A pair of boxing matches are in focus tonight:
Adonis Stevenson v Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud, going 12 rounds for the WBC light heavyweight title.
First, your challenger:
Cloud is 24-1-0, 19 wins by KO, 1 loss by decision. #6 light heavyweight in the world, #2 in the US. He comes out of that one loss, when facing Bernard Hopkins in March, losing the IBF light heavyweight title in the process. Besides that blemish, he’s scored 3 KOs and 4 decisions in 7 fights of 12 rounds in length. His KOs tends to come in the very latter stages at 12 rounds. This will be his 3rd fight since graduating to 8 rounds where his opponent has 1 loss. This is his first fight north of the border. He hasn’t dispatched an opponent early in a fight since 2008, with a 1st-round KO against Mike Wood, his first title fight.
I don’t like these cycles. The power isn’t there, nor is the passion to continue a long fight. Mentally he’s in better shape, so he can probably guess correctly at what punches will be coming at him.
Stevenson is in his residential base of Quebec tonight. At home, he’s the top ranked light heavywieght, while #2 worldwide. 21-1-0, 18 by KO, losing 1 by KO. So we have two fighters with very high KO % numbers. He’s fought almost exlusively north of the border, and already in his 10th fight at the Bell Centre (and 6th consecutive). In his 8 prior fights, most at 12 rounds, he’s registered 8 straight KO wins, and the majority of those early in the bout.
Claude Paquette is judging a Stevenson bout for the 7th time tonight, all scoring higher for him. Just saying.
Stevenson’s cycles are not all that attractive, tho is about to come out of a triple low. Getting a bit of a sense of his strength but making poor decisions with them.
Not an especially appealing fight, this one. Stevenson by decision.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, vs Brian Vega, middleweights, 10 rounds, in Carson CA
Chavez is 46-1-1, 32 KOs. Comes out of only loss a year ago this month. In so doing, he lost the WBC middleweight title, to Sergio Gabriel Martinez. Outside of that fight, he’s gone 10+ rounds 20 times, with the great majority of his KOs coming early to middle rounds (by 6th or 8th rounds at most). He is in his 5th fight in the state.
Generally OK cycles but he’s feeling the effects of a physical critical day…not being at all in touch with his strength…likely to bleed more and not making good decisions with his punches. He’ll feel undaunted, and still feel inwardly motivated to persevere. Overall his focus is waning.
Vega has a mixed record of 23-6-0, 14 KOs, world middleweight #12, and US middleweight #3. 14th fight going up against an opponent who was undefeated or with 1 loss at fight time. He went 7-6 in those fights. With 14 fights at least 10 rounds, he’s had 6 KOs of varying points in the fight. Reached decision in 8 of last 11. 2nd fight in CA, first one was his first pro loss, as seen on “The Contender”
Can’t get much better than this. Triple high cycles have it all over JCC Jr.
Middle fight KO for Vega.