Tyson Fury started cocky, talking trash loudly, telling Steve Cunningham he "had nothing," and then shoving him after the first round. But in the second, the 24-year-old got a reality check, when Cunningham floored him on a massive overhand right. After that, the talking was over, and the fight was on.
In what would up a very entertaining and interesting battle, Fury eventually used his size and weight to wear down Cunningham, before knocking him out in the seventh round on a right hand that was set up in part by a shove with the left forearm.
Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO) noted the forearm, but didn't complain about it after the fight, saying, "He did what a big man's supposed to do to a little man."
Fury (21-0, 15 KO) gave Cunningham some respect after the fight, saying, "Cunningham put up a good fight but he lost to the better fighter on the night," and encouraging the crowd to cheer for the fight.
About the knockdown in the second, Fury remarked, "I got caught with a big swinging right hand. When you don't see them coming, you go down. But you get back up."
After the bout, Fury sang in the ring, to the delight or horror of boxing fans around the world, depending on what you think of Tyson Fury. Whatever you think, he showed some resolve today, and though his skills may have been exposed a good bit by Cunningham, he did his job and came out the winner. And a fight like this might be a benefit for him in the long run, though one wonders how he'll deal with someone like a Wladimir Klitschko, someone his own size that he can't lean on and wear down, whose right hands are a lot bigger than Steve Cunningham's.
On the undercard, Curtis Stevens improved to 24-3 (17) with a decision win over Derrick Findley (20-10, 13 KO). Scores were 78-74 twice, and 79-73.