|Real name||Tavoris Karod Cloud|
|Rated at||Light heavyweight|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
January 10, 1982 |
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Wins by KO||19|
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.
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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.
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. 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.
IBF light heavyweight champion
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.
First defeat against Hopkins
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 27, 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
|Professional record summary|
|27 fights||24 wins||3 losses|
|27||Loss||24–3||Artur Beterbiev||KO||2 (12), 0:38||Sep 27, 2014||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For vacant WBA–NABA light heavyweight title|
|26||Loss||24–2||Adonis Stevenson||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||Sep 28, 2013||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles|
|25||Loss||24–1||Bernard Hopkins||UD||12||Mar 9, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost IBF light heavyweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Gabriel Campillo||SD||12||Feb 18, 2012||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.||Retained IBF light heavyweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Yusaf Mack||TKO||8 (12), 2:57||Jun 25, 2011||Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.||Retained IBF light heavyweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Fulgencio Zúñiga||UD||12||Dec 17, 2010||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Retained IBF light heavyweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Glen Johnson||UD||12||Aug 7, 2010||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained IBF light heavyweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Clinton Woods||UD||12||Aug 28, 2009||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Won vacant IBF light heavyweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Julio César González||TKO||10 (12), 1:50||Aug 8, 2008||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Mike Wood||KO||1 (12), 1:23||Mar 28, 2008||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Won vacant WBA–NABA, USBA, and WBO–NABO light heavyweight titles|
|17||Win||17–0||Jacob Rodriguez||RTD||3 (8), 0:01||Dec 14, 2007||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Jose Luis Herrera||TKO||5 (10), 1:45||Aug 24, 2007||Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Jim Strohl||KO||1 (10), 2:59||May 11, 2007||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Aaron Norwood||KO||2 (8), 2:03||Feb 16, 2007||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Douglas LaFontsee||TKO||4 (8), 1:55||Nov 10, 2006||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Tim Shocks||TKO||4 (8), 0:15||Sep 15, 2006||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Mitch Hicks||TKO||1 (8), 2:10||Jul 21, 2006||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Anthony Dennis||TKO||2 (8), 2:08||Mar 17, 2006||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Roosevelt Johnson||KO||4 (8), 1:30||Jan 27, 2006||Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Ron Krull||TKO||2 (8), 1:23||Nov 3, 2005||Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Joseph Hill||TKO||3 (4), 2:47||Jul 13, 2005||Majestic Star Casino, Gary, Indiana, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Reggie Strickland||UD||4||May 6, 2005||Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Ronald Moore||TKO||1 (4), 2:03||Dec 11, 2004||Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Curtis Mullins||TKO||3 (4), 3:00||Nov 20, 2004||Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Kevin Thompson||TKO||1 (4), 3:00||Oct 23, 2004||Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Taryll Carpenter||TKO||1 (4), 2:05||Oct 9, 2004||Lighthouse Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Luis Reyes||TKO||3 (4), 2:39||Apr 2, 2004||Equestrian Complex, Ocala, Florida, U.S.||Professional debut|
- Professional boxing record for Tavoris Cloud from BoxRec
- Tavoris Cloud defeats Clinton Jones at ESPN
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byChris Henry
|WBA–NABA light heavyweight champion
March 28, 2008 – June 2008
Title next held byYusaf Mack
Title last held byMontell Griffin
|USBA light heavyweight champion
March 28, 2008 – August 2008
Title next held byOtis Griffin
Title last held byDeAndrey Abron
|WBO–NABO light heavyweight champion
March 28, 2008 – August 2008
Title next held byRoy Jones Jr.
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byChad Dawson
|IBF light heavyweight champion
August 28, 2009 – March 9, 2013