Tavoris Cloud retains his IBF title

2010-12-18 07:53

Miami – Tavoris Cloud retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title yesterday in a 12-round unanimous decision over Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga.

America’s Cloud improved to 22-0 with 18 victories inside the distance as he made his second defence of the title.

On the same card, undefeated Odlanier Solis won a heavyweight title eliminator when Ray Austin was disqualified with a second remaining in the 10th round after a clinch that nearly sent Solis over the ropes.

Solis, a 2004 Olympic champion from Cuba, improved to 17-0 and earned a title shot against World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko.

“He is accurate and has good defence,” Austin said. “He rests and recovers well too. The only downside for him could be his chin. I see him being the next champion. He is good.”

The Cuban dominated with his speed and punishing combinations, pushing Austin back for most of the bout.

Solis landed a series of combinations to Austin’s head in the 10th that had Austin appearing out on his feet and after another big right from Solis Austin clinched. Austin pushed Solis into the ropes and they almost fell over.

Solis had sent Austin to the canvas in the fifth with a left to the head.

While Solis appeared to dominate, one judge had the fight 85-85, another scored it 88-82 for Solis and the third 86-84 for Austin through the first nine rounds.

“What’s the worst that could have happened? I could have knocked him out or make him look ridiculous,” Solis said. “I made him look ridiculous.”

Cloud’s victory was a more straightforward affair. He controlled the pace against Zuniga, using a stinging jab as well as big right crosses and left hooks.

He couldn’t stop the tough Colombian, but won on all three judges’ scorecards: 117-108, 118-108 and 116-109.
Zuniga fell to 24-5-1.

“I know I had better skills, but he obviously came into this fight in good shape,” Cloud said. “I only give myself a B performance. I will tell you, I took this man seriously because I knew he was going to come to fight.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/World

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.