Stevenson Destroys Cloud, Easy Tune Up For Pascal
By Ciaran McKinney: Tonight from the Bell Center in Quebec, boxing fans were witness to two complete mismatches and some of the most one-sided boxing you could not wish to see. First up, we got a look at Jean Pascal, who was placed in a ‘get the rounds in’ bout against a poor but strong willed fighter by the name of George Blades, the fight was most memorable for the haircut of Pascal.
The fight was simply there to give the home fighter a morale boost and get some minutes under his belt. This bout ended by way of TKO with Blades falling to the 3 knockdown rule. This fight should have been stopped as soon as the the journeyman touched the ground for the second time, with him still reeling and visibly out on his feet after a brutal upper-cut from the massively pumped up Pascal. With little under 5 rounds done and dusted, Pascal will soon begin his camp for his dust up with Lucian Bute.
The main event of the show came in the form of Adonis Stevenson against Tavoris Cloud. The champion has been riding a wave of confidence after his sensational knockout win against Chad Dawson and came into this fight the same way, from the opening bell, he exuded a swagger and style that the challenger simply could not hold a candle too. ‘Superman’ was the first to throw a punch and the only one to land, his speed, timing and awesome power has seen his rise from an also-ran to a one hit wonder to where we stand tonight, a bone-fide champion.
This is the common belief, however impressive he was this evening, he was up against Tavoris Cloud, who even when he held a World Title, always looked a suspect Champion, and was well and truly found out in his prior outing against the always aging Bernard Hopkins. So this fight proved something but not much, you cannot help but take notice when a fighter systemically takes apart an opponent. But the most telling part of this evening came in the post fight celebrations and evenings.
Stevenson and his entourage were flashing the hand-sign and chanting constantly ‘Number One’, however the smile was momentarily wiped off his face when the interviewer mentioned a name of a possible opponent; Sergei Kovalev. The champion was quick to qualm the rumors and state that Kovalev had to prove himself just as he had done and also, he had a mandatory to worry about. No doubt about it, Stevenson vs Kovalev would set tongues wagging all through the boxing world and reignite the Light-Heavyweight division
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