Woods vs. Cloud: Is this the end for Clinton if he loses?
By Steven Wain: On August 28th, 37 year old Clinton Woods (42-4-24 KO’s) will fight American Tavoris Cloud (19-0-18 KO’s) for the vacant IBF light heavyweight championship. This would be the third time Woods has fought in the United States. The first time Woods fought in the States was when he challenged American legend Roy Jones JR for the:
* World Boxing Federation light heavyweight;
* WBC light heavyweight;
* IBF light heavyweight;
* WBA Super World light heavyweight;
* IBO International Boxing Organisation light heavyweight;
* International Boxing Association light heavyweight and the
* NBA Light Heavyweight titles.
With Woods losing the fight by TKO in round 6.
The second time Woods travelled to the United States was an infamous unanimous point’s loss to Antonio Tarver in were Woods lost his IBF title.
Tavoris Cloud is undefeated in 19 fights, however; this would be his first big test so far in his professional career so it will be good to see what he can do when he comes up against someone with the experience and skill as Clinton Woods. From what I have seen of Cloud he is a pressure fighter who loves to throw his jab, and has a powerful punch but, he is a one dimensional fighter, lacks much speed and he still has a lot to learn in boxing, so Woods might just give the young fighter a boxing lesson.
Woods is not a fighter to be taken lightly, having only lost 4 times in 47 fights, and being far more skilled and experienced then Cloud, however, America does not seem to be a very lucky place for woods and it all depends which Woods turns up to the fight on the night.
So if Woods loses is this the end of the road for him? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, but if he does lose it will defiantly close a lot of doors for him and he will surely be going back down to British level, however if he wins then Woods is back in businesses and will once again be recognised as a great fighter.