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Undefeated light heavyweight champion, Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), took his last run this morning in Big Bear Lake, Calif., prior to departing for Brooklyn, N.Y., to make his fifth title defense on March 9 at Barclays Center against future Hall of Famer, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs), airing on HBO at 9:30 p.m.
Cloud, fromTallahassee,Fla., and his new trainer, Abel Sanchez, faced a number of challenges at their high-altitude training camp perched in the mountains east ofLos Angeles. They braved a bitterly cold January followed by heavy snowfall that Cloud noted “was beautiful.”
February brought on what Cloud said “was not a good time to be a Black man in Big Bear,” when an intense California-wide manhunt lead police to Cloud’s scenic mountain oasis in search of former Los Angeles Police Department cop, Christoper Dorner, a fugitive with a $1 million bounty on his head, after being suspected of going on a killing spree, and whose truck was found in the snow-covered woods nearBigBearLake.
Police got into a gunfight with the outlaw on Glass Roadin the Big Bear area before subsequently burning a cabin where he had holed up on Feb. 12.