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Fury to fight Cunningham in US

Tyson Fury has confirmed he will make his debut in the United States on April 20 against former cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham.

Fury could boost his hopes of a bout with WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko if he can get past Cunningham in an official IBF heavyweight voluntary eliminator fight for the number two position at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The 24-year-old would then be in contention to become the mandatory IBF challenger, although he is aware his American opponent will provide a stern test.

"Cunningham's got all the tools; a former world champion, good fighter, he's got a lot of skill. I'm looking to put on a devastating performance; the best of my career to date." Fury told www.hennessysports.com.

Fury has only once fought out of the United Kingdom and Ireland - when he defeated the little-known Zack Page by a decision over eight rounds in Quebec, Canada in 2010.

Two of his last three fights have taken place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, but he is relishing the chance to compete at the prestigious New York venue.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden," he added.

"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."

Fury will be looking to thrill the US audience and may have to do better than his uninspiring unanimous decision win over former world title challenger Kevin Johnson in his last outing in December.

A bout with British heavyweight rival David Price has been mooted for some time, although Fury signing to fight Cunningham means it will have to wait a little longer.

Cunningham, nicknamed USS Cunningham due to his time in the Navy, has been defeated in three of his last four fights, although he proved he is not finished as a boxer with a spirited performance in a split-decision loss against Poland's Tomasz Adamek.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20 to face Fury," the 36-year-old said.

"For the first time in my career I have a guy coming to my country to face me. I am certain he's never faced a fighter like me.

"I am prepared to fight a great fight and come out with a victory."