Pay per head sportsbooks were impressed to see that Adonis Stevenson was able to keep the WBC light heavyweight title in Montreal when Tavoris Cloud, who had a nasty cut, was not able to answer the bell for the eighth round.
Cloud suffered a second consecutive defeat as a very bad cut right above his right eye did not let him continue fighting.
Price per head services saw that the fighter also had a cut on his left eyelid that he suffered in the fight’s opening round at the Bell Centre after he was on the wrong end of a stiff left hand from his opponent.
In the second, Stevenson thought that he scored a knockdown when the American touched the canvas, but referee Mike Griffin ruled it out as a slip, and price per sportsbooks sensed big trouble.
Even though Cloud did improve he was not able to make much of an impact against the Quebec fighter, resulting in ‘Superman’ taunting him at one point in the fourth round when he stood with his arms stretched out, almost offering him to send a free hit.
Moving towards the end of the seventh, an onslaught from Stevenson left Cloud looking like a real mess.
Price per head sportsbooks learned that once the bell sounded to end the round, the former IBF champion’s corner quickly made a decision was to pull their fighter out and spare him from being further punished when he was already so far behind on the judges’ scorecards.
“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.
“You see after seven rounds I could still box him. My trainer did a very good job. In four months I have beaten two great champions at the weight.”
The Haitian-born southpaw will now have a mandatory defence against no 1 challenger Tony Bellew, with the British fighter having watched on Saturday night at ringside.
“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.
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In the meantime, pay per head sportsbooks saw that on the undercard, former champion Jean Pascal was able to stop George Blades in the fifth round of their light-heavyweight bout.