Steve Ormain Cunningham is nicknamed as the “USS” Cunningham. This was coined because of his US Navy service in 1994 to 1998 on the USS America and USS Enterprise aircraft carriers. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 15, 1976, the 31-year-old American boxer practices the Orthodox stance.
Steve won the 178 lbs title in the National Golden Gloves in 1998 as an amateur. He turned professional in 2000. He won 19 straight fights including his win against Guillermo Jones by a split decision.
In 2006, Cunningham defeated Lloyd Bryan in the 5th round for the Zab Judah-Carlos Baldomir title at the Madison Square Garden. After the victory Steve was convinced that he was destined to hold the world Cruiserweight championship.
He challenged the former champion Krzyszt of Wlodarczyck for the IBF Cruiserweight Title. Steve lost the fight though by a split decision in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. The disagreement was done in the presence of Krzysztof’s fans. It was rather a highly controversial loss for Steve that an immediate decision for a rematch was decided. Steve challenged Wlodarczyck again in the summer of 2007. He was fighting in the home country of his opponent which made it more challenging for the challenger. But he finally won the IBF Cruiserweight Championship title after he was highly favored by a majority of the judges. Steve’s ownership to the belt improved his boxing record to 20-1 then.
By the end of the year, he traveled to Germany to challenge another local boxer, Marco Huck. He eventually defeated the 23-year-old Huck, a native of the former Yugoslavia but now lives in Deutschland.
Steve has a professional record of 25 fights with 23 wins and 2 losses. Twelve of his victories were knockouts.