“If any one could get a tournament and get everyone together I would be impressed and happy to be a part of it,” said Cloud. “Maybe we do need to do a tournament like a Super Six or something like that for the light heavyweight division.”
Nicknamed “Thunder,” Cloud will focus, for now, on defeating Campillo, who won a majority decision over Shumenov in August of 2009 before losing their return bout by controversial split-decision in January of 2010.
“Come Feb. 18, I will have been in camp some four months, so I’m in great shape and I’m ready and willing to deal with all challenges. I’m going to come and put on a great show just like I always do. There ain’t going to be no ducking and dodging,” said Cloud, who was last in the ring for June’s eighth-round knockout of Yusaf Mack.
“I’m going to go straight to my opponent. I just hope my opponent is ready, which I believe he is. On Feb. 18, I’ll be there doing my thing…It’s always important to put a stamp on the fight, because I’m a person who just believes people respect knockouts more than they respect decisions. Those are the types of fights the fans like.”
CAMPILLO’S CAMP ENJOYS UNDERDOG STATUS
Campillo considers himself to be on a roll since falling to Shumenov, having gone 2-0-1, with two knockouts since then. His most recent fight was October’s draw with Karo Murat, to whom he had lost by majority decision in September of 2008.
“After that fight, I was obviously very disappointed. I just tried to find the positives and to know that I put on a pretty good fight for the viewers,” said Campillo of the loss to Shumenov. “After that fight, I never really stopped thinking that I wasn’t the real champion of the world. Never.”
Campillo is trained by Pablo Sarmiento and managed by Sampson Lewkowicz, men who hold similar positions with fellow southpaw Sergio Martinez.
“I’m preparing for everything with my coach and trainer, Pablo Sarmiento, to come up with a game plan to win this fight,” said Campillo.
“I’m going to show on the day of this fight how fast I am and how hard I have trained for this fight. No. 1 is better physical condition and then more speed and quickness and then intelligence and smarts.”
Lewkowicz, meanwhile, believes Campillo is being overlooked, much as he felt Martinez was before vanquishing both Williams and Pavlik.
“I really appreciate that no one believes in my boxer, and I think that everyone is underestimating my fighter. I will see you on Feb. 18th,” said Lewkowicz.
“It will not be the first time that one of my fighters will come out victorious when every one in the press says that my guy has no shot. Thank you very much.”
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