Tyson Fury Shows Grit, KOs Steve Cunningham

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Today, heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO), showed heart and grit, knocking out a well-prepared Steve Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO) at the famed Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA. Fury vs Cunningham knockout video highlights below.

Fury vs Cunningham was Tyson's U.S. debut and he didn't disappoint - in more ways than one.

In an entertaining, fast-paced bout, Tyson Fury, who was knocked down by a massive overhand right in Round 2, recovered well and battled back to knockout Steve Cunningham in the seventh.

Aggressive and confident, Fury won the opening stanza by dictating the tempo and being more effective. At the round's conclusion, Fury began yelling at Cunningham, even shoving his foe several seconds after the round ended.

Fury started Round 2 even more aggressive, showing little respect for Cunningham's power. And then, moments after Fury's verbal outburst, Steve unleashed a hard overhand right that sent Fury crashing to the canvas.

Fury vs Cunningham Video highlights Round 2

Hurt but seemingly lucid, a shaky Fury rose to beat the count - and stopped talking.

Cunningham used his speed and movement to win Rounds 3 and 4 but little-by-little Fury was getting stronger.

And despite being wobbled in the fourth, Fury had a strong 5th Round and appeared to pick up the tempo after having a point deducted for holding early in the round.

Cunningham appeared a bit shaken after Round 5.

In Round 6, Fury's size came to the fore. The pressuring Fury continued to use his 6 inch, 44lb weight advantage to bully a tiring Cunningham, even leaning on his foe.

Steve tried to keep off Fury but his efforts were to no avail. Wary of Cunningham's speed, Fury was now more conservative in his punch selection and well-guarded. Moreover, Cunningham was tiring fast.

It became obvious Cunningham needed to a) get his second wind very soon or b)  land another hayemaker to keep the onrushing big man off.

In Round 7, Fury, sensing a withering Cunningham, continued to walk-down his opponent before getting Cunningham against the ropes and landing a brutal right hand that dropped a badly-hurt Cunningham who failed to beat the count. Time was 2:55.

Had Cunningham survived another 5 seconds and made it out of the round, its not likely he would have made it the full 12 rounds.

"Cunningham put up a good fight but he lost to the better fighter on the night," said a self-assured Fury.

He added, "I got caught with a big swinging right hand. When you don't see them coming, you go down. But you get back up."


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