Tavoris Cloud escape a harsh upbringing and the pitfalls of a rough Tallahassee, Florida neighborhood, to become the current IBF Light Heavyweight Champion of the world. Cloud turned those early misfortunes into fuel for his future. Cloud entered the boxing gym at the age of 17, and hasn’t looked back since. Tavoris won the IBF Light Heavyweight title on August 28, 2009 by defeating Clinton Woods, and has defended that belt four times since then.
On March 9, 2013 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Tavoris Cloud will get a look at his past and his future, when he takes on the legend himself, Philadelphia’s own Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. Tavoris sat down with BSO to talk Hopkins, his past, his future, Don King, and if he’ll ever fight at Heavyweight.
BSO: What got you interested in boxing?
TC: Boxing at the time in 1998, was the only outlet for me. You didn’t have to try out for or make anybody’s team, you could basically walk in the gym and start training. I started...