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Adonis Stevenson vs Tavoris Cloud: Fight preview

Bellew expects Stevenson to retain his title in Montreal. (©GettyImages)
Bellew expects Stevenson to retain his title in Montreal. (©GettyImages).

Hard hitting WBC light heavyweight Champion Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson is set to defend his title against former IBF champion Tavoris 'Thunder' Cloud this Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Stevenson shocked the world in June when he won his title with a stunning first round KO of 'Bad' Chad Dawson.

It was a fight that most experts only gave Stevenson a punchers chance of winning but one punch was all that was needed on the night as the Canadian southpaw power-puncher landed a huge left hand to the head of Dawson leaving the American unable to continue after just one minute of the first round.

His challenger this Saturday night will be Tavoris Cloud, a former light heavyweight champion in his own right who held the IBF title from August 2009 when he beat Sheffield's Clinton Woods via a unanimous decision for the then vacant title.

That was until March this year when he was rather easily outpointed by the legendary Bernard 'B-Hop' Hopkins.

The fight between Stevenson and Cloud promises to be a good dust up and it's a fight I don't see going the distance whichever way it goes. Both men have huge power in both hands and they are both capable of beating each other with one good punch. 

Cloud is probably the more polished boxer of the two but I believe Stevenson holds the advantage in power.

I believe this is a really hard fight to call and one man who will be watching on with keen interest from ringside will be Liverpool's Tony Bellew who it is believed will get a shot at the winner as he is now the no.1 contender for the WBC strap.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bellew had this to say when asked about the bout: "It's an exciting fight.

"Cloud is coming off a poor performance against Bernard Hopkins, he was dreadful that night, and he wasn't much better against Gabriel Campillo (who Cloud won a split decision against before the Hopkins fight).

"Stevenson is coming off a career-best performance, a shock knockout against the best light-heavyweight in the world in Chad Dawson.

"So going in, one guy has an awful lot to prove and the other has a lot to maintain, to prove that it wasn't a fluke.

"I personally think Stevenson will win, maybe between rounds four and six. Cloud likes to start slow, but if he does that the fight's over before it begins.

"I'll be looking to see what both guys bring to the table, but I've only seen Cloud live so I need to make the trip and go there and sample the atmosphere.

"It's not something I had to do but it's something I chose to do and it's something that is going to be highly beneficial."

I have to say I agree with Bellew that Cloud must not start slowly because if he does Stevenson's power will more than likely wipe him out early.

I really do recommend this match to anyone who likes to watch a good fight between two men who will not take a backward step. Both men have a lot of confidence in their power and rightly so.

The match between Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris Cloud can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 from 2am on Sunday morning.

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