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Pascal-Cloud In Montréal August 11th
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 belts).

"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 August 11th."

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 world champion."

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."


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