Fight For Children, the Washington DC based non-profit that has improved the health and well-being of at-risk children throughout the area for three decades, hosted an exciting night of action for their 29th annual Fight Night DC fundraiser.
The live boxing included a USBA Jr. Welterweight championship fight between Sonny Fredrickson (20-1, 13 KOs) and Manuel Mendez (16-3-3, 11 KOs) that went the 10-round distance and entertained the star-studded crowd..
Spectators were also treated to a solid women’s Jr. Welterweight fight between Jessica Camara and Jenna Johlin Thompson that also went the distance.
Boxing greats including “Buster” Douglas, Ray Mancini, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers hit the red carpet before the fights to talk all things entertainment and boxing.
Fight Night DC guests were also treated to special appearances by “CREED II” star Florian Munteanu (“Viktor Drago”) and “CREED II” director, Steven Caple Jr.
Fight Night DC 2018: Live Boxing Results
Sonny Fredrickson vs. Manuel Mendez
In the 10-round main event, Sonny Fredrickson won a tough bout against Manuel Mendez via unanimous decision.
After the bout Fredrickson spoke with RBRBoxing and stated that although he got into close-quarter exchanges, he knew it was in his best interest to box.
“I wanted to just sit there and brawl, but I know I can’t do it,” said Fredrickson. “I know I can’t brawl with fighters, it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing. I get caught up in the moment sometimes, but then I break out of it. It’s a bad habit that I will eventually break.”
With the win, Fredrickson walked away with the vacant USBA Super Lightweight title and will now look to weigh his options for bigger fights in 2019.
Jessica Camara vs. Jenna Johlin Thompson
Jessica Camara earned a hard-fought decision win over Jenna Johlin Thompson.
Both women landed solid blows in the fight and fought through a room full of cigar smoke to entertain spectators.
After the bout, Camara discussed her performance.
“I felt like I had her timing down and knew what punches to throw,” said Camara. “It was definitely a challenge and a learning experience.”
Camara also discussed the challenge of fighting through smoke–literally.
“It was really hard for me to breath, my lungs feel really heavy right now,” said Camara. “But you have to fight through whatever the environment is.”