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TRUE GRIT
USS Cunningham Weathers a Hardcore Tsunami

Steve Cunningham was on the floor. His shoulders were against the bottom strand of the ropes. His head was hanging back, and he was looking up at the ceiling of the Liacouras Center – assuming his eyes were even open. His body was limp. He was finished, and so was his career. Even his most ardent supporters were crying for the fight to be stopped. “Don’t let him get hurt,” they said to themselves. But referee Steve Smoger couldn’t hear their shocked whispers. At that moment, Steve Cunningham’s worst case scenario had come into play. All the many pre-fight perceptions appeared to be true. Amir Mansour was for real. He was too big and too dangerous for Cunningham to handle... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CUNNINGHAM: "I'M NOT FINISHED"

When Steve Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, takes on Amir Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, Friday night at the Liacouras Center in North Philly, the stakes for the former two-time cruiserweight champ won’t just be Mansour’s USBA heavyweight title, an IBF world ranking, and the bragging rights to the biggest Philly fight in years. No, Cunningham will also be fighting for his future as a professional boxer. 

Most observers believe that the nationally televised fight is a must-win for the 37 year old fighter, and that a loss – especially by knockout – would end his... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

MANSOUR: "I REALLY DON'T THINK HE CAN LAST WITH ME"

The legend of Amir "Hardcore" Mansour will either be written or unraveled Friday night when he takes on Steve Cunningham in a 10-round heavyweight fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Depending on who you ask, the enigmatic power puncher is either a combination of Sonny Liston and Mike Tyson, or an over-hyped, unproven, 230-pound commodity. The answer is still up for grabs, and Friday's fight should help to settle the debate, one way or another.

Mansour and Cunningham clash before a live North Philly ringside audience in the nationally televised main event on NBC Sports Network... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOOK TO IMPRESS ON BIG PHILLY SHOW

Before Steve Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, and Amir Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, square off in the biggest in-Philly fight in years, a full slate of undercard boxers will have already done their best to impress the North Philadelphia crowd at the Liacouras Center on Friday, April 4th. It will be the job of these undercard fighters to warm up the crowd and to fill time before the national TV broadcast begins around 10PM. Opening a fight card before an audience that hasn't completely... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

MORE PHOTOS FROM CHESTER

Joey Eye Boxing returned to Harrah's Chester on Friday, March 21st with an entertaining five-bout card. The main event was a 10-round USBA feather-weight championship fight between West Philly's Eric "Outlaw" Hunter Eric and Miami-based Dominican Yenifel Vicente. Hunter won the fight and brought home his first-ever professional title belt. Miguel Cartagena scored a knockout in the 8-round co-feature. Osnel Charles beat Victor Vasquez by narrow decision in a rugged battle. Pedro Martinez pulled the upset of the night by taking a 6-round decision over Tony Ferrante. Photographer Ray Bailey provided these additional shots. (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

HUNTER WINS USBA TITLE

Eric "Outlaw" Hunter battled his way through ten tough rounds Friday night against Miami-based Dominican Yenifel Vicente at Harrah's in Chester, PA. Not only was Hunter fighting for the vacant USBA featherweight crown, he was battling to finally put his career on track toward the success that had been predicted for him since turning professional in 2005. Hunter won the fight with a unanimous points victory that was comfortable on the scorecards, but much tougher in the ring. After all, Hunter was not only battling Yenifel Vicente, he was also fighting himself.  (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

CUNNINGHAM HOLDS OPEN WORKOUT FOR MEDIA

With a little more than two weeks remaining before his 10-round nationally televised main event with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, held an open media workout today at the Rock Ministries Gym in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. 

Cunningham and Mansour will clash at North Philly’s Liacouras Center on Friday, April 4th, in a fight for Mansour’s USBA title that will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
 
 
   

HUNTER LOOKS
TO SHAKE HIS
BLACK CLOUD

To Philadelphia boxing fans, Eric "Outlaw" Hunter is without question one of the most talented boxers currently on the scene. As an amateur, he was outstanding. He won numerous tournaments, became an Olympic alternate, and amassed an astounding record of 187-4. Coming out of the amateurs, everyone believed that it was just a matter of time before Hunter became a world champion. 

However, with a 17-3, 9 KOs, record, and after nine years in the professional ranks, many would say that the West Philadelphian has yet to live up to his potential. Some predict that he never will... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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