Boxer Steve Cunningham and MMA fighter Frank Mir went a full six rounds in a boxing match and the boxer unsurprisingly won by decision.
The unorthodox April 17 Triller Fight Club fight card between Jake Paul and Ben Askren included a boxer vs. MMA fighter bout as former IBF boxing champion Steve Cunningham and former UFC heavyweight Frank Mir boxed for six rounds.
The 276-pound Mir looked huge compared to Cunningham. You could tell he was 70 pounds heavier than Cunningham, who was 206 pounds. Mir came out swinging in round 1 and showed some great cardio early. Cunningham didn’t panic and tried to counter punch.
There was a lot of holding in round 2, but Cunningham’s hand speed showed up. He continued to counter but winced after he collided heads with Mir. Mir looked tired but kept punching.
The action slowed in round 3. Cunningham was content peppering jabs while staying on the outside. He picked things up in the last minute and started to target Mir’s body which looked softer than his best MMA days.
Steve Cunningham was the better boxer, but Frank Mir held his own against a former champion.
Cunningham started to switch to southpaw in round 4 to match Mir’s southpaw stance. He didn’t stay there long and went back to boxing from the orthodox stance on the outside. Nothing meaningful landed, but the energy level was equal between Mir and Cunningham.
Mir nearly tackled Cunningham to open round 5. They were broken up quickly, and Cunningham continued to evade Mir. Mir did get inside of Cunnigham a few times but didn’t do much from there. Cunningham stopped Mir’s forward movement with a right cross that hurt. He missed the moment and didn’t follow it up. Still, Mir showed weakness, and Cunningham took over.
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In the final round, Mir showed some urgency. He swung for the fences and disregarded Cunningham’s punching power. Mir surprised with his energy, and Cunningham let the round slip by. Both men made it to the final bell.
The judges returned two scores of 60-54 and one of 58-56, all for Cunningham. It was an anti-climactic fight, but Mir didn’t look out of place against Cunningham. It was a competitive bout that saw the veteran boxer come out on top.