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Fury promises 'devastating' US debut against Cunningham

ESPN staff
February 20, 2013
Tyson Fury is happy to take his career Stateside © PA Photos

Tyson Fury will have the chance to impress the key American market following confirmation of his fight with Steve Cunningham in New York in April.

Fury has been steadily making a name for himself domestically, but said recently he wanted to break America in a bid to put himself in with a chance of a world title shot.

Cunningham is the man his camp have settled on, with the fight to take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 20.

The fight is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the No. 2 position. The winner will then face the No. 1 contender to champion Wladimir Klitschko, which means Fury is effectively two fights away from a title shot.

Fury is a wary of the challenge ahead, as he said: "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.

"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."

Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy 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."

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