Carl Thompson (boxer)

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Carl Thompson
Statistics
Real name Adrian Carl Thompson
Nickname(s) The Cat
Rated at
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1964-05-26) 26 May 1964 (age 53)
Manchester, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 34
Wins by KO 25
Losses 6

Adrian Carl Thompson (born 26 May 1964) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2005. He won multiple championships at cruiserweight, most notably the WBO title from 1997 to 1999. Additionally, he held the British title twice, in 1992 and 1999; the European title twice, in 1994 and 2000; and the IBO title twice, in 2001 and 2004.

Professional 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 cruiserweight 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.

Thompson vs. Rothman[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 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 a points win over Frederic Serrat.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
40 fights 34 wins 6 losses
By knockout 25 5
By decision 9 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
40 Win 34–6 France Frédéric Serrat PTS 10 26 Nov 2005 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England
39 Win 33–6 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 5 (12), 2:53 10 Sep 2004 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England Retained IBO cruiserweight title
38 Win 32–6 South Africa Sebastiaan Rothmann TKO 9 (12), 2:57 6 Feb 2004 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England Won IBO cruiserweight title
37 Win 31–6 United Kingdom Paul Bonson PTS 6 7 Nov 2003 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England
36 Win 30–6 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani KO 1 (6), 2:01 5 Sep 2003 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England
35 Win 29–6 United Kingdom Phil Day KO 4 (6), 0:35 10 Jun 2003 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England
34 Loss 28–6 United States Ezra Sellers KO 4 (12), 1:36 26 Nov 2001 United Kingdom Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England Lost IBO cruiserweight title
33 Win 28–5 Jamaica Uriah Grant TKO 5 (12), 2:20 3 Feb 2001 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England Won IBO cruiserweight title
32 Win 27–5 Russia Alexey Ilyin TKO 2 (12) 25 Sep 2000 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, England Retained European cruiserweight title
31 Win 26–5 France Alain Simon TKO 6 (12), 2:25 13 May 2000 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, England Won vacant European cruiserweight title
30 Win 25–5 United Kingdom Terry Dunstan KO 12 (12), 2:40 3 Dec 1999 United Kingdom Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, England Won vacant British cruiserweight title
29 Loss 24–5 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson TKO 5 (12), 1:42 27 Mar 1999 United Kingdom Storm Arena, Derby, England Lost WBO cruiserweight title
28 Win 24–4 United Kingdom Chris Eubank RTD 9 (12), 3:00 18 Jul 1998 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
27 Win 23–4 United Kingdom Chris Eubank UD 12 18 Apr 1998 United Kingdom NYNEX Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
26 Win 22–4 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani SD 12 4 Oct 1997 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Won WBO cruiserweight title
25 Win 21–4 United States Keith McMurray TKO 4 (8) 26 Apr 1997 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland
24 Win 20–4 United States Jason Nicholson PTS 8 9 Nov 1996 United Kingdom NYNEX Arena, Manchester, England
23 Win 19–4 United Kingdom Albert Call TKO 5 (8) 13 Apr 1996 United Kingdom Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England
22 Loss 18–4 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani TKO 11 (12), 0:38 10 Jun 1995 United Kingdom G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England For vacant WBO cruiserweight title
21 Win 18–3 United Kingdom Tim Knight KO 5 (8) 13 Oct 1994 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France
20 Win 17–3 Brazil Dionisio Lazario Nascimento TKO 1 (6), 1:06 10 Sep 1994 United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
19 Win 16–3 France Akim Tafer TKO 6 (12) 14 Jun 1994 France Épernay, France Retained European cruiserweight title
18 Win 15–3 Italy Massimiliano Duran KO 8 (12) 2 Feb 1994 Italy Ferrara, Italy Won European cruiserweight title
17 Win 14–3 United States Willie Jake KO 3 (8) 25 Jul 1993 United Kingdom Oldham, England
16 Win 13–3 United States Steve Harvey KO 1 (8) 31 Mar 1993 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
15 Win 12–3 United States Arthur Weathers KO 2 (12) 17 Feb 1993 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won vacant WBC International cruiserweight title
14 Win 11–3 United Kingdom Steve Lewsam TKO 8 (12) 4 Jun 1992 United Kingdom Cleethorpes, England Won vacant British cruiserweight title
13 Win 10–3 United Kingdom Nicky Piper TKO 3 (8) 4 Sep 1991 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
12 Loss 9–3 Italy Yawe Davis TKO 2 (8) 1 Apr 1991 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
11 Win 9–2 United Kingdom Terry Dixon PTS 8 7 Mar 1991 United Kingdom Festival Hall, Basildon, England
10 Loss 8–2 Uganda Franco Wanyama PTS 6 21 Apr 1990 Belgium Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium
9 Loss 8–1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley TKO 6 (10) 31 Oct 1989 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England For vacant British Central Area light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Peter Brown KO 5 (8) 11 Jul 1989 United Kingdom Variety Club, Batley, England
7 Win 7–0 United Kingdom Steve Osborne PTS 8 12 Jun 1989 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Tenko Ernie KO 4 (6) 4 May 1989 United Kingdom Hilton, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Keith Halliwell TKO 1 (6), 1:04 4 Apr 1989 United Kingdom Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Sean O'Phoenix TKO 4 (6) 7 Mar 1989 United Kingdom Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Steve Osborne PTS 6 13 Feb 1989 United Kingdom Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Paul Sheldon PTS 6 11 Oct 1988 United Kingdom South Staffs Sporting Club, Wolverhampton, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Darren McKenna TKO 2 (6) 6 Jun 1988 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Derek Angol
British cruiserweight champion
4 June 1992 – February 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Dennis Andries
Vacant
Title last held by
Andrey Rudenko
WBC International cruiserweight champion
17 February 1993 – February 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Przemysław Saleta
Preceded by
Massimiliano Duran
European cruiserweight champion
2 February 1994 – January 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexander Gurov
Vacant
Title last held by
Bruce Scott
British cruiserweight champion
3 December 1999 – December 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Bruce Scott
Vacant
Title last held by
Torsten May
European cruiserweight champion
13 May 2000 – February 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexander Gurov
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Uriah Grant
IBO cruiserweight champion
3 February 2001 – 26 November 2001
Vacant
Title next held by
Ezra Sellers
Preceded by
Sebastiaan Rothmann
IBO cruiserweight champion
6 February 2004 – November 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tomasz Adamek
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Ralf Rocchigiani
WBO cruiserweight champion
4 October 1997 – 27 March 1999
Vacant
Title next held by
Johnny Nelson