Steve Cunningham outboxed Amir Mansour in a great heavyweight battle, and Curtis Stevens scored a controversial stoppage of Tureano Johnson in an excellent co-feature on last night's NBC Sports Fight Night.
Off-TV Undercard Results
Notre Dame Subway TKO-6 Peter Lewison
Lee Campbell MD-8 Roberto Acevedo
Edner Cherry UD-8 Robert Osiobe
Sullivan Barrera UD-6 Larry Pryor
Evincii Dixon TKO-2 Edgard Torres
And here are some press release quotes from the fighters.
"With my God I can do anything! Faith is all I have. I was alright. I have been down before and got up and won. He wasn't built for the 'USS' Cunningham. I want to be heavyweight world champion. 'USS' Cunningham always finds a way."
"I can't complain. He was the better man; the tougher man. I got tired but he got tired too. I just kept stepping on the gas pedal because that is just the fighter in me. You got to be smart in the ring if you want to be successful and tonight he was smarter than me."
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO
"Jolene Mizzone and J Russell Peltz are the best matchmakers in the business, hands down. That was the bull and the matador. Steve, you get knocked down but you get back up baby!"
"I didn't set it up the way I was supposed to set it up. He was smothering me. He did what he was supposed to do. He came in here and smothered me."
"It is a privilege to be here. It was unfortunate that I didn't get the win. Curtis Stevens is a great fighter. The stoppage was an unfair one but I accept it. I worked hard and I won every round. I worked hard for this. I want a rematch immediately."
"Johnson, your stock just went way up. I would love to schedule a rematch for both these fights on HBO because these fights were unbelievable."
"This is boxing. I see you hurt and I am going to attack."
"I know we had a good fight but could not come away with the victory. Campbell is a very strong guy and the fighting was intense. Now back to the drawing board, concentrate and train for the next step coming back stronger. I hope to be back soon with the help of God."
"I feel good. I am very happy. 11 wins is good. It's perfect. I am so happy."