Carl Thompson (boxer)

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Carl Thompson
Real name Carl Adrian Thompson
Nickname(s) The Cat
Rated at Cruiserweight
Nationality British
Born (1964-05-26) 26 May 1964 (age 50)
Manchester, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 34
Wins by KO 25
Losses 6

Carl Adrian Thompson (born 26 May 1964 in Manchester, England) is a retired British boxer and the former WBO, European, & British cruiserweight champion

Professional boxing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nicknamed "The Cat", Thompson turned professional boxer in 1988. He went 8-0 before losing to Crawford Ashley by TKO in round 6 for the British Central Area light heavyweight title after taking a thumb to the eye. In 1990 he was outpointed by Franco Wanyama, and in 1991 he was KOd by Yawe Davis. However, his punching power in his right hand brought him to contention, stopping the undefeated Nicky Piper in three rounds.

Thompson won the vacant British cruiserweight title by beating Steve Lewsam in eight rounds in June 1992, then in his next fight won the WBC International title in two rounds against Arthur 'Stormy' Weathers at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London in February 1993.

In February 1994, Thompson traveled to Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy and won the European title by defeating Massimiliano Duran by KO in eight rounds, and in his next bout knocked out France's Akim Tafer in six rounds at Epernay, Marne, France to retain his European title.

After winning two mark-time fights, Thompson was matched against Ralf Rocchigiani in a bout for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title at the G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester in June 1995. Both fighters were knocked down in round five, and Thompson lost during round eleven after dislocating his shoulder.

WBO champion[edit]

After returning with three wins, Thompson won the WBO cruiserweight title via decision over Ralf Rocchigiani in a rematch in Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany in October 1997. He defended the belt twice, beating the smaller Chris Eubank in 1998 before losing it via a controversial referee stoppage to Johnny Nelson in 1999.

Thompson regained the vacant British title with a twelfth round knockout of Terry Dunstan in December 1999, then regained the vacant European title with a sixth round stoppage of Alain Simon.

Thompson's winning streak ended in a fourth round knockout defeat to Ezra Sellers in 2001.

Rothman vs Thompson[edit]

After three low-key wins, Thompson met South African, Sebastian Rothman. Thompson had been on the end of beating for most of the bout. The BBC commentators on the night, Jim Neilly and Colin McMillan, were calling for Carl's retirement, saying he was finished, taking the beating needlessly, and that the fight should have been stopped.

Rothman forced Thompson on to the ropes during the ninth round and the referee looked at Thompson ready to stop the fight. Somehow Thompson got away from the ropes and forced Rothman into the middle of the ring. With 17 seconds remaining in the round, Rothman dropped his left hand for what seemed like a fraction of a second, allowing Carl to deliver a flush right hand to the South African's head knocking him to the canvas.

Rothman bravely tried to get back on his feet but his legs had gone and the referee had no option but to stop the fight, handing Thompson a famous victory.[1][2]

Thompson vs Haye[edit]

In September 2004 at 40 years of age, Thompson boxed the up-and-coming David Haye in a classic 'youth vs experience' matchup. Haye started fast and alarmingly caught Thompson with constant barrages of power punches, coming close to forcing a stoppage at numerous points over the first few rounds.

Gradually, despite the early punishment he received, Thompson warmed up and worked his way into the fight whilst Haye seemed to tire and slow down. Thompson began to pressure Haye and knocked Haye down with a chopping right hand in round five. With seven seconds left in the round, Thompson landed two jabs followed by a flush right hand which rocked a fatigued Haye, and compelled Haye's corner to throw in the towel.

Thompson retired at the end of 2005 after an unimpressive points win over Frederic Serrat.

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (25 KOs), 6 Losses (5 KOs) [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Win 34-6 France Frederic Serrat PTS 10 2005-11-26 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England
Win 33-6 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 5 (12),
2004-09-10 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England
Win 32-6 South Africa Sebastiaan Rothmann TKO 9 (12),
2004-02-06 United Kingdom Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England
Win 31-6 United Kingdom Paul Bonson PTS 6 2003-11-07 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England
Win 30-6 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani KO 1 (6),
2003-09-05 United Kingdom Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England
Win 29-6 United Kingdom Phil Day KO 4 (6),
2003-06-10 United Kingdom Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England
Loss 28-6 United States Ezra Sellers KO 4 (12),
2001-11-26 United Kingdom Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England
Win 28-5 Jamaica Uriah Grant TKO 5 (12),
2001-02-03 United Kingdom Bowler's Arena, Manchester, England
Win 27-5 Russia Alexey Ilyin TKO 2 (12),
2000-09-25 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England Retained European cruiserweight title.
Win 26-5 France Alain Simon TKO 6 2000-05-13 United Kingdom Barnsley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Won vacant European cruiserweight title.
Win 25-5 United Kingdom Terry Dunstan KO 12 (12),
1999-12-03 United Kingdom Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England Won vacant British cruiserweight title.
Loss 24-5 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson TKO 5 (12),
1999-03-27 United Kingdom Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire, England Lost WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 24-4 United Kingdom Chris Eubank RTD 9 (12),
1998-07-18 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 23-4 United Kingdom Chris Eubank UD 12 1998-04-18 United Kingdom Nynex Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 22-4 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani SD 12 1997-10-04 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Won WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 21-4 United States Keith McMurray TKO 4 (8),
1997-04-26 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
Win 20-4 United States Jason Nicholson PTS 8 1996-11-09 United Kingdom Nynex Arena, Manchester, England
Win 19-4 United Kingdom Albert Call TKO 5 (8),
1996-04-13 United Kingdom Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England
Loss 18-4 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani TKO 11 (12),
1995-06-10 United Kingdom G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, England For vacant WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 18-3 United Kingdom Tim Knight KO 5 (8),
1994-10-13 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 17-3 Brazil Dionisio Lazario Nascimento TKO 1 (6),
1994-09-10 United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Win 16-3 France Akim Tafer TKO 6 (12),
1994-06-14 France Epernay, Marne, France Retained European cruiserweight title.
Win 15-3 Italy Massimiliano Duran KO 8 (12),
1994-02-02 Italy Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy Won European cruiserweight title.
Win 14-3 United States Willie Jake KO 3 (8),
1993-07-25 United Kingdom Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Win 13-3 United States Steve Harvey KO 1 (8),
1993-03-31 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 12-3 United States Arthur Weathers KO 2 (12),
1993-02-17 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Won WBC International cruiserweight title.
Win 11-3 United Kingdom Steve Lewsam TKO 8 (12),
1992-06-04 United Kingdom Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England Won vacant British cruiserweight title.
Win 10-3 United Kingdom Nicky Piper TKO 3 (8),
1991-09-04 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Loss 9-3 Italy Yawe Davis TKO 2 (8),
1991-04-01 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 9-2 United Kingdom Terry Dixon PTS 8 1991-03-07 United Kingdom Festival Hall, Basildon, Essex, England
Loss 8-2 Uganda Franco Wanyama PTS 6 1990-04-21 Belgium Sint-Amandsberg, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Loss 8-1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley TKO 6 (10),
1989-10-31 United Kingdom Bowlers Club, Manchester, England
Win 8-0 United Kingdom Peter Brown KO 5 (8),
1989-07-11 United Kingdom Frontier Club, Batley, Yorkshire, England
Win 7-0 United Kingdom Steve Osborne PTS 8 1989-06-12 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England
Win 6-0 United Kingdom Tenko Ernie KO 4 (6),
1989-05-04 United Kingdom Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
Win 5-0 United Kingdom Keith Halliwell TKO 1 (6),
1989-04-04 United Kingdom Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England
Win 4-0 United Kingdom Sean O'Phoenix TKO 4 (6),
1989-03-07 United Kingdom Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England
Win 3-0 United Kingdom Steve Osborne PTS 6 1989-02-13 United Kingdom Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England
Win 2-0 United Kingdom Paul Sheldon PTS 6 1988-10-11 United Kingdom South Staffs Sporting Club, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
Win 1-0 United Kingdom Darren McKenna TKO 2 (6),
1988-06-06 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England Professional debut.


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Preceded by
Ralf Rocchigiani
WBO Cruiserweight Champion
4 October 1997 - 27 March 1999
Succeeded by
Johnny Nelson
Preceded by
Uriah Grant
IBO Cruiserweight Champion
3 February 2001 - 26 November 2001
Succeeded by
Ezra Sellers
Preceded by
Sebastiaan Rothmann
IBO Cruiserweight Champion
6 February 2004 - 26 November 2005
Title next held by
Tomasz Adamek