Stevenson stops Cloud to retain WBC titleJean Pascal, from Montreal, lands a left to the head of George Blades, from Indiana, during the fifth round of their middleweight fight Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Montreal. Pascal won with a fifth round TKO.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
MONTREAL (AP) -- Adonis Stevenson retained the WBC light heavyweight title Saturday night at the Bell Centre when Tavoris Cloud failed to answer the bell for the eighth round after sustaining a cut over his right eye.
Stevenson (22-1) successfully defended the title he won in June with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson.
Cloud (24-2), the former IBF champion, also was cut on the left eyelid in the opening round.
Stevenson, from Blainville, Quebec, is the only Canadian currently with a world title. He stung Cloud with a stiff left in the opening round that left the cut and swelling on his eyelid.
Cloud rebounded in the second, but the right-hander rarely used his right hand. That drew taunting from Stevenson, who twice stood before his opponent with his arms stretched out, daring him to throw a punch.
''I'm proud, because I worked hard and I showed I can box,'' Stevenson said. ''I did everything according to my game plan.
''My corner said to go to the body. I knew the longer it went on it would be in my favor because I was wearing him down.''
Stevenson's next fight is to be a mandatory defense against England's Tony Bellew, likely early next year.
''I'm not 5-foot-10 like Cloud and I'm not scared or intimidated by Adonis Stevenson,'' said the 6-3 Bellew. ''I'll come with a game plan and execute it.''
On the undercard, former champion Jean Pascal stopped George Blades with three knockdowns in the fifth round in a light heavyweight fight. Pascal (28-2-1) used the fight as a tuneup bout for his scheduled match in January with fellow Montreal fighter Lucian Bute. Blades is 23-5-2.
''This does me an enormous amount of good,'' Pascal said after his first knockout since 2009. ''I'm a guy with power, but it had been a long time since I knocked anyone out. Now, I'll go into camp with more confidence.''
In a matchup of Colombian light heavyweights, Eleider Alvarez unanimously outpointed Edison Miranda in a 10-round bout to improve to 13-0. Alvarez had winning scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 95-94.