Adonis Stevenson to tangle with Brit challenger after cruising to title defence victory
Adonis Stevenson, from Montreal, and Tavoris Cloud, from Florida, battle during their Light heavyweight fight Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Published Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:50PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:06PM EDT
MONTREAL - Adonis Stevenson is already looking forward to his next WBC light heavyweight championship defence after easily handling Tavoris Cloud Saturday night at the Bell Centre, a battle he won after Cloud threw in the towel after the seventh round due to a cut over his eye.
It was the second WBC title defence for the 35-year-old Stevenson, a Montreal product enjoying a late-career resurgence and who has a record of 22-1.
Cloud’s trainer Al Bonnani asked referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight after the seventh round as the 31-year-old American was bleeding profusely over the eye and having trouble seeing.
Stevenson – who won his previous title defence by knocking out Chad Dawson with a single punch last June – had just completed two strong rounds against the 5’10” Cloud, which featured a wicked right cross to Cloud's left eye.
It was Cloud’s second consecutive loss after losing his IBF title to Bernard Hopkins in March.
Stevenson’s next fight is to be a mandatory defense against England's Tony Bellew.
"I'm not 5-foot-10 like Cloud and I'm not scared or intimidated by Adonis Stevenson," said the 6'3" Bellew. "I'll come with a game plan and execute it."
Stevenson will take the next week-and-a-half off and will also undergo a series of medical tests to ensure he did not suffer injury in Saturday’s bout.
His bout against Bellew could take place on November 30, possibly in Quebec City.
A win over Bellew would earn Stevenson a one-year reprieve without having to defend his title.
Yvon Michel, who handles Stevenson, did not deny that big-ticket challengers such as Carl Froch and Andre Ward could be part of future plans.
HBO has said it would broadcast Stevenson’s fights if he agrees to face Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1 , 20 KOs) - something that does not necessarily dovetail with Michel’s vision.
Alternately, a bout against Bernard Hopkins, who is associated with the Showtime Network, could also be in the cards, as could a rematch against Chad Dawson, assuming Dawson wins a few bouts first to regain his respectability.
On the undercard, former champion Jean Pascal stopped George Blades with three knockdowns in the fifth round in a light heavyweight fight. Pascal (28-2-1) used the fight as a tuneup bout for his scheduled match in January with fellow Montreal fighter Lucian Bute. Blades is 23-5-2.
"This does me an enormous amount of good," Pascal said after his first knockout since 2009. "I'm a guy with power but it had been a long time since I knocked anyone out. Now, I'll go into camp with more confidence."
In a matchup of Colombian light heavyweights, Eleider Alvarez unanimously outpointed Edison Miranda in a 10-round bout to improve to 13-0. Alvarez had winning scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 95-94.
-With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press