LAS VEGAS – Frank Mir calls Steve Cunningham “an excellent harder struggle” than Antonio Tarver for his skilled boxing debut subsequent month.
Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, will enterprise into the boxing world when he takes on Cunningham below the Triller Combat Membership banner on April 17 in Atlanta. The cardboard airs on pay-per-view from Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The matchup with Cunningham got here collectively only recently after Mir’s initially scheduled opponent Tarver was pressured to withdraw. Mir mentioned he thought he was going to have his fingers full initially, and though the brand new opponent brings a unique model, he doesn’t suppose it’s any extra helpful.
“The one factor that hasn’t modified, it was at all times going to be a problem,” Mir mentioned at Friday’s Triller Combat Membership press convention. “It was going to be one thing I knew was going to deliver the perfect out of me. Tarver, and I’m not taking away from Cunningham’s boxing abilities, Tarver depends extra on being crafty, attempting to get factors for the judges, tying up, touchdown from distance. Their struggle collectively Cunningham was attempting to make it a struggle and Tarver slowed it down and made it very near eek out the break up resolution, or the draw. Cunningham is a a lot harder man.
“I’m not going to have that benefit in age that I believed I used to be going to have over Tarver. I knew Tarver most likely wasn’t going to come back in the perfect form. So far as boxing IQ, Cunningham is best than I, however Tarver has much more.”
The opponent is likely to be completely different, however Mir mentioned his mentality towards his boxing debut hasn’t modified. He’s enthusiastic about seeing how his combating abilities translate into the ring, and his important precedence is to supply account of himself and the game he most represents.
“I’m making my debut within the boxing self-discipline and I’m going through somebody who’s a former champ,” Mir mentioned. “So far as debuts go for guys going into boxing, that is most likely probably the most tough ones. Clearly I used to be knowledgeable in MMA I’ve expertise, however it is a new animal all collectively, so going on the market and clearly being victorious is phenomenal, however going on the market and being proficient and having displaying and illustration of what combined martial arts are in a position to do in boxing, can be a victory.”