This has all the portents for being the fight of the year.
The tall rangy Fury against the smaller but very experienced Cunningham is going to be one of the boxing events of 2013.
The major disadvantage for Cunningham going into this fight is that he is by far the smaller fighter and has spent most of his fighting life in the cruiserweight division where he won, lost and regained the cruiserweight title.
In his last fight against Thomas Adamek I thought Cunningham was robbed of victory by the judges.
It was a close call but Cunningham was definitely the better fighter in my eyes and that loss against Adamek has muddied the waters where the betting odds are concerned. Cunningham is a massive 24/5 at Pinnacle Sports to win this fight.
In the opposing corner we have the Irish export Tyson Fury.
Fury has the reach and height advantage over Cunningham but he lacks experience and that is what his handlers are hoping to gain by fighting Cunningham.
In his last fight Fury overcame the ageing Kevin Johnson whose sole aim was to get through the rounds without being knocked out. To be fair to Fury he put on a more mature performance in that fight and started to look like a heavyweight contender.
As per the David Price fight, I don’t see this all going Fury’s way. For a start Cunningham has never been knocked out. He is a very durable fighter who has come through several of boxing’s bloodiest bouts most notably against Paul Briggs in 2005 and whatever happens Fury will not be dispatching Cunningham in short fashion.
Fury sidestepped David Price for this fight and once again I am taking the long odds on Cunningham to win.
With home advantage - the fight is at Madison Square Gardens, a victory over Tomas Adamek back in December (even though the judges didn’t see it that way) and the experience to fight a long hard battle I think Cunningham has a good chance of beating Fury and it is worth taking the odds up at Pinnacle for Fury to be on the sharp end of a boxing lesson.