Frank Mir Survives Steve Cunningham but Loses Via Unanimous Decision on the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Undercard

Published 04/17/2021, 11:50 PM EDT


Ben Askren is not the only MMA fighter making his professional boxing debut tonight on the Triller fight card. Former UFC fighter and veteran Frank Mir also made his professional boxing debut tonight as he took on Steve Cunningham in a six-round fight. 

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Cunningham was a professional boxer and had fought the likes of Tyson Fury among other talented fighters over the course of his career as a boxer. Therefore, there was good reason to believe that the fight would be a one-sided bout in favor of ‘USS’. Many predicted a first or second-round knockout for ‘USS’. However, that was not the case tonight. 

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Frank Mir puts on a valiant display on his professional boxing debut against Steve Cunningham 

The fight started off well for Cunningham. He was able to land early and often and caught Mir a few times. However, Mir did an excellent job of absorbing the shots. The former UFC champion marched forward and applied pressure. 

In the second round, Mir came back a lot stronger and was able to land a few good shots of his own, especially towards the end of the round. Rounds three and four were a lot closer than many would have expected. Throwing power shots early on in the fight meant that both fighters were winded. Hence, they clinched a lot more as the bout progressed. 

In the battle of the 40-year-old heavyweights, ‘USS’ banked on his vast experience in the ring as a professional boxer to get the job done and secure a win over debutant Frank Mir. 

Despite being the busier fighter and surviving an onslaught of punches from Cunningham, Mir could not secure a win tonight as he had a lower success rate on all parameters on the stats.

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Over the course of the fight, ‘USS’ landed 67 of 219 total punches, 25 of 119 jabs, and 42 of 100 power punches. Meanwhile, Mir landed 62 of 218 total punches, an underwhelming 3/60 jabs, and 59 of 158 power punches. He did not land a single body shot.

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What did you make of Frank Mir’s performance tonight? Did you expect him to go the distance against Steve Cunningham? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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