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Stevenson Retains Light Heavyweight Title with Dominant TKO of Cloud in Montreal

Adonis Stevenson will make the first defense of his light heavyweight championship on Saturday night.
Adonis Stevenson will make the first defense of his light heavyweight championship on Saturday night.Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

All it took was 76-seconds for Adonis Stevenson to knockout Chad Dawson and claim the legitimate light heavyweight championship this past June, but his performance on Saturday night might be his most impressive to date.

Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO) took seven rounds to dispatch of former light heavyweight belt-holder Tavoris Cloud (24-2, 19 KO) on Saturday night in Montreal, but it was one of the most one-sided fights in recent memory.

The champion battered, bloodied and just flat out beat up his opponent in virtually every minute of every round. He showed he was more than just a power-puncher by utilizing surprisingly quick footwork and counterpunching to shred Cloud whenever he attempted to get on the inside. 

The sixth and seventh rounds were particularly lopsided, and forced Cloud's corner to halt the contest, and save their bloodied and beaten fighter from further punishment. 

Many in the boxing community were reluctant to anoint Stevenson as the legitimate top-dog at 175-pounds after his demolition of Dawson, but after tonight's performance, that bandwagon is sure to get a lot smaller.

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