Tavoris Cloud is a title holder in the light-heavyweight division.
In an interview to ESPN, Tavoris Cloud explained about his childhood neighbourhood and claimed it was very rough. His house had 10-15 people in it and in a very poor environment. He also claimed that his family used a foot hole with Ice in it as a fridge. His mother Emma Smith also claimed that Tavoris declared when he was 15-16 that he was going to take care of this situation. Alonzo Johnson was his coach, who gave him a hand in training and took him on board. Tavoris has been training with Alonzo since his Amateur days. For the last five years, Al Bonanni has been training him for his fights.
Cloud started boxing at 17 and had a 46-8 amateur record, representing his country at the 2000 U19 world championships. He lost the final of the 2002 US-championships to Curtis Stevens.
Cloud won his first 19 fights by knockout and, on August 8, 2008, he defeated former WBO light-heavyweight champion Julio César González by technical knockout in the tenth round in an IBF light heavyweight title eliminator.
Tavoris won the IBF light-heavyweight world title in an eliminator against durable Englishman Clinton Woods by way of a 12 round unanimous decision after former champion Chad Dawson vacated the belt. The fight took place on August 28. Cloud threw well over 1,000 punches in the fight which is well over the average for that weight division.
Cloud defeated Glen Johnson by unanimous decision on August 7, 2010.
High work rate
UD 12 Glen Johnson - 2010
UD 12 Clinton Woods- 2009
TKO 10 Julio César González - 2008
Tavoris Cloud vs. Glen Johnson Highlights HBO