TheSweetScience.com editor, Michael Woods, interviews famed boxing promoter Don King about the upcoming Tavoris Cloud vs Bernard Hopkins fight in Brooklyn, NYC. King says that this fight will be exciting and provocative but the most important thing is that Bernard Hopkins goes out gracefully.
Hopkins vs. Cloud
The old man of boxing, Bernard Hopkins is stepping into the ring again on Saturday, March 9th as he takes on unbeaten IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud. Let’s take a look at this fight that will be televised live on HBO from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and the boxing betting odds.
Bernard Hopkins 52-6-2 (32 KO’s)
Hopkins is 48 years old and will be trying to break his own record for the oldest fighter to ever win a world title. “People can say what they want. I have broken records, quieted doubters and solidified my legacy.” Hopkins said. ”I’m so competitive — I know I have the body and skills to still do this. I’m past the stage of breaking records. It’s my legacy that I want to protect.”
Tavoris Cloud 24-0 (19 KO’s)
This will be the fifth title defense for the unbeaten Cloud as he takes on Hopkins. “This will be the last supper for Bernard Hopkins,” said Cloud, “I will retain my IBF Light Heavyweight World Title.” Cloud has been very impressive in his career winning 19 of his 24 fights by knockout. He has defended his title four times with wins over Glen Johnson, Fulgencio Zuniga, Yusaf Mack and Gabriel Campillo. Cloud has said that he would like to get the knockout against Hopkins, something that has never been done but the problem with an aggressive strategy for Cloud is that no one who has ever gone straight at Hopkins has come out with a win.
Boxing Betting Odds
Cloud is heavily favored to win this fight as he is listed as more than a 5-1 favorite in boxing odds. It is hard to make a case for laying that type of price on any boxer especially against a fighter in Hopkins who has proven he can win as an underdog. Hopkins was a 3-1 underdog when he beat Kelly Pavlik and he was about a 3-1 underdog against Jean Pascal and he won that bout.