Feature | Premium | Jun 14 2019

My Night: Carl ‘The Cat’ Thompson cashes in one of his nine lives in France

Carl Thompson describes the night he won the European title to prove the doubters wrong for the first time
Carl Thompson
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I’VE had so many memorable fights it is hard to pinpoint one but I suppose the fight that stands out was my European title defence against Akim Tafer. Basically, no one gave me much of a chance, it was in France, there was no [English] press there and no one there with me apart from my trainer Billy Graham and [manager] Nat Basso.

I trained hard, I always did. I was in my peak shape for Massimiliano Duran [the fight before, when he won the European belt in Italy] – that’s the only time I thought, ‘My word, am I in good shape?’ But I trained hard for every one of my fights and I was ready for Tafer.

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