Frank Mir Understands He’s at a Major Disadvantage Against Tyson Fury’s Former Opponent Steve Cunningham

Published 03/27/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has all the accolades under his belt to pose himself as a supreme threat for his adversaries. However, he may not relish the same in his upcoming boxing bout against 2x champion Steve Cunningham.

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That said, Frank Mir hasn’t written off his chances of bagging the win. Although he has hailed Cunningham to be a superior boxer, the ex-UFC stalwart has also revealed his in-ring game plan.

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Speaking at the press conference, Mir said, “I knew that when it comes to boxing IQ, Cunningham is greater than I am. But Tarver is even more, so I knew that I couldn’t be the smarter guy for the first time in my career. I wasn’t the more technical fighter. So, it really inspired me to be in the gym, pushing my physical prowess, knowing that ‘hey, I am gonna have to make this ugly, I am gonna have to crowd them.”

While both the men share similar height (as per Box Rec), Frank Mir believes he will have a size advantage over Steve Cunningham. The MMA elite pointed at the same to preview his debut in the squared circle.

Mir added, “I am gonna have to beat them up and keep up the conditioning that my size is an advantage because I can keep using it if it becomes something where I get tired. Well, now my size becomes a disadvantage.”

Frank Mir vs Steve Cunningham- More depth to the fight

Hailing from two different sports communities, Mir vs Cunningham will be another boxing-MMA crossover of recent times. While both men will test themselves against each other for the first time, Mir claims to have known Cunningham long back, seemingly understanding the kind of challenge he will face.

“When I found out it was Cunningham, I had known who he was from the Tyson Fury fight. But then I started looking at his other bouts, I realized this is even a tougher fight,” said the MMA veteran.

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Another crossover in Jake Paul vs Ben Askren will follow the Cunningham vs Mir bout. Hence, as the days pass, fans can gear up to get entertained by a stacked fight card from Triller.

Do you think Frank Mir will have a successful debut in boxing?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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