Adonis Stevenson dominated Tavoris Cloud before Cloud’s corner stopped the fight after the seventh round Saturday night in Montreal.
Stevenson (22-1, 19 knockouts) had a superb night, thoroughly outboxing Cloud (24-2, 19 KOs) from beginning to end but also cutting him above both eyes and hurting him to both the head and body on several occasions.
THE RING champion, fighting before his hometown fans, even found time to clown in the ring, an indication of how easy the fight was for him.
Cloud, who lost to Bernard Hopkins in his previous fight, had similar problems with Stevenson: He couldn’t figure out how to hit a better athlete who continually moved his feet.
The only thing the Floridian accomplished was that he remained on his feet against a big puncher. On this night, though, Stevenson didn’t need that power to dominate his opponent.
In the final round, Cloud was bleeding badly from the cuts and clearly discouraged. He simply had no clue how to cope with a better fighter, which is why his corner stopped the fight.
Stevenson, who retained both his RING and WBC 175-pound titles, now has consecutive victories against top-tier opponents. He stopped Chad Dawson in one round in June.
Cloud has three consecutive shaky performances. Before the Hopkins and Stevenson fights, he struggled to defeat Gabriel Campillo by a split decision.
A full report will follow shortly.