The super bantamweight prospect will return to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, for the first time as a professional boxer on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Ambassador. Cunningham will battle Diuhl Olguin (15-23-3, 10 KOs), as a part of a Midwest Connect card promoted by Showout Boxing Promotions and DC3 Promotions.

After suffering his second loss in his latest fight to Angel Antonio Contreras in Phoenix, Arizona, Cunningham is determined to make a major comeback and bring a substantial amount of people to the crowds.

“I had a setback in my last fight, and I must get my career back on track and put on an amazing performance for my fans back home in St. Louis,” said Cunningham reflecting on his startling loss that occurred when he fought while sick. “With the help of my people, it’s going to work in my favor. That loss just added more fuel to the fire.”

Midwest Connect is an event hosted in St. Louis, where boxers from the region fight and showcase their talented skills in a professional boxing match. Cunningham will fight in the main event.

Doors will open at 4:00 PM with the first bell scheduled to ring at 5:00 PM. The event is almost sold out, guaranteeing a crowd in Cunnigham’s hometown. Some tickets are still available through EventBrite.

Darren “The Gift” Cunnigham throwing a right hook to the body of his opponent.

During his interview with DELUX, Cunningham talks about the importance of having the right people in your corner when trying to win. Since adding new trainer Rafael Ramos, he has had many victories and plans to add more wins under his belt.

“I am continuing to work with Rafael Ramos and build on the great relationship we have,” said Cunningham. “I am proud of the journey and how far I have come not only as a professional but as a person as well.”

Cunningham believes character is an important factor to succeed in life and talks about how his life growing up in St. Louis contributed to his success.

“My family was my greatest support system, having both parents and grandparents. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I’m grateful that I had my village to raise me,” said Cunningham. “I went to Gateway Elementary and Middle School, and Clyde C. Miller for High School that helped to lay my foundation. I’m also very grateful to the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club in my neighborhood that provided a space for me to grow prior to starting my boxing career.”

When asked how he plans to give back to his city, Cunningham grinned and promised a great show on Saturday.

“I’m going to continue to put on great performances and bring big things to not only my city, but all around the world. I plan to make a difference by bringing people together, and continuing to give back.”

Where would you like to see yourself in five years? “World Champion,” said Cunningham.

Tiffany Byndom