Superman Adonis Stevenson Stops Thunderless Cloud in Seven Round Whitewash
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Montreal, Quebec (September 29th, 2013)– “What’s up Quebec City! I love Canada!” said Adonis Stevenson after his big win over Tavoris Cloud. Stevenson, now 22-1, 19 knockouts, a Haitian southpaw now fighting out of Longueicil, Quebec, Canada, registered a seventh round stoppage of former IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud, 24-2, Tallahassee, Florida, to retain his World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title in the main event of a seven bout card at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on September 28, 2013.
Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson proved his World Boxing Council first round knockout over Chad Dawson was not a one trick pony. Stevenson used a southpaw right jab, and straight power shots to the head and body, cutting Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud over the right eye in seven sensational lopsided rounds. Cloud moved forward and slowly patiently attempted to cut off the ring. Cloud was on the canvas twice, once after swinging into the air, and another time when Stevenson pushed him down.
Stevenson seemed taller and more muscular, using superior side to side movement, darting in and out with his punches. Cloud approached but hardly moved, appearing an easy target. Cloud’s corner gave up because Cloud had not apparent change in game plan after losing the first seven rounds. Cloud landed a few counters, but for the most part looked frustrated as Stevenson taunted him while landing power shots with his hands down. His right eyebrow a mess, and his game plan a train wreck, Cloud’s corner gave up. Perhaps Cloud could have gone the distance, though it would not have been pleasant to watch.
The major question is when Stevenson is going to fight a challenger in a WBC world title fight who has actually won his previous bout. Chad Dawson lost to Andre Ward. Tavoris Cloud lost to Bernard Hopkins. Perhaps Stevenson could face the winner of the light heavyweight bout between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute at Bell Centre in January 2014. Another opponent could be rising Eleider Alvarez, who decisioned Edison Miranda on the undercard. Other possible opponents could be Tony Bellew of Liverpool, Andrzej Fonfara and Cedric Agnew, both from Chicago. BoxRec number one world ranked light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins seems bent on shrinking back to 160 pounds to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., probably a good promotion because the money is there and Floyd could go up in weight to make the bout happen at middleweight, where Floyd beat Oscar De La Hoya some years ago. Such a megafight would offer B-Hop a decent payday for once.
Stevenson and his Mohawk have suddenly become HBO feature attraction. Hopkins would only be a viable opponent if Bernard wanted the fight. Bernard has won at Bell Centre.
Result: Adonis Stevenson TKO 7 Tavoris Cloud (corner retirement)
Stevenson retains the World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title
Referee: Michael Griffin