John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson to face Jonathan Batista Tonight at “A Fight for the Children” Boxing Event in Washington, DC

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2013)—TONIGHT at The Washington Hilton, a special night of professional boxing will highlight the “Fight for Children” charity event.

The main event of the three bout card will pit undefeated John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson taking on Jonathan Batista.

Thompson of Newark, NJ has a record of 13-0 with 4 knockouts and as he closes out 2013, he is one of the top prospects in the Jr. Middleweight division.

The 24 year-old will be making his 4th appearance of 2013 and he has stepped up with each bout.

In February, Thompson stopped Grayson Blake (5-1) in five rounds. In May he scored 4 knockdowns en route to an eight round unanimous decision over Geovanny Rodriguez (8-0) in a bout that was nationally televised on Sho Box. In his last bout, Thompson scored a shutout victory over Brandon Quarles (10-1-1) on September 13th.

Thompson is promoted by Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions.

Batista is a late replacement for Antwone Smith, who pulled out of the fight on Tuesday.

The 29 Year-old Batista has a record of 14-2 with 7 knockouts.

The native of New York via the Dominican Republic has only blemishes to undefeated Emanuel Lartey (14-0-1) and former world champion Kermit Cintron.

The two other fights will feature a six round female Flyweight bout between Tyriesha Douglas (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Marisol Miranda (5-6, 1 KO) as well as a four round Jr. Welterweight bout between Cornelius Whitlock (1-0-2) and Josue Rivera (2-2, 2 KO’s)

Fight Night 2013 will bring together heavyweights of business, government, and philanthropy for an exciting knockout evening featuring live boxing bouts and world-class entertainment. As DC’s premiere fundraising event, Fight Night aims to raise a record-breaking $3 million for Fight For Children to support essential programs that provide education and healthcare services to children in need. For the first time ever, with the support of Under Armour, we will unite the fight and fund programs in both DC and Baltimore.

The late Joseph E. Robert, Jr., created Fight Night in 1990 as a way to marshal resources to help low-income kids in the nation’s capital secure a brighter future. Fight Night brings together 1,800 heavyweights of business and government, entertainment and community service, as well as legends from the sports and boxing world, for an evening of fun, auctions, exciting entertainment and live professional boxing bouts. One of the most highly acclaimed events in Washington, Fight Night raises funds for Fight For Children and other organizations that provide education and healthcare services to low-income children in Washington, DC. In 2011, Fight Night raised over $2 million.

Joe lost a nearly three year battle with brain cancer in December 2011.

To see Fight For Children’s remembrance of Joe or to make a contribution in his memory, visit

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