great reception here but if I get my world title shot I’d go wherever it is I’ll have to go and do it.”
In closing, Fury said:
“If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!”
Cunningham felt as though Fury got away with a lot more than the referee had seen. Cunningham stated:
“He’s a good fighter, as I said before but his size is his advantage.”
“I saw the highlights and there’s a lot of elbows and he held me up before he punched me. That’s illegal, no buts.”
“He got up off the canvas and used his size to lean on me. The ref saw the things that he was doing and that was his major tactics.”
“I come to fight, I put my heart out. I wanted to prove to the world that I could win and I wanted to put the best foot forward.”
“If you look at the tape and see so many fouls, the shoulders and elbows, he said he couldn’t outbox me. He knew he couldn’t outbox me. He knew he couldn’t beat me like that.”
Cunningham’s trainer – Nazim Richardson – felt as though it was illegal but accepted that it’s a part of the game.
“I come from the streets. I respect that you do what you’ve got to do sometimes to win. He did what he had to do to win. It’s for someone else to say, ‘Hey, that’s not right.’ That ain’t for him. If (anyone) put me on my (ass), I’m going to get up and fight like a wild maniac too, (I’d) do whatever I’ve got to do to win.”
Tyson Fury can now look forward to bigger fights, in America against a top ranked opponent or a fight closer to home in an eliminator against Kubrat Pulev. As long as Fury puts on an exciting performance and keeps up his singing (Fury decided to sing during his post-fight conference and wasn’t actually that bad) he’s destined to do bigger things in America.
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