IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud has accused Jean
Pascal of ducking him after the Canadian pulled out their scheduled
August 11 meeting.
Pascal, the former WBC belt-holder at 175lbs, has withdraw from
the contest after sustaining a hand injury in training.
Cloud, however, believes Pascal has faked the injury to avoid
He said: "I don't believe he has a hand injury. We believe he
was unprepared for the fight on August 11 so he had to use politics
and try to manoeuvre himself out of an ass whipping.
"I'll wait for him. It gives me more confidence because I know I
got the edge on him and I'm not gonna give up the edge. I'm gonna
keep the pressure on him."
Cloud's trainer Al Bonanni was also not convinced by the reasons
given for the fight's cancellation.
"I think he has known for some time that he was not fit to fight
for whatever reason. He hasn't fought for (more than a year)," he
"We would have just destroyed him. We would have gone through
him like (expletive) through a goose. Whether it's his hand, or his
weight, or he has no (expletive), is of no consequence to us.
"It's just typical in the life of Tavoris Cloud. We're always
ready and then something comes up.
"We want to reschedule the fight. If he needs 30 days or
whatever, we'll give him the time."