At 23-years-old, Thompson has already established himself as a rising star of the division, utilizing his speed and unorthodox style to pick apart one opponent after another. He is a smart boxer with a pleasing ‘old school’ style like fighters of the 1950’s
In addition to boxing, Thompson works full-time for United Airlines. Because of this, he is afforded travel privileges. ‘œI travel a lot. If I don’t have a fight coming up I leave the country, I was in Paris not too long ago. I like to travel see the world now while I’m young.â€
Born and raised in Newark, Thompson’s father introduced him to the boxing gym at the age of four, and he began competing at age six. He went on to have an extensive amateur career. His final record was 89-22 and along the way, he won the New Jersey Golden Gloves six times, the Silver Gloves in 2003, Diamond Gloves in 2007 and the Ohio State Fair.
Thompson has worked with stablemate and WBA World Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubtâ€ Trout
Quotes (courtesy of www.eastsideboxing.com)
I actually believe that I’m a greatest boxer. If you don’t believe that you are the greatest boxer you shouldn’t be in this game. Once you start doubting yourself you have already lost. My plan is to become the best-that’s it. Once I achieve my goal then I’ll be impressed with myself. Then I’ll feel that I actually accomplishing something as far as right now I’m just stepping up in the brackets
I usually go running 7 in the morning a 6 or 7 mile jog come to the gym for about 2 Â½ hours, then go straight to work. By the time I get home from work at 10 P.M. it’s time to go to sleep.
How did he get the ring name “Apollo Kidd” “Let’s start with Kidd, a lot of people always put one “Dâ€ I put two D’s. One D is for a kid a child. But I’m a grown man The Kidd is for me being youthful with heart and spirit. Apollo comes from the Greek mythological gods of Zeus and Leto also very strong and talented. Apollo also comes from Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon in 1969. The media had originally said his words on stepping out on the moon were “That’s one small step for man one giant leap for mankind. But they did it over again I believe in 2003 correcting the statement to one small step for a man. This saying that this one person sets it off for everybody. That’s how I look at myself like a philanthropist it’s not just for me it’s for everybody else. Can’t explain it but the thoughts just came to me and I said “Wow! This is who I amâ€
In his last fight on 2-9-13 at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Thompson scored TKO 5 over 5-1 Grayson Blake. Working behind a quick jab, Thompson carved up the face of Blake, occasionally mixing in a powerful right hand.
On 12-01-12 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, Thompson scored a unanimous six-round decision over capable veteran Elie Augustama. Fighting on the undercard of Cotto vs. Trout, Thompson dominated the normally challenging Augustama by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.
On 12-06-16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Thompson scored another unanimous six-round decision over Washington DC southpaw John Mackey. In front of his hometown fans, Thompson won nearly every round by scores of 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56. No easy feat, as Mackey is known for pulling off upsets over heavily favored opponents.
1.5 yearsâ€¦11 fightsâ€¦43 total rounds.