UFC Legend Frank Mir Details His Training for His Boxing Debut Against Steve Cunningham

Published 04/13/2021, 3:15 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 28: (R-L) Frank Mir knees Roy Nelson during their heavyweight fight at UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir is looking to make a switch in his career as he prepares to make his boxing debut. Mir will fight Steve Cunningham on April 17th on the undercard of Ben Askren vs Jake Paul. The UFC legend was initially slated to fight Antonio Tarver. However, that fight fell through.

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Mir has been a lifelong athlete and a legendary MMA fighter. However, boxing requires different kinds of skills and attributes. So, Mir is preparing accordingly ahead of his fight.

Yes. Yeah, cuz originally was to be 10 rounds. And that’s when I was fighting a 52-year-old fighter that wasn’t known for coming in great shape, but he himself sometimes, because how smart Tarver is, makes the same mistakes I made when I was younger,” said Mir in a recent interview with SCMP MMA.

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They’re like, well, I’m smarter guy. I don’t need to be in the same about shape. Not that we say those things. But when you know you’re better than somebody it kind of makes you lazy, you know?

“And so I felt the Tarver, I had that edge. So I really worked cardio for this fight in general, knowing that it was going to be a weapon that I could use,” he added.

And then when I found that it was Cunninghum, I realized, well, it’s not a weapon I can use in this fight, because he’s in great shape himself.

“But thank God, I’m in good shape, because this fight wouldn’t last two or three rounds if I wasn’t,” Mir added further.

Frank Mir vs Steve Cunningham: An early breakdown

The contest against Mir will be Cunningham’s 40th professional boxing bout. His record stands at 29-9-1. However, the only fighter to ever finish him is none other than ‘The Gypsy King‘ Tyson Fury. He has immense experience under his belt as a boxer. So, Mir will be in for a tough test.

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Mir is a legend of combat sports. His accolades are highly respected by MMA fanatics. It will be interesting to see how the 42-year-old fares in his new venture. Nevertheless, fans will be in for a unique experience in a history-making night on April 17th.

What did you make of Frank Mir’s revelations about his training? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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