Feeble UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is happy to mild be facing a distinguished opponent in his professional boxing debut.
Mir’s original opponent, 52-year-archaic Antonio Tarver, was pressured out when the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission did not grant him a license to compete. Instead, Mir, 41, will take on Steve Cunningham underneath the Triller Combat Membership on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
When Tarver withdrew, Mir admits he was skittish he’d wind up facing an unestablished name. He’s ultimately glad it’s Cunningham.
“I didn’t want some tomato can to make a choice up caught in there to where it diminishes your victory,” Mir informed MMA Junkie Radio. “You’re treasure, ‘Properly, yeah, unnecessary to say you beat that guy who’s some journeyman boxer, who’s 18-30 and he gets paid 1,500 dollars to near in and basically take a beating to pad other americans’s records.’
“So when I saw that Cunningham was clearly not that, somebody that it made me nervous to watch him factual combat. I was treasure, ‘Oh, there’s the guy.’ That’s what I want in my opponent. I want somebody that, when I behold at you, you scare me. Otherwise, it makes training hard.”
Cunningham, 44, is a conventional IBF cruiserweight champion with a career document of 29-9-1. He hasn’t fouguth since an August 2017 unanimous decision loss to Andrew Tabiti on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard.
Though Mir claims that Cunningham is a tougher test, he mild hopes his matchup with a couple of-time boxing champion Tarver can pick up rebooked, as he looks to continue embarking on this fresh chapter of his career.
“I think Tarver has one hell of a name. Hell, he’s a film star, really recognizable,” Mir said. “I think it’ll be a crafty combat, and I’m very interested in doing it. So maybe we can enact it in Florida, that way I may perhaps combat around a few of my family from my father’s facet and a few of the Cubans, and I’ve never gotten to combat in Florida, so it’s always been on the bucket record anyways, and I think their commission doesn’t have that statue or that regulation where a 50-year-archaic fighter has to have fought so many instances in the last 5 or 10 years, whatever it was exactly that was holding Tarver up.”