Veteran heavyweight Tony Thompson loses on points

Image: Tony Thompson has now lost three of his last five fights

Tony Thompson's hopes of securing a third showdown with heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko are almost certainly over after he lost to Malik Scott.

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Scott was floored by a right hand in the ninth round but climbed off the canvas to secure victory in the 10-rounder via a unanimous points decision.

Veteran southpaw Thompson had hoped to use Scott as a stepping stone to secure a showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Thompson had promised he would knockout Wilder, who was working a co-commentator, and use the belt as bait to entice Klitschko into a unification fight.

However, the 44-year-old's dreams of turning back the clock and winning a world title are in tatters following the 98-91, 96-93 and 95-94 verdict.

Scott, who improved his record to 38-2-1, fought Wilder last year but lasted only 96 seconds against the American knock-out specialist.

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