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February 21, 2013


Press Release: Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) will make his New York debut on Saturday afternoon, April 20th when he takes on former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5 with 12 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The fight is planned to be an IBF voluntary eliminator for that organization's #2 rating. The winner will become #2 [behind #1 Kubrat Pulev] in the IBF's line for a shot at multiple-organization heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will be broadcast at 4PM ET on NBC as a special two-hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night.

"Cunningham's got all the tools; a former World Champion, good fighter, he's got a lot of skill. I'm looking to put on a devastating performance; the best of my career to date." said Fury. "I'm absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden; it goes back in history and I can't wait to put my name with a long list of Champions who have fought there - I'm a historian of boxing myself so this is definitely the pinnacle of my career so far."

Mick Hennessy, Hennessy Sports CEO, said, "I'm very proud to say that Tyson Fury's American debut is taking place at Madison Square Garden, New York, this is a dream debut in the US for Tyson as this fight is also being shown live on network TV (NBC). It just doesn't get any better than this.
Steve Cunningham is ecstatic: "I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20th to face Fury. For the first time in my career, I have a guy coming to my country to face me. I am certain he's never faced a fighter like me." He added, "What an amazing opportunity to fight in historic Madison Square Garden and return to NBC again. I am prepared to fight a great fight and come out with a victory."
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, "Giving Steve the opportunity to fight on NBC again - in a bigger venue for another shot at the #2 position in the IBF - after his controversial decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in December is what Main Events and Fight Night are all about.' Duva added, "Steve put on a fantastic performance against Adamek and deserves to be rewarded with this fight. We also get to introduce Tyson Fury, a young heavyweight contender, to the American public in a true crossroads match."
Tickets will go on sale next week. Details to follow. The fight is promoted by Hennessy Sports and Main Events.

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