Tavoris Cloud heads to Chicago for Friday night main event

09.05.07 - Literally packing as he spoke from his home in Tallahassee, Florida, undefeated light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud prepared to leave for Chicago and his main event battle with Jim Strohl this Friday night at Cicero Stadium at MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer..

Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 7:00pm with the first bell at 8:00pm. Tickets are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800.

Fast becoming one of the sports hottest prospects, Cloud shared his thoughts on his training, his first ten rounder, fighting in Chicago and his future.

“I’m leaving in the morning and looking forward to putting on another great show for the fans in Chicago. We've been in camp now for seven weeks and I'm in terrific shape. Sparring has been terrific down here and I'm ready to get in the ring on Friday night.”

Speaking about facing veteran Jim Strohl in his first ten rounder, Cloud said, “I'm prepared for whatever he brings to the fight. If I need to box, I'm confident in my skills, if I need fight then I've got no problem making adjustments on the fly, whatever it takes. I train like it’s a world title fight so I'm always in great shape.”

“The ten rounds is no problem, if it comes down to having to go ten, I'm fine with that, but if I get him hurt, I'm going to look to close the show” said Cloud who has stunned the Chicago crowds with his devastating knockouts in his last five fights.

“I love fighting in Chicago, the fans have gotten a real opportunity to see me improve over the last year and they've been very supportive.”

About his future fights, Cloud said, “For this week, it’s all about Jim Strohl, but I'm ready to fight anyone at 175.”

Currently sporting a record of 14-0 with 13 knockouts, Cloud is ranked #6 by the USBA, #15 by the NABF and #12 by the NABO

The full MANO A MANO fight card is;

Tavoris Cloud vs. Jim Strohl, ten rounds, light heavyweights

Carl Davis vs. Zack Page, ten rounds, heavyweights

Angel Hernandez vs. TBA, six rounds, middleweights

Leo Martinez vs. David Maund, six rounds, lightweights

Jeff Curran vs. Guadalupe Diaz, four rounds, junior middleweights

More information on this event will be announced shortly.

Master of Ceremonies for this event will be nationally known ring announcer, Thomas Treiber.

The weigh-in for MANO A MANO will take place at 7pm on Thursday, May, 10th at Club Aquarius, 2459 N. Pulaski on the northwest side of Chicago

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1997 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

Article posted on 09.05.2007

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