LAS VEGAS – Frank Mir calls Steve Cunningham “a fair more durable combat” 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 underneath the Triller Struggle 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 in the near past 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 special model, he doesn’t suppose it’s any extra helpful.
“The one factor that hasn’t modified, it was all the time going to be a problem,” Mir mentioned at Friday’s Triller Struggle Membership press convention. “It was going to be one thing I knew was going to deliver one of the best out of me. Tarver, and I’m not taking away from Cunningham’s boxing expertise, Tarver depends extra on being crafty, making an attempt to get factors for the judges, tying up, touchdown from distance. Their combat collectively Cunningham was making an attempt to make it a combat and Tarver slowed it down and made it very near eek out the break up determination, or the draw. Cunningham is a a lot more durable 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 one of the best form. So far as boxing IQ, Cunningham is healthier than I, however Tarver has much more.”
The opponent is likely to be totally different, however Mir mentioned his mentality towards his boxing debut hasn’t modified. He’s enthusiastic about seeing how his preventing expertise translate into the ring, and his primary 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 one of the tough ones. Clearly I used to be an expert in MMA I’ve expertise, however this can be 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 exhibiting and illustration of what blended martial arts are in a position to do in boxing, can be a victory.”