NEW YORK (May 29, 2012) - A light heavyweight world championship showdown-potentially the division’s best matchup in years between two young fighters in their prime-has been confirmed for Saturday, Aug. 11, at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada,when undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight championTavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., defends histitle against popular hometown favorite and former World Boxing Council (WBC)light heavyweight titleholderJean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME®.
The co-feature will match budding Canadian knockout artist Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal (Canada), againstan opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout.
Cloud is known as a no-nonsense power puncher, who comes right at his opponents with few frills. Pascal may not equal Cloud in work rate, but his footwork and explosive combinations make for a compelling matchup betweenferocious punchers. Both men will be coming in to not only win, but to make a statement as the best puncher in one of boxing’s glamor divisions.
The 5-foot-10, 30-year-old Cloud will be making the fifth defense of the then-vacant 175-pound title he won via 12-round unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on Aug. 28, 2009. The hard-hitting, 29-year-old successfully defended against Glen Johnson (unanimous decision, June 7, 2010), Fulgencio Zuniga (unanimous decision, Dec. 17, 2010) and Yusaf Mack (TKO 8, June 28, 2011) before winning a controversial split decision over Gabriel Campillo in February.
"This fight with Jean Pascal is a bout I’m looking forward to," said Cloud."It’s going to be what I call a ’Release the Kraken’ match. Everybody knows I come to fight. What I likeabout Pascal is that hedoesn’t fool around either. When I look for him, he will be there, and the same goes for me.
"Fans like to see leather thrown with bad intentions, and that’s what they are going to get in Montreal on August 11."
The 5-foot-10 ½-inch, 29-year-old Pascal is currently ranked No. 2 by" The Ring" and in the top 10 in three of the four major organizations. Since his first world title fight in 2009, Pascal has defeated Chad Dawson (via 11th-round technical decision in 2010), Adrian Diaconu twice and fought the legendary Bernard Hopkins to a thrilling draw in December 2010. In the second of back-to-back meetings with Hopkins last May, Pascal lost his title by a very close decision.
"First, I want to thank Tavoris Cloud for giving me the opportunity to fight for his IBF light heavyweight belt and to prove who I really am in the ring," said Pascal. "He has shown true class seeking out the best challenger in the division and for this he has my full respect. Ourstylesmake for the best,most explosive and spectacular fightpossiblein boxing. Having been away from the ring for morethan a year, I am hungrier and more determined than ever to get back on top. Don’t miss it August 11 in Montreal. I am going to get back on the thronefor good."
Throughout a career that began in August 2004, Cloud has been a road warrior. He’s fought only three times in his native Florida. Pascal, conversely, has had all but two of his fights in Canada.
Stevenson has notched 15 knockouts in 19 professional fights in his climb up the rankings. The Canadian southpaw super middleweight is currently No. 2 in IBF, No. 3 in WBC and No. 7 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
"I am so proud to be makingmy SHOWTIME debutfighting in this major event in Montreal," said Stevenson. "I am on a mission to destroy anybody that hasthe courage to get in the ring with me. I am not looking for any favors or compassion. My goal is to showthe world that I truly deserve to be on a major network fighting Carl Froch for his IBF belt. Watch me make a major statement August 11 on SHOWTIME."
Trained by the renowned Emmanuel Steward, Stevenson got a late start in the professional ranks with a 2006 debut at the age of 29. Now a six year pro, Stevenson has maintained his penchant for knockouts as he’s stepped up the class of competition. In his last five starts, against opponents with a combined record of 107-8, he has overwhelmed them all, winning four of five inside three rounds. The lone exception is a ninth-round KO of Aaron Pryor Jr.
In all, 12 of his 15 knockouts have come inside three rounds.
The 5-foot-11, 34-year-old Stevenson won a WBC Silver belt with a second-round TKO over Noe Gonzalez (27-1 going in) in his most recent outing last April 20 at Bell Centre.
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#1-look at clouds record. his first 20 fights were against no good bums with losing records. in his last fight he lost to campillo even though he got the nod. before that he was dead even with b level yusef mack. cloud barly beat old glen johnson and english woods. cloud won his so called title against a guy that was 19-6. he looks like a monster with an undefeated record doesnt he? #-2 look who pascal has been in the ring with. hopkins twice.froch.diacono. and other live guys with winning records. #3- where is the fight located? canada. will cloud get any hometown nods like he has in the past? no. #4 look at the styles. pascal made it close with hopkins and froch. he was never hurt which says alot. cloud has power. he knocked the spainish guy down a couple times in the beginning of the fight but couldnt adjust and let campillo come back and get points. are you guys going to pick cloud because he looks mean and has an undeafeated record? I taught you guys better then that.lol. pascal wins and calls out his friend froch!
Hard to argue with Deeps assessment,.. Pascal is a little more slippery these days and fights very unconventionally.(but the chin is still less than average) I'm glad the fight got made. ...finally champs (or former champs) vs champs. Cloud maybe outhustled in this one. His grim Doomsday visage is looking a little softer these days since Campillo....... and Once the aura of invicibility is gone the competition gets inspired, they come in at 110%. They believe they can win.
However my prediction average is pretty decent these days so I'm going to vote with my heart on this one and pick Cloud.
Why in the hell would I do that? Because I believe the dour austere punching machine from the Dirty South will be feed the tricky Frenchman a serving of hot grits all night long. I think Cloud learned something from his come-to-Jesus-meeting with Campillo and will adapt just enough to keep the heat on Pascal in way he's never experienced before. The real question is,.. who's the hungriest??? Pascal took 4-6 month to finally decide to fight the newly minted light Heavy champ.