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Five great boxing comebacks

Carl Thompson TKO 9 Sebastiaan Rothmann

February 6, 2004
Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield

Thompson challenged Rothmann for his fringe IBO cruiserweight strap on the undercard of Clinton Woods’ second of three clashes with road warrior Glen Johnson. Woods lost, Thompson and Rothmann went to war, and possibly stole the show (televised on BBC).

The big-punching South African visitor had knocked out three UK fighters in his previous trinity of visits to the island, as a long-running WBU champ. It looked for the most part of this clash that Thompson would end up the same way as he struggled to hang with Rothmann in the first quarter. Thompson tasted the canvas, but so too did Rothmann. Both could bang.

Increasing his dominance going into the ninth, Rothmann was beating “The Cat” around the ring to such an extent that some ringside observers were calling for it to be stopped. Most dangerous when hurt, wounded animal Thompson lay on the ropes and lured the champion in – with devastating consequences for Rothmann’s reign as he was laid out cold by a Thompson right hand. Carl still had life left in him; going on to knock out young hopeful David Haye in his next contest.

Steve Wellings
Honorary graduate of the Prison Canteen. Covering boxing since 2005 ~ Wolves fan ~ wannabe boxing raconteur.