In the Ring – – All American Clash -By Billie Marshall

Undefeated Tavoris Cloud will face future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins after the IBF approved the March 9th bout in Brooklyn for the all American clash.

48 year old Hopkins is a 60 fight veteran and will become the oldest world champion in history, breaking his own current record, should he defeat the hard hitting 30 year old from Florida.

Cloud is the current IBF light-heavyweight champion After defeating Clinton Woods in 2009 before making 4 successful defences against the likes of Glen Johnson and Fulgencio Zuniga.

Cloud, duly nicknamed ‘Thunder’ has knocked out 19 of his 24 opponents, however at the age of 48, Hopkins still could prove to be the hardest fight of the champions career to date.

Hopkins believes, even though he is 18 years older than his opponent, he can still walk away as the new IBF light-heavyweight champion come March 9th.

He said: ” Some people are trying to write my destiny, but when you see a guy that has a track record that has proven to be more right than wrong over 28 years, Cloud has to say that he has a challenge. In reality, he is going to have to train harder than he ever has before.”

Bernard Hopkins later added that if you were a betting man ‘the smart money would be on him’.

Hopkins has been out of the ring since losing to Chad Dawson by a 12 round majority decision in April 2012, meaning an 11 month lay-off before a title fight could see the veteran with a little ring rust.

However Tavoris Cloud hasn’t fought since winning a controversial 12 round split decision over Gabriel Campillo in February of 2012. An equally long break for a fighter supposedly in the prime of his career.

The winner will have to defend the title against mandatory challenger Karo Murat, despite a more appealing fight against WBO champion Nathan Cleverley preferred.

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