Tony Thompson (boxer)

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Tony Thompson
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Thompson in 2011
Statistics
Real name Anthony Tyrone Thompson
Nickname(s) The Tiger
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach 81 12 in (207 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1971-10-18) October 18, 1971 (age 45)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 40
Wins by KO 27
Losses 7

Anthony Tyrone "Tony" Thompson (born October 18, 1971) is an American professional boxer. He has challenged twice for unified world heavyweight titles, in 2008 and 2012, both times against Wladimir Klitschko.

Professional career[edit]

2000–2007: heavyweight title contention[edit]

Despite not making his professional debut until the age of 28, by late 2007, Thompson had built up an impressive record of 31 wins and a single loss. This included wins over former title contenders Dominick Guinn, Timur Ibragimov, and Luan Krasniqi. After winning a WBO heavyweight title eliminator, Thompson was appointed the mandatory position in the organization's rankings, thus setting up a showdown with then-WBO, IBF and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.

2008: Thompson vs. Wladimir Klitschko[edit]

Thompson was defeated in a late eleventh-round stoppage by Wladimir Klitschko on July 12, 2008. Despite the loss, Thompson made a solid account of himself and managed to land some punches on the dominant champion, who had seldom been hit clean by any of his opponents by that point.

2009–2011: resurgence[edit]

On April 16, 2010, Thompson won against Owen Beck, knocking him out in four rounds.[1] Following that, he won two more fights (both by stoppage) against Paul Marinaccio on November 20, 2010, and an IBF heavyweight title eliminator for the number two spot against Maurice Harris on May 26, 2011. After the withdrawal of Eddie Chambers from what would have been a final eliminator for the number one position, Thompson was nominated the official IBF challenger after accumulating five consecutive stoppage victories.

2012: Thompson vs. Wladimir Klitschko II[edit]

On July 7, 2012, Thompson faced Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, this time with Klitschko's WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles also at stake. In the sixth round, Thompson would lose by stoppage for a second time.[2]

2013: Thompson vs. Price, Pulev[edit]

In a major upset, on February 23, 2013, Thompson defeated highly touted prospect David Price by a second-round stoppage, following a single punch which floored the unbeaten 2008 Olympic bronze medalist.[3] Thompson emphatically repeated the feat on July 6, 2013, this time via fifth-round stoppage.[4] In August, Thompson faced undefeated contender Kubrat Pulev in another IBF title eliminator, in an attempt to secure a third fight with Wladimir Klitschko. After a competitive first seven rounds, Thompson faded down the stretch and allowed Pulev to take advantage by out-boxing him, and landing the more cleaner and effective shots. Following this setback, at age 41, Thompson's career at the top level was once again in doubt.

2014–2015: Thompson vs. Solis, Takam[edit]

In March 2014, Thompson resurrected his career again after defeating 2004 Olympic gold medalist and former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solís by split decision. He then went on to lose a fight via decision to Carlos Takam later that year. Thompson fought a rematch againast Solís in February 2015, forcing him to retire in his corner in the eighth round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
47 fights 40 wins 7 losses
By knockout 27 3
By decision 12 4
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
47 Loss 40–7 Cuba Luis Ortiz KO 6 (12), 2:29 Mar 5, 2016 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
46 Loss 40–6 United States Malik Scott UD 10 Oct 30, 2015 United States The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
45 Win 40–5 Cuba Odlanier Solís RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Feb 27, 2015 Turkey Gloria Sports Arena, Antalya, Turkey Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
44 Loss 39–5 France Carlos Takam UD 12 Jun 6, 2014 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France For vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title
43 Win 39–4 Cuba Odlanier Solís SD 12 Mar 22, 2014 Turkey Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdağ, Turkey Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
42 Loss 38–4 Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev UD 12 Aug 24, 2013 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany For IBF International heavyweight title
41 Win 38–3 United Kingdom David Price TKO 5 (12), 1:55 Jul 6, 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
40 Win 37–3 United Kingdom David Price TKO 2 (12), 2:17 Feb 23, 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
39 Loss 36–3 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 6 (12), 2:56 Jul 7, 2012 Switzerland Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
38 Win 36–2 United States Maurice Harris TKO 3 (12), 1:51 May 26, 2011 United States Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
37 Win 35–2 United States Paul Marinaccio TKO 4 (10), 2:02 Nov 20, 2010 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
36 Win 34–2 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 2 (10), 2:50 Apr 16, 2010 United States The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
35 Win 33–2 United States Chazz Witherspoon TKO 9 (10), 2:13 Dec 5, 2009 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
34 Win 32–2 Turkey Adnan Serin TKO 5 (10), 2:55 Mar 21, 2009 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
33 Loss 31–2 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko KO 11 (12), 1:38 Jul 12, 2008 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany For IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
32 Win 31–1 United States Cliff Couser TKO 2 (10), 1:49 Sep 27, 2007 United States Tachi Palace, Lemoore, California, U.S.
31 Win 30–1 Germany Luan Krasniqi TKO 5 (12), 2:39 Jul 14, 2007 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Won WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title
30 Win 29–1 Uzbekistan Timur Ibragimov UD 10 Feb 16, 2007 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
29 Win 28–1 United States Dominick Guinn UD 12 Jun 28, 2006 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
28 Win 27–1 United States Maurice Wheeler TKO 4 (8), 2:10 Mar 18, 2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 26–1 United States Brandon Cabell TKO 4 (10), 2:41 Jan 26, 2006 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S. Won vacant Maryland heavyweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States Willie Perryman KO 5 (8) Sep 30, 2005 United States Cache Creek Casino Resort, Brooks, California, U.S.
25 Win 24–1 United States Vaughn Bean UD 10 Sep 11, 2004 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec Canada
24 Win 23–1 United States Agustin Corpus TKO 2 (8), 2:04 Jun 19, 2004 United States City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 Cuba Yanqui Díaz UD 8 Mar 27, 2004 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Joe Lenhart TKO 1 (4), 2:32 Mar 6, 2004 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 Ivory Coast Onebo Maxime TKO 2 (6), 1:17 Dec 9, 2003 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 United States Gilbert Martinez TKO 6 (10), 2:52 Aug 22, 2003 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 United States James Gaines TKO 8 (8) Mar 7, 2003 Canada Memorial Arena, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
18 Win 17–1 United States Zuri Lawrence TKO 7 (10), 1:06 Oct 20, 2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 United States Ron Guerrero UD 5 Aug 31, 2002 United States Strawberry Field, Bridgehampton, New York, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 United States Frankie Hines TKO 1 Jul 20, 2002 United States National Guard Armory, Leesburg, Virginia, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 United States Marion Wilson UD 6 Feb 2, 2002 United States Ramada Inn, New Carrollton, Maryland, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 United States Lincoln Luke TKO 2 Nov 11, 2001 United States Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 United States Jeremiah Johnson KO 1 (6), 0:32 Jul 8, 2001 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 11–1 United States Scott Jones UD 6 Jun 21, 2001 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
11 Win 10–1 United States Chester Hughes TKO 1 (8), 2:47 May 20, 2001 United States Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.
10 Win 9–1 United States James Johnson DQ 3 Mar 17, 2001 United States Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.
9 Win 8–1 Ghana Lee Alhassan TKO 1 (6) Jan 27, 2001 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 7–1 United States Derek Amos TKO 5 Oct 19, 2000 United States Zembo Shrine Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
7 Win 6–1 United States Dana Dunston KO 3 (6), 2:07 Sep 21, 2000 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
6 Win 5–1 United States Eric Kea TKO 1 (4), 1:44 Aug 26, 2000 United States Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
5 Loss 4–1 United States Eric Kirkland UD 6 Jul 7, 2000 United States Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Maurice Gray UD 6 Jun 22, 2000 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Scott Jones UD 4 May 11, 2000 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Robert Anderson UD 4 Mar 1, 2000 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States DeShaun Harper MD 4 Jan 27, 2000 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Thompson Wrecks Owen Beck, Remains In Title Hunt - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Wladimir Klitschko to make 12th title defense in a rematch vs. Tony Thompson". Espn.go.com. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Tony Thompson stops David Price via one-punch KO". Espn.go.com. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  4. ^ "David Price's career in trouble after second defeat to Tony Thompson". The Guardian. July 6, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Hasim Rahman
Maryland heavyweight champion
January 26, 2006 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Donnell Holmes
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
June 28, 2006 – July 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris Arreola
Preceded by
Luan Krasniqi
WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
July 14, 2007 – September 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexander Dimitrenko
Vacant
Title last held by
Chris Arreola
WBC International heavyweight champion
March 22, 2014 – May 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexander Povetkin
Vacant
Title last held by
Deontay Wilder
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
February 27, 2015 – October 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Dominic Breazeale