THROWBACK: Steve Cunningham Knocks Down Tyson Fury With a Thunderous Punch

Published 04/14/2021, 4:00 PM EDT


Only a handful of boxers can boast to have floored the unbeaten Tyson Fury within the squared circle. In recent memory, Deontay Wilder tasted the glory when he knocked down ‘The Gypsy King’ in their original battle, which turned out to be a draw in 2018.

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However, back in 2013, Steve Cunningham was fortunate to have doomed Fury to canvas when they collided at Madison Square Garden in New York. Although Tyson Fury ended the night in his favor with a sensational KO, the scratchy knockdown can possibly haunt him to this day.

The American Steve Cunningham who retired in 2017 with a record of 29-9-1 might not be in the same tier as Tyson Fury. But he showcased his power and revealed a loophole in the Brit’s game. The 12-round main event fight between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham was intriguing from the first bell.

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Both the heavy-hitters landed flush in the beginning, and after crossing the first round, Cunningham rose to the occasion. The two were engaged in an intense exchange, and Fury was using his reach to maintain distance. But Cunningham connected with an overhand right hook and knocked him down.

For a moment, it seemed to be over for ‘The Gypsy King’, but he rose back to his feet and continued the show. As the fight advanced, Tyson Fury became the aggressor and troubled Steve Cunningham. In round seven, the English boxer ultimately capitalized and closed the show with a thunderous knockout.

Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham took different roads

After losing to Tyson Fury, ‘USS’ Cunningham appeared in the same year and won a unanimous decision against Manuel Quezada. He followed it up with two more wins and in 2014 and Steve Cunningham was once again back to track.

Unfortunately, in his next five fights, he won only one bout, lost three, and a suffered draw, before retiring from professional boxing. Now, he is coming back to action and will face former UFC veteran Frank Mir on April 17, in the undercard of Jake Paul vs Ben Askren.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

While Cunningham has entered this exhibition bout, his former foe, Tyson Fury, is now 30-0 and the WBC heavyweight champion. He is likely to face Anthony Joshua in a massive title unification clash ahead. So, Fury’s career has clearly taken a steady rise since facing Cunningham in 2013.

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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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