Carl Thompson (boxer)
|Real name||Carl Adrian Thompson|
26 May 1964 |
|Wins by KO||25|
Professional boxing career
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.
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
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.
Thompson vs Haye
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
|34 Wins (25 KOs), 6 Losses (5 KOs) |
|Win||34-6||Frederic Serrat||PTS||10||2005-11-26||Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England|
|Win||33-6||David Haye||TKO||5 (12),
|2004-09-10||Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England|
|Win||32-6||Sebastiaan Rothmann||TKO||9 (12),
|2004-02-06||Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England|
|Win||31-6||Paul Bonson||PTS||6||2003-11-07||Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England|
|Win||30-6||Hastings Rasani||KO||1 (6),
|2003-09-05||Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England|
|Win||29-6||Phil Day||KO||4 (6),
|2003-06-10||Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England|
|Loss||28-6||Ezra Sellers||KO||4 (12),
|2001-11-26||Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England|
|Win||28-5||Uriah Grant||TKO||5 (12),
|2001-02-03||Bowler's Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||27-5||Alexey Ilyin||TKO||2 (12),
|2000-09-25||Metrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England||Retained European cruiserweight title.|
|Win||26-5||Alain Simon||TKO||6||2000-05-13||Barnsley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||Won vacant European cruiserweight title.|
|Win||25-5||Terry Dunstan||KO||12 (12),
|1999-12-03||Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England||Won vacant British cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||24-5||Johnny Nelson||TKO||5 (12),
|1999-03-27||Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire, England||Lost WBO cruiserweight title.|
|Win||24-4||Chris Eubank||RTD||9 (12),
|1998-07-18||Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England||Retained WBO cruiserweight title.|
|Win||23-4||Chris Eubank||UD||12||1998-04-18||Nynex Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO cruiserweight title.|
|Win||22-4||Ralf Rocchigiani||SD||12||1997-10-04||Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany||Won WBO cruiserweight title.|
|Win||21-4||Keith McMurray||TKO||4 (8),
|1997-04-26||Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland|
|Win||20-4||Jason Nicholson||PTS||8||1996-11-09||Nynex Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||19-4||Albert Call||TKO||5 (8),
|1996-04-13||Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England|
|Loss||18-4||Ralf Rocchigiani||TKO||11 (12),
|1995-06-10||G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, England||For vacant WBO cruiserweight title.|
|Win||18-3||Tim Knight||KO||5 (8),
|1994-10-13||Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France|
|Win||17-3||Dionisio Lazario Nascimento||TKO||1 (6),
|1994-09-10||National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands, England|
|Win||16-3||Akim Tafer||TKO||6 (12),
|1994-06-14||Epernay, Marne, France||Retained European cruiserweight title.|
|Win||15-3||Massimiliano Duran||KO||8 (12),
|1994-02-02||Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy||Won European cruiserweight title.|
|Win||14-3||Willie Jake||KO||3 (8),
|1993-07-25||Oldham, Greater Manchester, England|
|Win||13-3||Steve Harvey||KO||1 (8),
|1993-03-31||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England|
|Win||12-3||Arthur Weathers||KO||2 (12),
|1993-02-17||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England||Won WBC International cruiserweight title.|
|Win||11-3||Steve Lewsam||TKO||8 (12),
|1992-06-04||Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England||Won vacant British cruiserweight title.|
|Win||10-3||Nicky Piper||TKO||3 (8),
|1991-09-04||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England|
|Loss||9-3||Yawe Davis||TKO||2 (8),
|1991-04-01||Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Win||9-2||Terry Dixon||PTS||8||1991-03-07||Festival Hall, Basildon, Essex, England|
|Loss||8-2||Franco Wanyama||PTS||6||1990-04-21||Sint-Amandsberg, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Loss||8-1||Crawford Ashley||TKO||6 (10),
|1989-10-31||Bowlers Club, Manchester, England|
|Win||8-0||Peter Brown||KO||5 (8),
|1989-07-11||Frontier Club, Batley, Yorkshire, England|
|Win||7-0||Steve Osborne||PTS||8||1989-06-12||Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England|
|Win||6-0||Tenko Ernie||KO||4 (6),
|1989-05-04||Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, England|
|Win||5-0||Keith Halliwell||TKO||1 (6),
|1989-04-04||Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England|
|Win||4-0||Sean O'Phoenix||TKO||4 (6),
|1989-03-07||Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England|
|Win||3-0||Steve Osborne||PTS||6||1989-02-13||Anglo American Sporting Club, Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, England|
|Win||2-0||Paul Sheldon||PTS||6||1988-10-11||South Staffs Sporting Club, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England|
|Win||1-0||Darren McKenna||TKO||2 (6),
|1988-06-06||Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England||Professional debut.|
- Thompson produces one punch to capture title, 9 February 2004, The Indeoendent. Retrieved on 8 Novemnber 2009.
- The Soldier looks to give Bell hell, 26 August 2005, The Sweet Science. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
|WBO Cruiserweight Champion
4 October 1997 - 27 March 1999
|IBO Cruiserweight Champion
3 February 2001 - 26 November 2001
|IBO Cruiserweight Champion
6 February 2004 - 26 November 2005
Title next held byTomasz Adamek