Adonis Stevenson vs. Tavoris Cloud set for September 28th; Bellew faces winner
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Tony Bellew will be sitting by waiting to find out the winner of the September 28th fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) and former IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KO’s) at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
The winner of this fight will have to face Bellew rather than look for a more interesting bout, as Bellew is the mandatory challenger, and he’s next in line to face the winner.
Contracts for the Cloud-Stevenson fight are signed, and the only thing that needs to happen now is for them to go through their training camps without suffering injuries, and then meet up next month on September 28th in Canada.
The knockout artist Stevenson said to RingTV “I can adapt to any style. If he wants to come forward, I don’t have a problem with that. You saw [Chad] Dawson come forward, and you saw what happened. If Tavoris Cloud comes forward, I don’t have any problems.”
Cloud, 31, will no doubt be coming forward all night long looking to slug it out with Stevenson, because that’s the only way that Cloud knows how to fight. He doesn’t have a reserve gear, so if he’s going to win this fight, it’s going to have to be by beating Stevenson at his own game by slugging it out with him.
Stevenson can really punch, and I’m not so sure that Cloud is going to be able to handle his big power shots for 12 rounds without hitting the canvas for the 10 count.
Bellew is really up against it no matter which of these fighters emerge victorious. Bellew doesn’t have the talent. Speed, power or defense to compete with either one, and he’s not going to beat them by smothering them for 12 rounds to keep them from punching like he did with his last opponent Isaac Chilemba.