Superman makes Cloud suffer

  • Last Updated: September 30 2013, 9:45 BST

Adonis Stevenson retained the WBC light heavyweight title when a badly cut Tavoris Cloud failed to answer the bell for the eighth round in Montreal.

Adonis Stevenson (right): Retained his title in Montreal
Adonis Stevenson (right): Retained his title in Montreal

Challenger Cloud suffered a second successive loss as a nasty gash above his right eye left him unable to continue.

He also had a cut on his left eyelid that he sustained in the opening round of the bout at the Bell Centre after being on the wrong end of a stiff left hand from the champion.

Stevenson thought he had scored a knockdown in the second when the American touched the canvas, only for referee Mike Griffin to rule it as a slip.

Although Cloud did improve he was unable to make much of an impact against the man from Quebec, resulting in 'Superman' taunting him at one stage by standing there with his arms stretched out, almost offering a free hit.

Towards the end of the seventh a barrage from Stevenson, who is from Quebec and is Canada's only world champion, left Cloud in a bloody mess.

Once the bell sounded to end the round the decision was quickly taken by the former IBF champion's corner to pull their man out and spare him from taking any further punishment.

"He was covering more so I went to the body," Stevenson said afterwards. "Sometimes I went for the head and sometimes the body. It worked out well."

Next up for the Haitian-born southpaw will be a defence against Tony Bellew, with the British fighter having watched on at ringside on Saturday night.

"So Stevenson won! I'll be back here soon enough though and believe me when I come back here I'm taking his belts home with me!" Bellew wrote on Twitter afterwards.

Meanwhile, on the undercard, former champion Jean Pascal stopped George Blades in the fifth round of their light-heavyweight fight.

Pascal (28-2-1) recorded with three knockdowns as he used the outing as preparation for his scheduled clash with fellow Montreal fighter Lucian Bute at the start of next year.

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