Tavoris Cloud

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Tavoris Cloud
Statistics
Real name Tavoris Karod Cloud
Nickname(s) Thunder
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality American
Born (1982-01-10) January 10, 1982 (age 32)
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 24
Wins by KO 19
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Tavoris Karod Cloud (born January 10, 1982 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA) is an American professional boxer and a former IBF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Early life[edit]

When interviewed by ESPN, Tavoris Cloud explained that he had a tough childhood. His neighbourhood, as he recalled, was very rough. He lived in a small home that housed at times 10-15 people. It was a very poor environment. He went on to explain how meager his family's situation was, and spoke on how his family used a foot tub with ice in it as a fridge. His mother Emma Smith, reflected upon the day that Tavoris Cloud declared that he was going to take care of this situation. He was around 14–15 years of age. Alonzo Johnson (Boxing Coach), trained and housed Tavoris during his high school years. Tavoris has been training with Alonzo Johnson since his Amateur days. Alonzo Johnson can be seen working in his corner alongside Al Bonanni (Trainer) during fights. Al Bonanni, a recent Florida Boxing Hall of Famer is his professional boxing trainer, and has been for the past 5 years.

Career[edit]

Cloud started boxing at 17 and had a 46-8 amateur record, representing his country at the 2000 U19 world championships. He lost the final of the 2002 US-championships to Curtis Stevens.

His professional record is 24-1 (19) including a KO of Aaron Williams conqueror Jose Luis Herrera.

On August 8, 2008, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Cloud defeated former WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Julio César González by technical knockout in the tenth round in an IBF Light Heavyweight title eliminator.[1] Cloud set the tempo of the fight early, hurting Gonzalez with a right cross in dominating the first round. It was more of the same in the next two rounds, although Gonzalez made the third round the most competitive. He kept the fight in the middle of the ring, but Cloud kept sending him back with uppercuts and left hooks. With González taking a beating for the majority of the fight, in round ten, the referee stopped the fight after Cloud landed a right hand.

Recent fights[edit]

Tavoris won the IBF Light Heavyweight title against the durable Clinton Woods by way of a 12 round unanimous decision after former champion Chad Dawson vacated the belt (it is argued in the boxing community that Chad Dawson vacated the IBF belt to avoid Tavoris Cloud, whom he represented the country with during his amateur career. However, this argument can not be concluded as fact). The fight against Clinton Woods took place on August 28, 2009. Cloud threw well over 1000 punches in the fight which is well over the average for that weight division and won the fight by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

Cloud defeated Glen Johnson by unanimous decision on August 7, 2010.

Cloud faced the Columbian knockout artist Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1 (20 KO)) for a title defense and earned a unanimous decision.

Following the Zuniga win, Cloud improved his record with another TKO decision over Yusaf Mack.

Cloud defeated Spaniard Gabriel Campillo via split decision. The win stirred up controversy, with fans scoring the bout for Campillo. However, unbenounced to Fans, "the referee said that there are no standing eight counts..."- A statement Tavoris Cloud made to Lem Satterfield when interviewed for The Ring Magazine's website The Ring. Tavoris Cloud further stated, "when we got in there the first round, and I dropped him, the referee pulled me out of the way and started to give him an eight count. I mean, that's the fight right there."

Cloud's next opponent was thought to be Former World Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist: Jean Pascal, with a scheduled fight date of August 11, 2012, but Pascal pulled out of the fight last minute due to a hand injury suffered in training. Cloud adamantly believes the injury was faked.

Cloud later took on Bernard Hopkins on March 9, 2013 at the Barclays center in Brooklyn and lost his IBF Championship via Unanimous Decision (UD).

In the following September Cloud challenged Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light-heavyweight title, and took a beating before quiting in his corner

On September 27th, 2014, Cloud faced Dagestan contender Artur Beterbiev. Right from the start Cloud was outmatched and unable to cope with the power of his vastly larger foe, getting dropped three times in the first round before finally being for the last time early in the second. Cloud was unable to beat referee Michael Griffin's count, making this his third consecutive loss.

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (19 knockouts, 5 decisions), 3 Losses (2 by knockout, 1 by decision), 0 Draws [2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 24–3 Russia Artur Beterbiyev KO 2 (12) 2014-09-27 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec For vacant NABA Light Heavyweight title.
Loss 24–2 Canada Adonis Stevenson RTD 7 (12) 2013-09-28 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec For WBC & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Loss 24–1 United States Bernard Hopkins UD 12 2013-03-09 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, United States Lost IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0 Spain Gabriel Campillo SD 12 2012-02-18 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 23–0 United States Yusaf Mack TKO 8 (12) 2011-06-25 United States Family Arena, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 22–0 Colombia Fulgencio Zuniga UD 12 2010-12-17 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, United States Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 2010-08-07 United States Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 20–0 United Kingdom Clinton Woods UD 12 2009-08-28 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States Won vacant IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 Mexico Julio Cesar Gonzalez TKO 10 (12) 2008-08-08 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 18–0 United States Mike Wood KO 1 (12) 2008-03-28 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States Won vacant NABA, USBA & WBO NABO Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 17–0 United States Jacob Rodriguez RTD 3 (8) 2007-12-14 United States Cicero Stadium 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 16–0 Colombia Jose Luis Herrera TKO 5 (10) 2007-08-24 United States Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 15–0 United States Jim Strohl KO 1 (10) 2007-05-11 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 14–0 United States Aaron Norwood KO 2 (8) 2007-02-16 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 13–0 United States Douglas LaFontsee TKO 4 (8) 2006-11-10 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 12–0 United States Tim Shocks TKO 4 (8) 2006-09-15 United States Aragon Ballroom 1106 W Lawrence, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 11–0 United States Mitch Hicks TKO 1 (8) 2006-07-21 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 10–0 United States Anthony Dennis TKO 2 (8) 2006-03-17 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 United States Roosevelt Johnson KO 4 (8) 2006-01-27 United States Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 8–0 United States Ron Krull TKO 2 (8) 2005-11-03 United States Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 7–0 United States Joseph Hill TKO 3 (4) 2005-07-13 United States Majestic Star Casino, Gary, Indiana, United States
Win 6–0 United States Reggie Strickland UD 4 2005-05-06 United States Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 5–0 United States Ronald Moore TKO 1 (4) 2004-12-11 United States Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Win 4–0 United States Curtis Mullins TKO 3 (4) 2004-11-20 United States Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 United States Kevin Thompson TKO 1 (4) 2004-10-23 United States Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 United States Taryll Carpenter TKO 1 (4) 2004-10-09 United States Lighthouse Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Nicaragua Luis Reyes TKO 3 (4) 2004-04-02 United States Equestrian Complex, Ocala, Florida, United States Cloud's professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chavez, Jacob (2008-08-08). "Cloud stops Gonzalez in ten!". Fightnews.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  2. ^ Tavoris Cloud's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com

External links[edit]

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Chad Dawson
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
August 28, 2009 – March 9, 2013
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins