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Press Release: 16th March 2009

Photo by: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Former IBF Champ, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, Praises Ola Afolabi's Knockout Victory

 

Former IBF Cruiserweight King Steve 'USS' Cunningham, who lost his crown by close split decision to Poland's Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek after their "fight of the year" nominated battle in December '08, praises Ola 'Kryptonite' Afolabi for his stunning ninth round knockout of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo 'Big Mac' Maccarinelli on the 14th March to take the vacant interim-WBO title.

'USS' Cunningham, who had offered to be Maccarinelli's opponent for this fight after Detroit's Johnathon Banks pulled out of the bout in February to face current cruiserweight top dog Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, was clearly impressed by Afolabi's win as he said. "What a great win for Ola, I wish him the best against Ramirez. Being a World Champion is something that every boxer aspires to do, but a very select few actually get that title. I was blessed to hold the IBF Cruiserweight title for two years and I'm going to get it back and then go after the other belts and prove that I am the best Cruiserweight in the world. I have my work cut out for me, but I am ready.

I'm sticking with my plan "Two time in '09"

The IBF World Cruiserweight Title eliminator bout between former IBF cruiserweight champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, and former WBC champion, Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite, will be held in St Louis, Missouri later this year. The winner earns the right to face current IBF Champion Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek later in 2009.

Promoter Don King is expected to announce the venue and the date for Cunningham Vs. Braithwaite in the near future.

 

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