Posted: December 9, 2016 in Midas News

Nicknamed “The Cat”, Thompson turned professional boxer in 1988. He went 8-0 before losing to light-heavy Crawford Ashley by TKO in round 6 for the BBBofC Central Area light heavyweight title. In 1990 he was outpointed by Franco Wanyama, in 1991 he was KOd by Yawe Davis. But his world class power in his right hand brought him to contention nevertheless stopping fighters like undefeated Nicky Piper. He won the European title vs Massimiliano Duran by KO and KOd contender Akim Tafer, both victories on the road but failed in a bid for the WBO title when he was stopped in the 11th round against Ralf Rocchigiani. Eventually he won the WBO Cruiserweight Title via decision over Ralf Rocchigiani in a rematch in 1997. He defended the belt twice, beating the smaller Chris Eubank in 1998 before losing it to Johnny Nelson in 1999. After the Nelson loss, he had a winning streak that ended in knock out fashion in round 4 by Ezra Sellers in 2001. He continued fighting for four more years, although the most notable opponent he surprisingly finished off was the undefeated amateur star and future world champion David Haye by TKO in round 5. He retired in November 2005.

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