Adonis Stevenson TKO 8 Tavoris Cloud: I’m going to go with the “NOW” fighter in this one, although I think Tavoris Cloud has the tools to make it a good fight. This is the year of the puncher, and Adonis Stevenson is definitely a puncher — a huge puncher.
I was bothered but what I perceived was a lack of passion by Cloud against Hopkins, didn’t see him really going for the gusto. Stevenson just became a champ in spectacular fashion.
I think Stevenson is hungry and passionate about his work. He’ll have trouble for awhile with Cloud but then his power will separate the two, and Stevenson will stop Tavoris.
Record: 13-7 [Mayweather UD 12 Alvarez]
Adonis Stevenson KO 6 Tavoris Cloud: Nice for the fans. Both, I think, are flawed. Not much finesse in this one. Adonis Stevenson gets win via mid-round stoppage against Tavoris Cloud as the two get frisky. Stevenson by knockout in six.
Record: 9-9 [Alvarez W 12 Mayweather]
Adonis Stevenson TKO 11 Tavoris Cloud: Adonis Stevenson demolished Chad Dawson in his last fight. Tavoris Cloud was easily out-boxed by Bernard “I refuse to get old” Hopkins a few months ago.
Stevenson has momentum and confidence on his side. He also has a powerful left hand. Cloud can crack too. His plan will be to keep Stevenson in the trenches and test his chin.
It will be interesting to see what happens when he lands a hard punch. This bout could be a war for a few rounds. Eventually, the more versatile Stevenson will get to Cloud and stop him in the late rounds.
Record: 3-3 [Mayweather W 12 Alvarez]
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Adonis Stevenson KO 6 Tavoris Cloud: I believe that Tavoris Cloud is going to have to try to out-box Adonis Stevenson, but that Stevenson is going to cut off the ring to the point where Cloud is going to get tired.
Stevenson’s going to land a good right hand and knock him out. I think that Cloud has got a good chin, but that he’s going to feel Stevenson’s power and think think twice about staying inside.
The only thing Cloud’s going to be able to do at that point is to run. Cloud’s not really a boxer, but you might see something new, because once he feel’s Stevenson’s power, it’s going to be a different story.
Adonis Stevenson W 12 Tavoris Cloud: After Tavoris Cloud’s non-performance against Bernard Hopkins, it’s hard for me to expect any better from him here.
Yes, he’s a hard puncher, but he’s not a smart boxer, and to best someone like Adonis Stevenson, you probably have to be a little of both.
Cloud has a good chin, so I’d be surprised if he’s stopped. But let’s say Stevenson does way too much down the stretch to win a decision for his first successful title defense.
Record: 14-7 [Mayweather W 12 Alvarez]
Tavoris Cloud KO Adonis Stevenson: This is a fascinating match. Tavoris Cloud has looked befuddled his last two outings, but both came against masterful boxers.
Cloud’s chin has always been good, and Adonis Stevenson will test it again. But Cloud will test Stevenson’s chin as well. It’s been dented before. The Chad Dawson win was great, but he’s got a different man to deal with here, and one with much to prove.
I like Cloud’s shorter shots and infighting over the crackling power of Stevenson. It’s no shock if this goes the other way. Classic puncher’s duel.
Record: 14-7 [Mayweather UD 12 Alvarez]
Adonis Stevenson UD 12 Tavoris Cloud: I see Adonis Stevenson-Tavoris Cloud as an evenly matched war between two strong, but limited boxers. In the end, I think Stevenson wins a war of attrition. Stevenson by unanimous decision.
Record: 10-6 [Mayweather UD 12 Alvarez]
Adonis Stevenson KO 10 Tavoris Cloud: This will be a very exciting fight, for how long it lasts. Adonis Stevenson is a great puncher, and Tavoris Cloud carries some clout, too. This doesn’t go the distance.
Adonis Stevenson W 12 Tavoris Cloud: Tavoris Cloud is probably one of the few guys in the world at that weight who can stand up to Adonis Stevenson. It has the makings of a shoot-out for a while, and, most likely, that’s what this is going to be.
I wouldn’t pick many guys to straight up out-bang Cloud, but Stevenson is one of them. His power will probably win out in the end, and that will have to be my unofficial pick.
But at the same time, if Cloud came out and whopped Stevenson first, and got him in trouble, that wouldn’t surprise me at all. My last dollar, though, goes to Stevenson on a 12 round decision.
Record: 13-5 [Mayweather W 12 Alvarez]
Adonis Stevenson KO 8 Tavoris Cloud: I have Adonis Stevenson by knockout in Round 8. I think Stevenson’s the fresher of the two, he’s more resourceful and intelligent as well.
Tavoris Cloud is a tough out for anyone, but his low punch output won’t suffice. I think he’ll have trouble getting respect from Stevenson and will eventually be overwhelmed.
Record: 8-4 [Mayweather W 12 Alvarez]
Adonis Stevenson SD 12 Tavoris Cloud: I am not sold on Adonis Stevenson as a complete fighter, however I do believe he is one of the best pound for pound punchers in the sport. We will find out if Tavorris Cloud has as good a chin as he has shown thus far.
The fact that the fight is in Montreal definitely will make it difficult for Cloud to win without dominating the fight, but I think he takes Stevenson’s power and can win this fight by KO.
Remember, Stevenson has been knocked out by a journeyman middleweight and does not have a great chin. With that said, I believe Stevenson stays out of harms way and wins a close fight with his work-rate and good right hand being his keys to victory.
Record: 6-4 [Alvarez KO 7 Mayweather]
Adonis Stevenson KO5 Tavoris Cloud: Both fighters are going to go on the offensive from the opening bell. Neither is a defensive wiz. These two will meet fire with fire. Tavoris Cloud has said in the build up, if he has to, he’ll box. But he is also happy to punch with Adonis Stevenson.
Though Cloud is the more natural 175-pounder with a more proven set of whiskers, Stevenson is on fire at the moment, and though I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cloud catch “Superman,” I tentatively say Stevenson will land first and become the first man to stop Cloud.
Record: 6-5 [Mayweather W 12 Alvarez]
By the landslide margin of 18-1, the experts see RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson retaining his crowns, handing the second straight loss to former titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
[Note: Martinez-Burgos was a draw, meaning all who selected otherwise received a loss]
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