Steve Cunningham vs. Troy Ross

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2010-06-05 : Steve Cunningham 193 lbs beat Troy Ross 193¾ lbs by TKO at 0:01 in round 5 of 12

  • IBF Cruiserweight Title (Vacant Title)
  • Time: 0:01


The first three rounds were even, with Ross power punch counter punching in response to the taller Cunningham's jabs. In the fourth, a straight left hand from Ross sent Cunningham to the canvas, who beat the count. Later in the round, Cunningham landed a counter right which sent his thumb into the right eye of Ross, badly cutting the left lower eyelid. The ringside physician determined Ross could not continue, stopping the bout. It appeared on replay the referee never saw the thumbing. Instead of ruling this bout a no-contest after four rounds due to an accidental foul, referee Bill Clancy ruled the cut eyelid was caused by a clean punch, and Cunningham regained the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title. The result of this bout, fought on neutral territory between Canadian Troy Ross and American Steve Cunningham (Ring magazine # 1) could be appealed to the German Boxing Commission. The bout showed the impact instant replay footage has if referees could officially use it. Steve Cunningham's sixth consecutive IBF bout.