After growing up with very little, in a rough neighborhood, living in a small house that sometimes housed as many as 15 other people, and beating those odds, having a boxing legend in the opposite corner does not seem as daunting a task for Tavoris Cloud.
Still, Saturday night's IBF Light Heavyweight title fight against 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins is the biggest challenge of Cloud's career and a chance to erase some of the doubts created by his last fight, a controversial split decision win over Gabriel Campillo.
"Things happen in boxing, you just have to keep working," he explained. "I know what the truth is. We all have stumbling blocks in the road and sometimes, they'll trip you up a little bit, but I'm going out there, putting on good shows and I'm going to handle my business with Bernard Hopkins."
Cloud is a hard charging, hard punching champion with 19 knockouts in his 24 wins (and zero defeats). Hopkins maintains that he will be a matador to the 31-year-old bull, but knowi...