STEVE 'USS' CUNNINGHAM SIGNS
WITH SAUERLAND EVENT
PHILADELPHIA - Former cruiserweight champion of the world,
Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham announced today that he has signed a
promotional contract with German promoters SAUERLAND EVENT.
On making the announcement ‘USS’ Cunningham, whose eight
year promotional contract with Don King Promotions came to
an end on March 28th, said, "I’m excited about this new
chapter, I made the decision to go where I can continue to
fight in my weight class and make a good living at the same
time. Cruiserweight is a respected division in Europe and
everyone knows I'm a road warrior already, so I'll be
fighting overseas more now. I don't mind at all and I'm
looking forward to it, Germany has great boxing fans.”
‘USS’ Cunningham, who has made no secret that he loves
fighting in Europe following his successes there, continued
saying, “When I fought Huck back in 2007, Sauerland promoted
the fight, and they treated me very well, it was a great
experience, they were first class all around. I'm looking
forward to increasing my activity in the ring, I feel I am
in my prime and I am ready to show the world what I am
It was in Europe where ‘USS’ Cunningham enjoyed his
championship successes. Three years ago, on May 26, 2007,
Cunningham traveled to Katowice, Poland to battle with then
IBF cruiserweight champion Krysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk for
the second time. After twelve hard fought rounds ‘USS’
Cunningham was declared champion.
For his first defense on December 29, 2007, Cunningham again
sailed across the Atlantic, this time to Bielefeld in
Germany, to face Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck. A scintillating battle
of epic proportions, between the two best cruiserweights in
the world, ensued. With just one minute and four seconds of
the final round remaining ‘Kapt’n’ Huck’s challenge came to
an end after Huck’s corner threw in the towel to save their
man, who was reeling and defenseless following a storming
final assault that saw ‘USS’ Cunningham chasing Huck across
the ring while letting rip with a salvo of remarkably
accurate overhand rights.
Just over one year later, on December 11, 2008, Cunningham’s
reign as cruiserweight king came to an end after losing a
close split decision to Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek following
their ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated battle at the Prudential
Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In his only fight since losing to Adamek, ‘USS’ Cunningham
defeated former WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne ‘Big Truck’
Braithwaite in a IBF final title eliminator.
Following Adamek’s decision to move to the heavyweight
division ‘USS’ Cunningham was due to fight for the vacated
IBF title on March 26th of this year, but this was called
off following Godfrey's decision to withdraw.
‘USS’ Cunningham’s next opponent, for the vacant IBF world
cruiserweight title, will be Canada’s Troy Ross. The date
and venue for this highly anticipated match is expected to
be announced shortly.