"The Return of Superman"
MONTREAL (September 25, 2013) -- World Boxing Council (WBC), The Ring Magazine and lineal world light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) defends his crown for the first time this Saturday night against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris "Thunder " Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs). The titanic collision will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and will be televised live in the United States by HBO as part of its World Championship Boxing series.
Cloud believes Stevenson hasn't fought anybody comparable to him in terms of quality opposition. "To win at this level of talent takes skill," Cloud countered, "and power is secondary. Anyone can be hurt, if you give up. I guarantee that I will leave Montreal with all the belts."
According to the president Yvon Michel of GYM, Cloud is the perfect opponent for the champion's first defense. "Against Dawson," Michel noted, "Adonis proved he was dangerous and against a seasoned fighter like Cloud, Adonis will have the opportunity to demonstrate his versatility and why his reign will last."
Stevenson arrived in Montreal last Friday and Cloud two days later. Both are in great physical shape, as they showed during training workouts before the media on Mondayand Tuesday. They were both obviously very eager to do battle in three days.
The powerful left-handed Stevenson is riding an eight-fight streak of knockouts over Dawson (KO1), Darnell Boone (KO6), Don George (TKO12), Noe Gonzalez (TKO2), Jesus Gonzales (KO1), Aaron Pryor Jr. (TKO9), Shujaa El Amin (TKO1), and Derek Edwards (KO3). In fact, the last time a Stevenson fight went to the limit dates back to 2007.
According to The Ring Magazine, Cloud is ranked third among the best light heavyweights in the world, and he is considered the number one U.S. heavyweight contender. Cloud has only suffered one defeat during his professional career and he has never visited the canvas. Cloud has a definite advantage over Stevenson in terms of experience having fought a total of 123 rounds, including 68 world championship, almost as many total rounds (80) fought by Stevenson.
Doors at the Bell Centre will open Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. Stevenson vs. Cloud is slated to start around10:30 p.m. ET with Stevenson in the red corner, the challenger Cloud in the blue corner.
About Groupe Yvon Michel Inc.: Yvon Michel (GYM) Group was founded in 2004. The organization's mission is the development of high-level boxers with a support frame in direct competition. To achieve its objectives, GYM actively recruits talent and organizes events. Since its founding nine years ago, GYM has promoted 109 events, some of which have made history in ticket and PPV sales like Pascal vs. Hopkins I and II. GYM has produced more than 300 hours of television for Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, TVA Sports, VOX, TVA, CBC, RDS and V, in Canada, as well as HBO, Showtime and ESPN in the USA. A total of seven different GYM boxers have participated in 17 world title fights. Under the tutelage of GYM Joachim Alcine captured the WBA super welterweight in 2007, Jean Pascal won the WBC Light Heavyweight championship in 2009, and since June 2013 Adonis "Superman" Stevenson has held the WBC, The Ring Magazine and linear light heavyweight.