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 Last update:  2/27/2013       Read more by Jake Donovan         
   
Cloud: I'll Make Hopkins Worry, I'll Make Him Adjust
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By Jake Donovan

Tavoris Cloud isnt a thinking mans fighter in the ring, but is smart enough to recognize when change is necessary. That moment for the undefeated light heavyweight titlist came shortly after receiving a controversial decision win over Gabriel Campillo.

The fight took place last February, his last ring appearance to date. The past 12 months and change have been spent dealing with postponements and injuries. Its not the best laid plan for a forthcoming March 9 title defense against former two-division king Bernard Hopkins, but Cloud (24-0, 19KO) believes fans will see the best available version.

Im at the top of mountains, Cloud says, speaking in literal terms as he has spent training camp in Big Bear, California. Im doing road work at 7,000 feet above sea level. The running and physical training has been very different. Thats something that you will see on March 9. I know Im a better fighter, and better conditioned since training with Abel Sanchez.

Cloud looked lethargic and lacking rhythm in last years near-loss to Campillo. The performance looks worse in retrospect given the Spaniards poor showing in a 2nd round drilling at the hands of Sergey Kovalev earlier this year.

In that last fight, I wasnt as well-prepared as I am now, Cloud admits. Thats what I learned from that last fight. Im better prepared right now.

He will have to be on top of his game for his HBO-televised headliner against Hopkins (52-6-2, 32KO), which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 48-year young Hopkins 13 years Clouds senior has been known to take many a fighter out of his element when his back is against the wall. The thrill of chasing yet another undefeated fighter has the 25-year ring veteran anxious to once again shock the world and recreate boxing history.

Cloud insists he has a sound game plan for what will be just the fifth defense of the alphabet title he won nearly four years ago. That plan wont be revealed until fight night, though he can confidently say in advance it will involve forcing Hopkins out of his comfort zone.

Im gonna deal with veteran tactics, Cloud insists. Im gonna make him adjust to my game plan. Im not gonna adjust to what hes doing. Im not gonna worry about what hes going to do. Im gonna make him do what I want to do.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox




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comment by Mato o Muero, on 02-28-2013
Only thing Bernard is gonna be adjusting that night is his trunks. Get ready for an azz whooping boy.

comment by illmaticfighter, on 02-28-2013
cloud imo has to keep pressure an a decent defense and know getting knocked down to win this with that said im picking bhop lol.

comment by Illdil, on 02-28-2013
It's crazy B-Hop at age 47 or 48 still rated young fighters ain't that some S**** :lmao1: well that's how good the guys is the guy is the defenition of the Science.

comment by IronDanHamza, on 02-28-2013
[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel]Cloud will remain VERY dangerous for 12 rounds...that sh1t scares the f*ck outta me!!...another thing that got me shook is that B.Hop will be FAVORED!!...that scares me the MOST...no way should a damn near 50 yr old man be favored in a fight against somebody 20 yrs younger tha...

comment by IronDanHamza, on 02-28-2013
[QUOTE=Cupocity303]What nobody is picking Cloud? I'm surprised. Should this be sign of respect for the old man, lack respect for Cloud, or both? Or maybe a reverse strategy. You pick the ol' geezer till he losses. [/QUOTE] Until he loses? He lost his last fight. Hopkins has proved time and ti...

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