Australian boxing mourns after the death of the legendary Hector Thompson in Brisbane, Wednesday (5/20/2020) early morning local time. Thompson died at the age of 70. As a former Australian and Commonwealth light-welterweight champion, Thompson fought 87 times in his 10-year professional career.
As a neat fighter who has a strong blow, Thompson fought over world titles on two separate occasions, including a meeting with Roberto Duran in 1973.
Against Duran, Thompson came with a record of 26 matches unbeaten where he won the Australian super lightweight title, the title Australian lightweight and super Commonwealth lightweight belts.
Fighting in front of the home fans in Panama City, Duran recorded 30 knockouts in 35 of his time and hopes to easily beat Thompson.
Reported by sportingnews.com, although Duran claimed an eighth-round TKO victory, but he was battered with a swollen left eye and was reportedly taken to hospital with a broken rib.
Thompson returned to the ring just five weeks after the fight against Duran, defending his super-Commonwealth lightweight title against Joe Tetteh, whose belt was taken by Thompson earlier in the year.
After winning 16 of the next 17 battles, Thompson returned to Panama to fight for another world title, this time against the super lightweight Colombian world champion Antonio Cervantes.
That is another brutal event. But, Thompson returned home empty-handed after the doctor stopped the fight before the eighth round due to injury.
Born in Kempsey, New South Wales, on June 24, 1949, Thompson grew up in a male atmosphere after the death of his mother at a young age.
Thompson is a native Australian professional boxer who competed in four different weight divisions, light, super light, welter, and junior middle classes during the 1970s and 80s.
He turned to pro boxing at the age of 19 and called boxing offering him the best opportunity to make a living and help his family. Retiring in 1980 with a record of 73-12-2 placed himself in the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.
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The ANBF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Australian and Commonwealth Champion, and Australian Hall of Famer, Hector Thompson. Hector was born in Kempsie, NSW on 24th June 1949. He competed at Lightweight, Super lightweight, Welterweight and Super Welterweight during the 1970s and 80s, and amassed a record of 73(27)-12-2. He became Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Lightweight Champ in 1973 with a victory over Joe Tetteh. He earned a shot at Roberto Duran in 1973 for the WBA World lightweight. Losing by TKO. After capturing the Commonwealth title again in 1975, he mounted an unsuccessful challenge against Antonio Cervantes for the WBA World Super Lightweight title. Hector also held the Australian Super Lightweight title from 1971 to 1977, the Australian welterweight title from 1977 to 1978 and was the Australasian welterweight champion in 1973. Known to be very humble, he lived a quiet life in Brisbane in his later years. He will be fondly remembered by all Australian Boxing fans who had the pleasure of watching him. Our deepest sympathy goes to Hectors friends, family and loved ones.
The Australian National Boxing Federation (ANBF) posted the sad news on an Instagram account (@anbf_boxing). ‘The ANBF is very sad to learn of the deaths of the Australian and Commonwealth champions, and the Australian Hall of Famer, Hector Thompson,’ wrote the ANBF.
‘Known to be very humble, he lived a quiet life in Brisbane in his final years. He will be remembered by all the Australian boxing fans who love to see him. Our deepest sympathies are addressed to Hector’s friends, family, and loved ones.’