Cloud left high and dry
Pascal pulls out of title fight with hand injury
Last Updated: July 26, 2012 9:48am
Tavoris Cloud: Another setback for IBF champion (pic - Esther Lin/SHOWTIME )
The mouth-watering clash between IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal on August 11 is off.
Cloud was due to make the fifth defence of the title he won against Britain's Clinton Woods in 2009, but Pascal has pulled out with a hand injury.
Pascal is the former WBC champion but has fought just once in 18 months, in a rematch with Bernard Hopkins last May when the veteran became the oldest-ever world champion at 46 with a narrow points win.
It is another disappointment in the career of the unbeaten Cloud, who claims he is avoided by the big names at 175lbs.
It is hoped the match-up with Pascal can be re-arranged for October, although TV network Showtime already has a busy schedule that month.