By Phil Doherty
It didn’t take long for Florida Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Al Bonanni to go from one “Slugfest” to what promises to be another when he reunited with former IBF light heavyweight Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) in Ocala yesterday. Bonanni, fresh off a successful show at Casino Miami Jai Alai this past Saturday with his company Tiburon Promotions, made the quick turnaround to join Cloud and his physical trainer and first professional coach Alonzo Johnson.
Cloud is in his third week of preparation for a chance to regain a world title–this time the WBC–against southpaw champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) on September 28 in Montreal: site of Stevenson’s spectacular first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in June.
Bonanni observed: “Cloud’s already in great shape, Coach Johnson is a very good physical trainer and we’ve worked with Cloud together a long time before. Cloud’s weight is lower than past camps.”
Bonanni laid out the former champ’s schedule for the remainder of the week, which will include technical drills and mitt-work today followed by full sparring beginning next week. Of his split with the Tallahassee native prior to his one and only loss Bonanni claimed: “That’s water under the bridge.”
“He was always a good pressure fighter, throwing fifty to sixty punches a round. His last fight he was throwing fourteen. The first thing we’ll work on is his quickness and power. I don’t know what happened in his last fight but I’m glad to be back.
He’s coming to fight.”
Bonanni plans to continue promoting following the bout with another planned card at the Casino Miami Jai Alai as soon as Thanksgiving.