Thompson title hopes back on track
Tony Thompson got his world heavyweight title hopes back on track with a split-decision victory over Odlanier Solis in Turkey.
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Thompson, who enjoyed two wins over Briton David Price last year, went into Saturday's fight on the back of a defeat to Kubrat Pulev in August, one which left his hopes of another world-title challenge hanging by a thread.
However, the 42-year-old was the better fighter in Tekirdag, claiming victory on the scorecards and with it the WBC international title.
Two judges gave the American the decision by scores of 115-114 and 115-113 but one had Cuba's Solis as the 116-112 winner.
Thompson has twice lost world-title fights to Wladimir Klitschko in the past but will now hope to push for a third crack.
For Solis, it was just a second defeat of his career - the other coming in his world-title challenge against Klitschko's brother Vitali - and he now faces a major rebuilding project following what was a disappointing display.