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Canada's Pascal to face Cloud for IBF light heavyweight title

The Canadian Press

4/30/2012 8:43:33 PM

MONTREAL -- Jean Pascal is getting another shot at world boxing title.

The Laval, Que., fighter will take on International Boxing Federation champion Tavoris Cloud on Aug. 11, probably in Montreal or Quebec City, promoter Yvon Michel announced Monday.

Pascal (26-2-1) has not fought since last May 21, when he lost his WBC title to veteran Bernard Hopkins by decision in Montreal.

Cloud (24-0), of Tallahassee, Fla., will make his fifth defence of the belt he won with a victory in 2009 over Clinton Woods. In his last bout on Feb. 18, Cloud won a 12-round decision over former WBA champion Gabriel Campilo.

The 29-year-old Pascal should be the favourite as he has faced the tougher competition in recent years. He took the WBC title in 2009 and defended it four times, including a win over Chad Dawson and a majority decision over Hopkins in their first meeting in December, 2010. Dawson won the belt from Hopkins by decision on Saturday.

Cloud has fought mainly second-tier opponents, although he scored a decision over veteran Glen Johnson in August, 2010.

Michel said it took four months of talks with Cloud's promoter Don King to arrange the fight. Then both sides reached deals in the last few days with the U.S. specialty channel Showtime, which will air the bout.

"I took a week of vacation in Fort Lauderdale just before Easter and I think I saw more of Don King than I saw my girlfriend," Michel said. "But finally, we made an agreement."

Michel also said that South African super-middleweight Thomas Oosthuizen (19-0) has turned down an offer to face to Adonis Stevenson (18-1) of Montreal to decide the top ranked contender in the IBF.

Lucian Bute of Montreal will defend the IBF title May 26 in England against Carl Froch.