| John Thompson Looks To keep Boxing Record intact on Dec. 1|
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Nov 20, 2012)
In his young career, 23-year-old light middleweight
prospect John “Apollo Kid” Thompson has already made a statement in the boxing
world. Progressively getting better
through each of his wins, the undefeated pugilist has caught the attention of
top promoters in the game, earning the chance to fight in the grand Mecca of
boxing—Madison Square Garden—in only his 10th professional
As part of an action packed undercard leading up to
the WBA world light middleweight title fight between belt holder Austin Trout
and Miguel Cotto on December 1, Thompson will go to battle against an opponent
to be named as he looks to continue his winning ways and work his way up a
fighting on the grand stage of the Garden,
Thompson commented, “This is a big thing for me. A lot of people are
going to be there. On a championship fight card, it is a great
opportunity to be seen and get my name out there.”
Thompson (9-0, 3 KO) has had a busy year within the
squared circle, stepping between the ropes six times within the first six
months of the year, but hasn’t fought since June when he won a unanimous
decision on a Tomasz Adamek undercard.
But the slick and crafty light middleweight doesn’t
feel the inactivity from the ring will present a problem next Saturday
“Although I haven’t been active as far as fighting
goes, I still have been sparring and working out hard,” said Thompson. “Training never stops.”
Following his last fight, Thompson’s team felt he
needed work to make a few adjustments to keep him progressing along in his
career and continue his bid to fight for a world championship one day, and so
renowned trainer Buddy McGirt was brought on board, and Thompson’s father was
made second in charge.
Training out of Elite Heat boxing gym in Newark, NJ,
Thompson has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming prospects
within the division due to his fast hands and feet, ring smarts and ability to
execute during the fight.
In preparation for his upcoming bout next Saturday
night, Thompson has been working with stable mate and WBA world light
middleweight champion Austin Trout in conjunction with Greg Cohen Promotions
and manager William Mielnicki.
With only nine fights under his belt, the young light
middleweight already has displayed the poise and ring sense of a veteran of the
game, and has shown each trip between the ropes his drive to get better.
“My dad got me in the boxing gym at the age of four,
and when I was six I began competing,” said Thompson. “He always told me that you want the last
round to look better than the first round.
In the first round you’re not supposed to be trying to conserve
energy…boxing is 90 percent mental, and 10 percent physical. You have to be strong mentally to be able to
Thompson has the chance to show the boxing world
what he has December 1 when he goes to battle at MSG, and an impressive win can
easily put him in line to be fighting for one of the belts in early 2013.
“Going forward next year, I plan to have a couple
bigger fights, and try to move my way up the ranks. That’s my goal for next year, and I want to
win a belt.”
John Thompson has the skills and tools to make a big
name for himself in the light middleweight division, and if his first nine
fights are indicative of what lies ahead for the young fighter, then it seems
he will have a promising future.
Watch John “Apollo Kid” Thompson continue his
escalation through the light middleweight ranks at Madison Square Garden on
For more information on Thompson and Elite Heat
Boxing visit http://eliteheatgym.com/.
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