The light heavyweight landscape underwent some huge renovations this past June, when the punishing hitter Adonis Stevenson lit up Chad Dawson in a showdown for Dawson’s WBC light heavyweight title.
In turn, Stevenson earned the right to call himself the best 175-pound fighter in the world.
Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) is now set to fight former IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) on Sept. 28 at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
As mentioned, in June, Stevenson overcame vast height, reach and experience disadvantages to knock out the former WBC champ Dawson with a booming left-cross in the very first round.
At 35 years old, “Superman,” as Stevenson is called, stands atop the 175-pound weight class. He's a ravenous monster that's gobbled up and spit out nearly every opponent ever served up to him, defeating every single man he has ever stepped into the ring with, including avenging his one loss. He wants nothing more than to prove to the world he’s more than just a one-hit wonder.
Cloud, albeit a dynamite puncher himself, isn’t carrying much momentum into this fight. He was once the IBF champion for four years until dropping a unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in March. He was, frankly, lucky to walk away with a win against light heavyweight standout Gabriel Campillo.
Some fans may argue Cloud doesn’t even deserve this opportunity, but when looking at both men’s frightening knockout power and their contrasting approach to defense, the way these two men match up on paper is far too fascinating to take for granted.
Both men throw with bad intentions and this fight promises to be absolutely exhilarating—that is, for as long as it lasts.