Boxer Steve Cunningham and MMA fighter Frank Mir went a full six rounds in a boxing match and the boxer unsurprisingly received by choice.
The unorthodox April 17 Triller Struggle Membership struggle card between Jake Paul and Ben Askren included a boxer vs. MMA fighter bout as former IBF boxing champion Steve Cunningham and former UFC heavyweight Frank Mir boxed for six rounds.
The 276-pound Mir appeared big in comparison with Cunningham. You possibly can inform he was 70 kilos heavier than Cunningham, who was 206 kilos. Mir got here out swinging in spherical 1 and confirmed some nice cardio early. Cunningham didn’t panic and tried to counter punch.
There was a whole lot of holding in spherical 2, however Cunningham’s hand pace confirmed up. He continued to counter however winced after he collided heads with Mir. Mir appeared drained however saved punching.
The motion slowed in spherical 3. Cunningham was content material peppering jabs whereas staying on the surface. He picked issues up within the final minute and began to focus on Mir’s physique which appeared softer than his finest MMA days.
Steve Cunningham was the higher boxer, however Frank Mir held his personal in opposition to a former champion.
Cunningham began to modify to southpaw in spherical 4 to match Mir’s southpaw stance. He didn’t keep there lengthy and went again to boxing from the orthodox stance on the surface. Nothing significant landed, however the power degree was equal between Mir and Cunningham.
Mir almost tackled Cunningham to open spherical 5. They had been damaged up shortly, and Cunningham continued to evade Mir. Mir did get inside Cunnigham a couple of occasions however didn’t do a lot from there. Cunningham stopped Mir’s ahead motion with a proper cross that damage. He missed the second and didn’t comply with it up. Nonetheless, Mir confirmed weak point, and Cunningham took over.
Within the ultimate spherical, Mir confirmed some urgency. He swung for the fences and disregarded Cunningham’s punching energy. Mir stunned along with his power, and Cunningham let the spherical slip by. Each males made it to the ultimate bell.
The judges returned two scores of 60-54 and one in every of 58-56, all for Cunningham. It was an anti-climactic struggle, however Mir didn’t look misplaced in opposition to Cunningham. It was a aggressive bout that noticed the veteran boxer come out on high.