Takam decisions Tony Thompson
Carlos Takam (30-1-1, 23 KOs) of Cameroon scored a 12 round unanimous decision over American Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs) in an heavyweight bout on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France.
The judges scored it 117-111, 119-109, and 117-111.
The 33-year-old Takam aggressively took the fight to the 42-year-old Thompson.
The 6’5” Thompson had problems keeping the shorter 6’2 ½” Takam off of him in every round, as Takam did an excellent job of staying close to Thompson.
Thompson had some success counter-punching. However, after the 3rd round, Thompson’s work rate slowed down, and this enabled Takam to stay in close and outwork Thompson. Takam began to punish Thompson more and more as the bout progressed. In the 7th, Thompson unloaded on Takam with a lot of nice combinations as Takam stopped throwing punches in that round, but Takam came back strong to fight well in the 8th round in nailing Thompson at will with heavy shots to the head and body. In the 11th, Takam was content to run and basically gave the round away, but in the 12th, Takam resumed taking the fight to Thompson and pounding him on the inside with hooks to the head.
Takam claimed the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title.