Reigning WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) stopped challenger Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-2, 19 KOs) in round seven at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
The bout was shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Stevenson, a southpaw, highlighted his power in the opening stanza. A number of heavy left hands crashed off the chin of Cloud. One of the punches caused Cloud to blink furiously.
Cloud, 31, tried to establish his jab, but Stevenson outworked him. He used the ring and measured his opponent. In round three, Stevenson, 36, landed a big uppercut. A check hook also landed. Cloud, 31, looked surprised. The last thing he expected was to be outboxed by the heavy-handed champion.
Stevenson was told by his corner to be more aggressive in round four. He did as ordered, stinging Cloud with a cracking right hand. Cloud landed a shot to body. Stevenson retuned the favor.
Blood was trickling from Cloud’s left eye.
Cloud ate some more left hands in round five, but landed a good right to the chin of Stevenson. By the end if the round he looked hopeful.
Stevenson cracked him with combinations in round six. On this writers scorecard, Stevenson had won every round. Cloud needed some luck in round seven, but Stevenson would have none of it. A big left staggered Cloud. The challenger bounced off the ropes. Both his eyes were now bleeding. Stevenson pummeled him some more. At the end of the round, after a short consultation, Cloud’s corner informed referee Michael Griffin that the bout was over.
“I used basic boxing,” said Stevenson in the ring after the fight. “In four months, I beat two great champions."
Stevenson captured the light heavyweight title by scoring a first round knockout over Chad Dawson three months ago.
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