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Tavoris Cloud must fight mandatory challenger Karo Murat before facing Jean Pascal



By Michael Collins: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal’s hand injury wiped out an excellent fight between him and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavroris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) that was supposed to have taken place on August 11th. With Pascal injured, the IBF is ordering Cloud to defend his International Boxing Federation title against his mandatory challenger 28-year-old Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s) before the end of the year.

A Murat-Cloud fight is an ugly to contemplate, as Murat couldn’t even beat Nathan Cleverly, losing to him by a 10th round TKO in September 2010. Last year, Murat fought to a very controversial 12 round draw against Gabriel Campillo in October in Germany. I had Murat losing the fight by six rounds. It was a very odd decision.

Cloud will destroy Murat without any problems and move on to bigger and better things.