Tavoris Cloud is the American boxer, version: 2012
He's a world titlist, ranked among the top four of the light heavyweight division and, for the most part, is an utter mystery to all but the most devout of hardcore fans.
With no drawing power to speak of, he has no leverage in making big fights happen. So, despite a title reign that hits its three-year mark in August, it will take an act of God (or HBO) to get the 30-year-old into a truly meaningful fight against one of the three names above him on the rankings.
Americans Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson (ranked No. 1 and No. 3 by The Boxing Tribune, respectively) could only muster up 40,000 sales for their mega-fail no-contest debacle last October and if the WBC-mandated rematch is to be believed and enforced, the second outing should deliver even fewer paying customers than the last. Win, lose or draw, neither fighter has been eager to call Cloud's name and will be under no real pressure to do so with no real fan base forcing t...