Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight champion, John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson to fight Liam Smith for vacant WBO Jr. Middleweight title on October 10 in Manchester, England
Philadelphia, PA (August 24, 2015) – Boxcino 2015 champion John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson has signed to face undefeated Liam Smith for the vacant WBO world Jr. Middleweight title on October 10th in Manchester, England.
Thompson joins Willie Monroe Jr. as the 2nd Boxcino champion to fight for a world title in a five month span.
Thompson (17-1, 6 KO’s) of Newark, New Jersey will participating in his first world title bout.
Thompson is co-promoted by Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions and Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions.
Thompson gained the opportunity on the strength of winning the Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight tournament with wins over Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1), Stanyslav Skorkhod (9-0) and a 2nd round stoppage over Brandon Adams (17-1).
“I am excited. These doors keep opening, and I just walk through them and close them. I have to do my job. I am going into this fight making sure that I am in tip-top shape. For me, the Boxcino tournament was a great opportunity to be established. It is a strong platform to show my talents. I fought very tough competition, and I knew from the beginning that’s how you get prepared for these types of fights,” said Thompson.
“I am very proud of John. He was a last minute replacement in Boxcino. He went on to win to the tournament in style by scoring a spectacular knockout over the heavily favored Brandon Adams. When the opportunity came about to fight Liam Smith for the title, John jumped all over it and said make it happen. John is a real fighter and understands when these types of opportunities come up, they are few are far between, and he jumped at the opportunity to fight for the WBO Jr. Middleweight world championship,” said Arthur Pelullo of Banner Promotions
Said Vito Mielnicki, President of GH3 Promotions, “John was the first fighter I signed at GH3 Promotions. He always has taken the tough fights as you look at his history. I feel he is by far the more dominant fighter in this fight, and he will show his talent on October 10. It won’t matter that he his going into Smith’s Backyard, John will put on a great performance.”
The bout is promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, in association with Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions.
The Smith – Thompson bout will join the WBO Middleweight title fight between Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders, as well as Terry Flanagan defending his WBO Lightweight title against Diego Magdaleno, which wil make up a championship triple-header on October 10th from Manchester, England.
Philadelphia, PA (July 2, 2015)–The two champions from the 2015 Boxcino tournament, Heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and Jr. Middleweight John Thompson have each entered the world rankings on the strength of their tournament wins.
Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO’s) of Russia defeated Donovan Dennis by 8th round stoppage on May 22nd and is ranked #7 by the WBO and #15 by the WBA.
Thompson (17-1, 6 KO’s) of Newark, NJ stopped the tournament favorite Brandon Adams with a sensational 2nd round knockout and is ranked ranked #4 by the WBO and #10 by the WBA.
“John and Andrey both did a great job in the tournament and they have bright futures ahead of them,” said Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo.
Newark, NJ (June 3, 2015)–Just two weeks after winning the 2015 Boxcino Jr, Middleweight tournament, John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson (17-1, 6 KO’s) is already getting back in shape and wants a quick ring return.
Thompson won his title by stopping Brandon Adams in two rounds on May 22 in Corona, California, in what was the last show of ESPN Friday Night Fights.
“Everything is going well. I am already back working out. I have been receiving a lot of calls to do interviews and being acknowledged,” said Thompson.
“I am going back to down to camp this weekend and start preparing for my next fight.”
Thompson credits his self belief for his success and knows that the best is yet to come.
“I always had big confidence in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself, you already lost. My goal is to be number-one.”
“I am just ready to get back in the ring and put on a good show, entertain and continue to win,” finished Thompson.
Thompson is promoted by GH3 Promotions and Banner Promotions.
Corona, California (May 26, 2015)–Memorial Day weekend started out with a bang as Andrey Fedosov and John Thompson were crowned Boxcino 2015 champions in the Heavyweight and Jr. Middleweight divisions with stoppage wins over Donovan Dennis and Brandon Adams this past Friday night at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena.
The Boxcino Tournament was promoted by Banner Promotions, while Friday’s card was promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.
The event also served as the series finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Fedosov scored an 8th round stoppage, while Thompson got off the canvas in round 1 to score a 2nd round stoppage.
Fedosov landed some hard power shots in round 2 that Dennis was able to withstand. Fedosov dropped Dennis in round 3 from a left hook to the head. Dennis started being effective the jab in round 4, and he started mixing the straight left behind it.
In round 6, Fedosov hurt Dennis again as he ripped two hard rights off the face of the southpaw. In round 7, it was more power shots that hurt Dennis and made him take a knee.
In round 8, Fedosov landed a perfectly timed right hand that sent Dennis hard to the canvas. Dennis got to his feet but the fight was waved off 54 seconds into round 8.
Fedosov, 220 1/2 lbs of Hollywood, California via Russia is now 28-3 with 23 knockouts. Dennis, 219 lbs of Davenport, Iowa is now 14-3.
“I was being patient and waiting for a counter, and I was able to hit him with it,” said Fedosov of the knockout blow. “Now I will look for a big fight.”
John Thompson got off the deck in round 1 to come back and score an explosive 2nd round stoppage over Brandon Adams to win the Boxcino Jr. Middleweight title. Adams dropped Thompson in the opening seconds from a left hook. In round 2, Thompson landed a huge shot that sent Adams to the canvas. Thompson then pounded on Adams and a right hand wobbled Adams into the ropes and a knockdown was ruled. Thompson finished off a visibly hurt Adams with a heavy combination and the fight was stopped at 2:18 of round 2.
Thompson, 153.2 lbs of Newark, NJ is now 17-1 with six knockouts. Adams, 154.8 lbs of Los Angeles, CA is now 17-2.
“This is a new beginning for me,” Thompson said. “We’re in a whole different ball game now. This is where I’m suppose to be.”
Said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo, “It was a great night, and John and Andrey earned these titles. We expect to have them in big fights very soon. On another note, I am glad that these two thrilling fights were part of the last ESPN Friday Night Fights show.”
Photos by Emily Harney / Banner Promotions.
ORANGE, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – Weights for Friday night’s Boxcino Finals that will be shown live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Andrey Fedosov 220.5 – Donovan Dennis 219
(Boxcino Heavyweight championship)
John Thompson 153.2 – Brandon Adams 154.7
(Boxcino Jr. Middleweight championship)
Fernando Fuentes 122 – Isaac Zarate 122
Angel Martinez 131.8 – Andres Fabian Figueroa 132.2
Richard Tallmadge 118.4 – Humberto Rubalcava 120.7
Isaac Freeman 146.5 – Danny Leon 146.1
Adam Lopez 122.9 – Miguel Tamayo 121
Promoters: Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing
Venue: Omega Products International Outdoor Arena
TV: ESPN 2 (10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
1st bell: 6:15 PT
ORANGE, Calif. (May 20, 2015) – ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” final broadcast features two outstanding fights in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will decide the 2015 Boxcino Champions.
The 10-round junior middleweight final showcases Boxcino tournament veteran Brandon Adams (16-1, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles against the smooth boxing skills of John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey. The finalists will compete for the Boxcino crown on Friday, May 22, from the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, Calif. Also on the line – the NABA Interim Super Welterweight title, and the WBO Intercontinental Junior Middleweight belt.
Tickets for the Boxcino Finals are priced at $50, $70, & $100, and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com or by calling 714-935-0900.
The double main event features heavyweight talents Donovan Dennis (14-2, 11 KOs) of Davenport, Iowa and Andrey Fedosov (27-3, 22 KOs) of Russia in a 10-round fight to determine the 2015 Boxcino Heavyweight Champion. Dennis-Fedosov will also fight for the WBA Fedelatin and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight titles.
Brandon Adams– 17-1, 12 KO’s John Thompson– 16-1, 5 KO’s
Los Angeles, CA Newark, NJ
Nickname–“The Cannon” “Apollo Kidd”
Age: 25 Age: 26
Has won 3 straight bouts (all by stoppage) Has won two straight bouts
66.7 KO % 29.4 KO%
Has fought 74 rounds (4.1 Rounds/Bout) Has fought 78 rounds (4.59 Round/Bout)
70″ Reach NA
Opp Rec: 157-99-16 100-45-9
The Omega Products Outdoor Arena is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. PT. and the first bout begins at 6:15 p.m. PT.
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