Cruiserweight World Champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, who has been receiving high levels of negative commentary from the Canadian media, as well as from Ross supporters, following the fifth round stoppage decision that saw him become the IBF World Champion for the second time, today issued an official statement regarding the circumstances that lead to the fight with Troy Ross being stopped by the ringside doctor.
Speaking from his home in Philadelphia, PA, Cunningham said, “First and foremost, our prayers go out to Ross regarding his injury, I have heard that he needed a surgery, and pray for a complete recovery to his eye. Regarding the fight, we feel great about the win, it was the goal to be champ again in ’10, and here we are! I have watched the fight and I feel strongly that I was controlling the fight, Ross was backing up the entire time. The punch that caused the cut was a clean shot, the ref declared so in the ring and even following the fight after seeing the replay. Unfortunately, these things happen in boxing, it is part of the sport. My plan for the near future is to rest up a little and meet with my team about what is next.”