Cloutier's Canada Corner
Pascal-Cloud In Montréal August
With Stevenson In An Elimination Bout
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL -Yvon Michel, the chief operation officer of the
GYM group, has finalized a deal with the promoter Don King
and the network Showtime to present a major boxing show
August 11th at the Bell Centre in Montréal.
The two most important fights of the evening will be
televised by Showtime. In the main event, the Montrealer
Jean Pascal (26-2-1) will fight the IBF light heavyweight
champion of the world, the American Tavoris Cloud (24-0-0),
and in the other major fight of the evening, Adonis
Stevenson (18-1-0), a southpaw from Montréal who is
detaining the NABA, NABO, IBF Inter-Continental and WBC
Silver super middleweight championships, will be involved in
an elimination bout for a major title (the WBC or the IBF
"It is certainly the most important boxing show presented in
Montréal this year," said Yvon Michel. "Pascal is a former
WBC champion who wants absolutely to become again world
champion, and he will get his chance August 11th. Cloud a
very tough fighter, very energitic, who will force Jean to
fight like hell. The bout will be intense and spectacular
for sure. And the Showtime’s boss, who are appreciating more
and more Adonis Stevenson, are very happy to have him on the
show. Adonis is closer than ever to a major world title, and
he would make another step in that direction in winning
For Pascal, it will be a first bout in a span of a year.
Last year, he lost his WBC belt to Bernard Hopkins, in
losing by unanimous decision in the ring of the Bell Centre
(Chad Dawson beat Hopkins by unanimous decision April 28th
in Atlantic City, in a WBC world title fight).
"I have the biggest respect for Cloud, who is showing a huge
amount of guts in coming to Montréal to fight me," said
Pascal. "And I know he is a true warrior. With our styles, I
am sure that the fight will be explosive. I did not fight
for a year. I am very hungry and determined to become again
Cloud, a fighter of 30 years from Florida, will proceed to
the 5th defense of his title.
"I am really happy to get this chance to fight Pascal, said
Cloud. You can be sure that the bout will be intense and
spectacular. I am persuaded that the crowd will get action
for their money. Trust me, I am going in Montréal with the
intention to remain world champion."
Stevenson, on his side, is on fire the last few months,
since that he is working with the famous trainer Emmanuel
Steward. He just got the two most important wins of his
career, both obtained in less than two rounds (against the
Argentinian Noe Gonzalez and the American Jose Gonzales).
"My dream is to fight to new IBF champion, Carl Froch," said
Stevenson. "I am ready to fight any contender who can help
me to reach my goal."