Tavoris Cloud reunites with familiar faces to train


Coming up

•  Friday (11:30 p.m., Telemundo-Ch. 51): David Carmona vs. Antonio Garcia, 12, junior bantamweights.

•  Saturday (10:15 p.m., HBO): Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera, 12, super middleweights; Adonis Stevenson vs. Tavoris Cloud, 12, for Stevenson’s WBC light-heavyweight title.

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Reunited and it feels so good. Reunited ’cause we understood.

Tavoris Cloud and Al Bonanni certainly could borrow the lyrics from the popular Peaches and Herb ballad, Reunited, of the late 1970s to describe their recent reconciliation after a one-fight breakup.

Fighter and trainer are together again as Cloud, a former light-heavyweight champion, will have Bonanni in his corner when Cloud fights Adonis Stevenson on Saturday night in Montreal.

For Cloud, a Tallahassee resident, the bout against Stevenson will be an opportunity to reclaim another light-heavyweight belt under supervision that guided him to his first career accomplishments.

“It’s great having Al back in camp,” Cloud said Friday from Ocala, where he is training for the Stevenson bout. “I really don’t have much to say. I am just glad to have another opportunity.”

Cloud, 31, did not disclose the reason why he rehired Bonanni and co-trainer Alonzo Johnson to prepare him for Stevenson, who won the World Boxing Council title after his first-round knockout win over former champion Chad Dawson on June 8.

“I am confident with all the decisions I make,” Cloud said.

Seeking a change in guidance, Cloud brought in Abel Sanchez to train him for his International Boxing Federation title defense against Bernard Hopkins on March 9.

Hopkins, 48, was the busier puncher and won a unanimous decision to reset the record of oldest fighter to capture a world crown that he established two years earlier.

“I don’t think Cloud was in shape for that fight,” Bonanni said. “Against Hopkins, he was throwing 10 to 14 punches a round, when he usually throws 30.

“You can’t take anything away from what Bernard Hopkins accomplished. He’s a sly dog, but, with Alonzo and I, Cloud would always take the fight to his opponent.”

A Davie resident, Bonanni had been with Cloud for nine years and trained him for his title-winning performance against Clinton Woods four years ago and four subsequent defenses.

Although disappointed when Cloud changed trainers, Bonanni believed the two would work together again.

“After the Hopkins fight, I just had a premonition that I would hear from him,” said Bonanni, who promoted two cards at Casino Miami Jai-Alai when he didn’t train Cloud. “He called me about six weeks ago and said he felt it was time to work again.

“Camp has been great. Alonzo has made Tavoris work on some drills that will show the ferocity typical of his previous fights. We are very confident that Tavoris will become world champion.”

Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) understands the daunting task of fighting in Stevenson’s hometown but looks forward to disappointing the majority of fans that will cheer for Stevenson at the Bell Center.

“I have everything to gain but also everything to lose in this fight,” Cloud said. “Fighting in [Stevenson’s] backyard is definitely motivation. I can’t wait for that bell to ring.”

Bonanni said he is negotiating with Casino Miami Jai-Alai to have another show before the end of the year.

“We are looking at sometime in late November or early December,” Bonanni said.

Sunrise bouts continue

Monday night boxing will be showcased at the BB&T Center on Oct. 14. Golden Boy Promotions will present the third of its four scheduled shows at the home of the Panthers.

Junior-middleweights Jermell Charlo and Jose Angel Rodriguez will fight in the card’s main event. For information, call 800-745-3000.

Golden Boy promoted shows at BB&T Center in January and June, and plans to present a fourth card early next year.

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