Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (24-0,
19 KOs) took his last run yesterday morning in Big Bear Lake, Calif., prior
to departing for Brooklyn, N.Y., to make his fifth title defense on
March 9 at Barclays Center against future Hall of Famer Bernard "The
Executioner" Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs). (HBO, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Cloud is shown here in front of the beautiful Bear Mountain Ski Resort.
from Tallahassee, Fla., and his new trainer Abel Sanchez faced a number
of challenges at their high-altitude training camp perched in the
mountains east of Los Angeles. They braved a bitterly cold January
followed by heavy snowfall that Cloud noted "was beautiful."
brought on what Cloud said "was not a good time to be a black man in
Big Bear," when an intense California-wide manhunt lead police to
Cloud's scenic mountain oasis in search of former Los Angeles Police
Department cop Christoper Dorner--a fugitive with a $1 million bounty on
his head after being suspected of going on a killing spree--whose truck
was found in the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake.
got into a gunfight with the outlaw on Glass Road in the Big Bear area
before subsequently burning a cabin where he had holed up on Feb. 12.
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