Cunningham hopes for eventual Klitschko fight
- Updated: March 4, 2015
Former cruiserweight titlist Steve Cunningham is set to return to the ring on March 14, when he takes on Vyacheslav Glazkov on the undercard of the light heavyweight title bout between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal.
Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) has won three straight since a 2013 KO loss to Tyson Fury, and is hoping that a win against Glazkov could lead him to another title opportunity.
“The stakes for this fight are the ultimate stakes. This is the fight to get to the heavyweight title. This is that fight that gets you there,” said Cunningham during a media workout this week. “Every fight I have had has been the most important fight of my career but this fight is on the stage for that #1 spot. This is to get to the champion. This is the biggest fight of my career. This is the biggest fight of a lot of peoples’ careers. I want to capitalize on it. I want to make the best of it. I want to get in there and do what I am supposed to do. I want to get in there and do what I know I can do. I don’t want to be concerned with Glazkov himself I am just focusing on me. This is the upper echelon stakes.”
A two-time cruiserweight titlist, Cunningham has had mixed results at heavyweight, but is coming into the fight with a cruiserweight mentality.
“I am looking at this fight like it is a cruiserweight fight. Naazim [Richardson] and I had good work. We got in good sparring with good guys that we have worked with before,” added Stevenson. “We have been putting in good work and we are ready for anything. He could come in at 250 [pounds] if he wants or 210 [pounds] and we are ready to go.”
Should he win, Cunningham would love to get a crack against heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko.
“I would love to fight Wladimir because when you are a champion and you are at that level the challenges are what drive you. It is not just money and this and that. A champion wants to put himself up against the best. He wants to see how he fairs against the best. Wladimir Klitschko is the best right now. I would love to challenge him. I have been to camp with Wladimir twice. He and I have a good relationship. We talk all the time. We’ve got the same lawyer. I totally respect him.”