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Steve Cunningham plans to appeal loss to Tyson Fury, citing illegal tactics

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Steve Cunningham says he has plans to appeal his April 20 loss to Tyson Fury, citing several illegal tactics, including a forearm to the face that set up the finishing right hand shot from Fury.

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On his Twitter account today, Steve "USS" Cunningham has been very vocal about his feelings regarding his KO loss to Tyson Fury this past Saturday, and noted that he does plan to appeal the loss with the New York State Athletic Commission.

Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO) is citing -- as many critics, pundits, fans, and people with eyes have done -- the illegal tactics used by Fury in the fight, in particular the left forearm to Cunningham's face that set up Fury's final blow, a big right hand that put Cunningham down for the count.

Though Cunningham, 36, was modest in the ring during his post-fight interview, he has apparently reviewed the tape and seen what many saw very clearly, and what Fury (21-0, 15 KO) did was without question illegal. So I do think Cunningham has a case here, but whether it's enough for the NYSAC to reverse a decision, declaring a no-contest, is another matter entirely. That could go either way.