Fury lands dream US debut

TYSON Fury will make his American debut at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 20.

The undefeated Morecambe heavyweight will fight USA’s Steve Cunningham in an eliminator to determine the number two ranked contender for a world title.

The New York date will be the 6ft9in Fury’s toughest test yet.

His opponent, from Philadelphia, is a former two-time IBF World Cruiserweight Champion with a record of 25 wins, 5 losses and 12 KOs.

“Cunningham’s got all the tools; a former world champion, good fighter, he’s got a lot of skill,” said Fury (20-0, 14 KOs).

“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.”

If Fury wins, he will fight one final eliminator where victory would earn him a mandatory shot at IBF Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury-Cunningham will air at 4pm US time on NBC, the biggest television network in America.

Channel 5 will show the fight live in the UK.

The 36-year-old American lost his last fight, a close and controversial split decision to world-ranked Pole Tomasz Adamek in December.

Fury won his last bout, a wide 12-round points victory over Kevin Johnson.