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Exclusive Interview With IBF Light-Heavyweight King Tavoris Cloud - ďIf Pascal Stands In Front Of Me Heís In TroubleĒ

By James Slater - As fans know and are very excited about, light-heavyweight warriors Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal will rumble in Montreal, Canada on August 11th. Unbeaten IBF king Cloud will travel to defend his crown, and former world 175-pound ruler Pascal will do his best to take it.

Cloud, as fearsome a puncher as you could name today, is expecting an exciting fight and no way does the 30-year-old Floridian see himself losing. Cloud, 24-0(19) is in training already, and the man who will be making the 5th defence of his belt canít wait for August.

Very kindly taking the time to speak with me from his hotel room yesterday evening (U.K time), Tavoris had the following things to say: James Slater: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me, Champ! Weíre all excited about your upcoming fight with Jean Pascal. Itís fair to say this is the biggest fight of your career so far, even to you?

Tavoris Cloud: Yes, Iíd say this fight, which will be my fifth defence, in Montreal, against a marquee name, is the biggest so far. Yeah, I agree with that..

J.S: And youíre happy to go to Canada, you expect to be able to take the fight out of the hands of the judges. But even if it goes to the cards, you expect to be treated fairly?

T.C: Well, Iím not expecting to be treated in any special way. Iím expecting to be treated like a guy who is coming to another fighterís home town. I mean, I should be treated fairly, but Iím going to take this fight out of everybodyís hands. I feel this is a good fight for me: the added pressure of fighting in his home town, the pressure of the magnitude of this fight. It all puts positive stress on me. I need stress to perform.

J.S: Are you expecting a tough, physical fight - a toe-to-toe type fight?

T.C: Iím looking forward to a good fight. You can never say what the other guy will do when I get in the ring with them. But anyone who goes toe-to-toe with Tavoris Cloud will have a hard night; a short night or a long night, but a hard night. Pascalís style isnít that hard to figure out. This fight is made for action.

J.S: Will a win on August 11th make you the best light-heavyweight out there?

T.C: Maybe to all the other people out there it will, but to me, I knew I was the best when I turned pro in 2004.

J.S: And when you win, will all the name fighters that youíve wanted to fight before have to come to you? Youíll be the man!

T.C: When I win, hopefully it will go that way, but Iíve learnt [laughs] that things donít always go the way theyíre supposed to go in boxing. Iíve been signed to fight certain big names yet the fights never actually came. But after I win, if that happens and the big marquee names donít come, Iíll just continue to fight, to defend my title. The big names really donít matter. Iím all for the fans. Iíll always keep on putting on great fights for the fans. Theyíre what really matter and Tavoris Cloud is the most exciting fighter in the light-heavyweight division.

J.S: I couldnít agree more! How much do you like Pascal and his style? What fights of his have you seen?

T.C: Iím not impressed by Pascal at all. I donít really watch his fights. Heís a good young fighter; one of the newer faces that came about after the changing of the guard. At one point in time there was only Chad Dawson, then me, then [Beibut] Shumenov and [Nathan] Cleverly - all these young guys. Heís [Pascal] just one of the names; a good talent. Pascalís style will make for an exciting fight against me.

J.S: Can you become the first man to stop Pascal?

T.C: Most definitely. I can do this. If I hit Pascal with the wrong shot at the wrong time, heís outta there! Itís no secret that Pascal doesnít hit like a normal light-heavyweight. If he stands in front of me heís in trouble.

J.S: When will you start hard training?

T.C: Iíve been training hard. Iíve been training for the last five or six weeks. Iím in camp right now. Let me tell you, Tavoris Cloud will be ready to go. Iíll be in rare form. This win will make a statement in the light-heavyweight division.

J.S: Thanks for your time, Champ. And best of luck for August 11th.

T.C: Thank you. Bye.

Article posted on 02.06.2012



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