Carl Thompson vs Chris Eubank I WBO Cruiserweight Title Official Onsite Programme SIGNED By Carl Thompson

Carl Thompson vs Chris Eubank I WBO Cruiserweight Title Official Onsite Programme SIGNED By Carl Thompson

Carl Thompson vs Chris Eubank I WBO cruiserweight title official on-site 39 page programme SIGNED by Carl "The Cat" Thompson, also featuring Naseem Hamed vs Wilfredo Vazquez & Ricky Hatton vs Karl Taylor, 18th April 1998, Nynex Arena, Manchester.

Condition mint

Thompson W unanimous decision over 12 rounds
Thompson down in the 4th round.

Hamed W TKO 7
Vazquez down once in the 3rd, 6th, and twice in the 7th

Hatton W TKO 1

Price: £40

Carl Thompson vs Chris Eubank I - Rds 10, 11 & 12

Carl Adrian Thompson (born May 26, 1964 in Manchester, England) is a retired British boxer. He was a Former Three Times Cruiserweight Champion. Winning The WBO and IBO.

Professional Boxing Career
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.

Carl 'The Cat' Thompson was also renowned for his bravery, granite chin and on occasion snatching glorious victory from the jaws of defeat. This was evident no more so in his memorable bout with South African, Sebastian Rothman. Thompson had been on the end of a vicious beating for a whole 9 rounds. The BBC commentators on the night, Jim Neilly and Colin McMillan, were calling for Carl's retirement saying he was finished, taking this beating needlessly and that the fight should have been stopped a long time ago- and for a long time they were probably right.

In the middle of the 9th the supremely confident Rothman was going through his repertoire of punches, catching Thompson with every shot. Thompson looked shot, Rothman began to showboat and continued to pulverise Thompson, every shot more painful then the last. Rothman then forced Thomson on to the ropes and delivered a combination of sickening blows. Thompson had nowhere to go, 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 by his side for what seemed like a fraction of a second allowing Carl to deliver a sledgehammer of a 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.