|Real name||Adrian Carl Thompson|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Born||26 May 1964|
|Wins by KO||25|
Adrian Carl Thompson (born 26 May 1964) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2005. He held multiple championships at cruiserweight, including the WBO title between 1997 and 1999, and the IBO title twice between 2001 and 2005. Additionally, he held the British title in 1992 and 1999, and the European title in 1994 and 2000. He is also a former Muay Thai fighter, who fought in 1987 and 1989 for World Titles.
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.
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.
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.
|40 fights||34 wins||6 losses|
|40||Win||34–6||PTS||10||26 Nov 2005|
|39||Win||33–6||TKO||5 (12), 2:53||10 Sep 2004||Retained IBO cruiserweight title|
|38||Win||32–6||TKO||9 (12), 2:57||6 Feb 2004||Won IBO cruiserweight title|
|37||Win||31–6||PTS||6||7 Nov 2003|
|36||Win||30–6||KO||1 (6), 2:01||5 Sep 2003|
|35||Win||29–6||KO||4 (6), 0:35||10 Jun 2003|
|34||Loss||28–6||KO||4 (12), 1:36||26 Nov 2001||Lost IBO cruiserweight title|
|33||Win||28–5||TKO||5 (12), 2:20||3 Feb 2001||Won IBO cruiserweight title|
|32||Win||27–5||TKO||2 (12)||25 Sep 2000||Retained European cruiserweight title|
|31||Win||26–5||TKO||6 (12), 2:25||13 May 2000||Won vacant European cruiserweight title|
|30||Win||25–5||KO||12 (12), 2:40||3 Dec 1999||Won vacant British cruiserweight title|
|29||Loss||24–5||TKO||5 (12), 1:42||27 Mar 1999||Lost WBO cruiserweight title|
|28||Win||24–4||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||18 Jul 1998||Retained WBO cruiserweight title|
|27||Win||23–4||UD||12||18 Apr 1998||Retained WBO cruiserweight title|
|26||Win||22–4||SD||12||4 Oct 1997||Won WBO cruiserweight title|
|25||Win||21–4||TKO||4 (8)||26 Apr 1997|
|24||Win||20–4||PTS||8||9 Nov 1996|
|23||Win||19–4||TKO||5 (8)||13 Apr 1996|
|22||Loss||18–4||TKO||11 (12), 0:38||10 Jun 1995||For vacant WBO cruiserweight title|
|21||Win||18–3||KO||5 (8)||13 Oct 1994|
|20||Win||17–3||TKO||1 (6), 1:06||10 Sep 1994|
|19||Win||16–3||TKO||6 (12)||14 Jun 1994||Retained European cruiserweight title|
|18||Win||15–3||KO||8 (12)||2 Feb 1994||Won European cruiserweight title|
|17||Win||14–3||KO||3 (8)||25 Jul 1993|
|16||Win||13–3||KO||1 (8)||31 Mar 1993|
|15||Win||12–3||KO||2 (12)||17 Feb 1993||Won vacant WBC International cruiserweight title|
|14||Win||11–3||TKO||8 (12)||4 Jun 1992||Won vacant British cruiserweight title|
|13||Win||10–3||TKO||3 (8)||4 Sep 1991|
|12||Loss||9–3||TKO||2 (8)||1 Apr 1991|
|11||Win||9–2||PTS||8||7 Mar 1991|
|10||Loss||8–2||PTS||6||21 Apr 1990|
|9||Loss||8–1||TKO||6 (10)||31 Oct 1989||For vacant British Central Area light-heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||KO||5 (8)||11 Jul 1989|
|7||Win||7–0||PTS||8||12 Jun 1989|
|6||Win||6–0||KO||4 (6)||4 May 1989|
|5||Win||5–0||TKO||1 (6), 1:04||4 Apr 1989|
|4||Win||4–0||TKO||4 (6)||7 Mar 1989|
|3||Win||3–0||PTS||6||13 Feb 1989|
|2||Win||2–0||PTS||6||11 Oct 1988|
|1||Win||1–0||TKO||2 (6)||6 Jun 1988||Professional debut|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byDerek Angol
| British cruiserweight champion |
4 June 1992 – February 1994
Title next held byDennis Andries
Title last held byAndrey Rudenko
| WBC International|
17 February 1993 – February 1994
Title next held byPrzemysław Saleta
| European cruiserweight champion |
2 February 1994 – January 1995
Title next held byAlexander Gurov
Title last held byBruce Scott
| British cruiserweight champion|
3 December 1999 – December 2000
Title next held byBruce Scott
Title last held byTorsten May
| European cruiserweight champion|
13 May 2000 – February 2001
Title next held byAlexander Gurov
|Minor world boxing titles|
| IBO cruiserweight champion |
3 February 2001 – 26 November 2001
Title next held byEzra Sellers
| IBO cruiserweight champion|
6 February 2004 – November 2005
Title next held byTomasz Adamek
|Major world boxing titles|
| WBO cruiserweight champion |
4 October 1997 – 27 March 1999
Title next held byJohnny Nelson