Philadelphia Sports Day

Philly’s Cunningham Added To Triller Fight Club Card

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Triller Fight Club today announced that former IBF Titleholder and Philadephia native Steve Cunningham will replace Antonio Tarver on its April 17 event against MMA champion Frank Mir at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Triller Fight Club is a partnership between leading music and social media platform Triller and Snoop Dogg, and is spearheaded by visionary producer Ryan Kavanaugh.

Cunningham joins a card with Jake Paul taking on former Bellator and OneFC Championship champion Ben Askren in the main event, while super lightweight Regis Prograis (New Orleans), a former world champion and arguably one of the top two super lightweights in the world, takes on Ivan Redkach (Shostka, Ukraine); and Joe Fournier (London) challenges music icon and worldwide star Reykon (Envigado, Colombia).

The rest of the card will be announced shortly.

Cunningham (29-9-1), the former IBF titleholder, is one of the most durable and difficult veteran boxers today. He began his professional career in 2000 with a 19 fight winning streak before taking the IBF Cruiserweight title from Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2007. He regained the IBF Cruiserweight title with a fifth round stoppage on cuts of Troy Ross in 2010, and may be best known for a hard fought heavyweight loss to Tyson Fury in 2013, a fight which Fury called the toughest of his career.

Cunningham knows he’ll have a battle on his hands with Mir, even though the former UFC star doesn’t have the boxing experience.

“Him competing at a high level in UFC as a champion, that in itself makes him prepared for our fight, for April 17th,” Cunningham said at a press event on Friday. “That’s the warrior in him. He’s a warrior, period. That’s just the line there, warrior. Once you pass that line, you have champion. He’s a warrior and a champion.”

He gave a little insight into his preparation as well.

“You buckle down like that, and you go to the gym, you train, you train hard, and you push,” he added. “Even short notice, it’s just a few notches, adjustments here, adjustments there, and we’re ready.”

Mir, for his part, understands the challenge that facing Cunningham presents.

“Cunningham is a much tougher guy,” Mir admitted. “I’m not going to have as much of an advantage in age I thought I was going to have over Tarver. I knew that Tarver wasn’t probably going to be in the same kind of shape that I was, and because I knew that, when it comes to boxing IQ, Cunningham is greater than I am, but Tarver is even more so. I knew that I couldn’t be the smarter guy. For the first time in my career, I wasn’t the more technical fighter. It’s really inspired me to be in the gym pushing my physical prowess, knowing that, hey, I’m going to have to make this ugly.”

The entertainment lineup for the four-hour Pay Per View show will include performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer, and the exclusive world premiere of the hip hop supergroup Mt. Westmore (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40) performing for their first time ever together. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bert Marcus will lead and direct the creative storytelling for the Triller Fight Club event.

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