By: Matthew Becher
John Thompson (17-1 6KO) is a young and upcoming fighter out of Newark, New Jersey. He was the winner of ESPNs 2nd annual Boxcino Championship by defeating the two time finalist Brandon Adams by second round knockout earlier this year. Thompson now has the chance of a lifetime this weekend, by traveling over the pond to fight Englishman and undefeated fighter Liam Smith at the Manchester Arena for the World Boxing Organizations vacant Jr. Middleweight title.
We were able to catch up with John as he has touched down in England in preparation for his fight this weekend, Saturday October 10th.
Boxing Insider: This will be your first fight outside of the United States. What are your feelings on fighting in England, your opponent’s backyard?
John Thompson: I feel right at home, because the ring has always been my platform. Once I’m in that ring, it will just be him and I.
Boxing Insider: Liam Smith is an undefeated fighter from the “Fighting Smith” clan. What do you bring that others haven’t?
John Thompson: I’m more determined and experienced. I have too much to lose. The point of no return. Now or never.
Boxing Insider: Tell us a little bit about how you are preparing for a fight of this magnitude?
John Thompson: For starters, every fight is going to be bigger than the last. When working out I had to make sure I am in the best shape and structured to the “T”. My team and I came to Manchester ten days prior to become acclimated to the time.
Boxing Insider: Do you feel that this is the right time to be fighting for a world title, with only 18 fights under your belt?
John Thompson: Yes, although I may have few fights as a professional, I’ve also grown and learned through it all.
Boxing Insider: You are also a professional painter. How did you get into that and how does it coincide with your boxing career?
John Thompson: I started painting in 2005 in school. Painting gives me a sense of focus and keeps me balanced in and out of the ring.
Boxing Insider: This fight is for your stablemates, Demetrius Andrade, former belt. Do you see a meeting with him down the line, if you get this (his) belt on October 10th?
John Thompson: It’s not his belt, thus it never crossed my mind. But I am looking to take this belt and move forward with it as to taking it from the U.K.