Due to unknown circumstances, this Saturday’s IBF light heavyweight title bout between champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) and Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s) has been called off. The bout was to take place in Caracas, Venezuela.
This was to be Cloud’s fifth defense since winning the title with a 12 round decision over Clinton Woods in 2009. His last defense was a controversial split decision win over Gabriel Campillo, who was dropped twice in the first round but rebounded enough to score the upset in the eyes of many viewers. Campillo filed for an immediate rematch with the IBF, but was denied. The bout against Murat was mandated by the IBF after two attempts to match Cloud with Jean Pascal were unsuccessful.
Besides being the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Murat is also the current IBF Inter-continental light heavyweight champion. He ran up an undefeated streak of 22 bouts before being stopped by Nathan Cleverly in 2010. His last outing was a seventh round stoppage of Sandro Siproshvili, who had come into the bout on a three fight losing streak himself. Like Cloud, Murat holds a controversial win over Gabriel Campillo in 2008 as well a questionable draw just a little over a year ago.
The bout will be rescheduled for a later date.