Superman Batters Cloud

By Robert Ecksel on September 28, 2013
Superman Batters Cloud
Adonis Stevenson established at the opening bell that he was the man and the man to beat.

Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs), in the first defense of his WBC light heavyweight title, mopped the floor with former light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud 24-2, 19 KOs), forcing his corner to call it quits at the end of the seventh round.

Fighting out of the red corner and wearing Kronk gold, Superman established early on that he was the man and the man to beat. His first-round destruction of Chad Dawson three months earlier made him look formidable. But Dawson may have been suffering the residual effects of the hiding he got from Andre Ward in Oakland.

Cloud, fighting out of the blue corner in camouflage trunks, was supposed to be stiff competition for the fighter known as Superman. Although he was taken to school by Bernard Hopkins in his last fight, and before that was gifted a decision against Gabriel Campillo in Texas, Cloud was presumably a real enough deal to give Stevenson a run for his money.

Or so it was believed. Or so it was written. But at the intersection of Fantasy Lane and Reality Boulevard, neither Cloud nor Stevenson quite lived up to expectations.

To the surprise of everyone, Superman outboxed the boxer. To the surprise of no one, he out-slugged the slugger. The southpaw from Quebec by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, totally dominated his seemingly clueless opponent. The promise Cloud once possessed he possesses no longer. What happened to his career will be examined in context when Don King finally calls it a day.

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  1. Koolz 03:22pm, 09/30/2013

    That was some display not as good as Bernard Hopkins but damn he can box.

    I think Kovalev would beat him though if they ever fought.

  2. Joe 05:21am, 09/30/2013

    Superman dominated this one.  I for one was glad to see Cloud’s corner stop the massacre.  Is DKP dead?  Where’s Carl King these days?

  3. tuxtucis 11:50pm, 09/29/2013

    @Beaujack: The weakest crop of light heavies? Well, the crop that Roy Jones JR leveled in ‘90 was even weaker…Michalscevski was no stronger than Kovalev…

  4. Clarence George 06:01pm, 09/29/2013

    Howdy, Raxman.  I’m interrupting my viewing of “The Big Bang Theory” to respond to your comment.  I’ll come up with a way for you to make it up to me.  In the meantime, please know that I won’t be so accommodating when the new season of “The Walking Dead” begins.

    I think you’re right that there’s no one at super middle or light heavy who can beat Ward.  Golovkin, maybe at a catchweight of 164?  I don’t agree that a Ward win is necessarily a foregone outcome.

  5. raxman 05:10pm, 09/29/2013

    Clarence George - who isn’t too limited to score a win against Ward? no one at 68. so 175? people will say kovalev but people get hypnotised by the mystique of the power puncher. as Garcia proved skills pay the bills, not power. and ward has more skill than anyone. golovkin at 68 may be interesting for a few rounds. then ward would take over and confound his way to UD.

  6. Ben 10:07am, 09/29/2013

    You guys don’t like Steve Weisfeld.

  7. jofre 08:52am, 09/29/2013

    Cloud is the new Jeff Lacy. Great to have Harold back on the broadcast.

  8. Pete The Sneak 08:18am, 09/29/2013

    Decent scrap I guess. Superman did his thing, and yeah, Cloud put up a better fight than I thought he would as well. With that said, best part for me was hearing Harold Lederman working the fight…Peace.

  9. Thresher 05:46am, 09/29/2013

    beajack has the beat

  10. Clarence George 02:41am, 09/29/2013

    Cloud did better than I anticipated, as I expected him to be stopped as early as the third, but he’s clearly about to board the train to Second Tiersville.  Just the opposite for Stevenson.  But good as he is—and he is—he’s hardly unbeatable.  Too limited, for example, to score a win against Andre Ward.

  11. beaujack 08:58pm, 09/28/2013

    Probably the weakest crop of lightheavyweights I ever saw, except for the terrific punching Sergie Kovalev from Russia who would ko Stevenson were they to meet.

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