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21 OCTOBER 2018

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Female World Title Fight Added To Wilder/Ortiz Undercard


The undercard for the WBC heavyweight title showdown between champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz set for Saturday, March 3, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will now feature a10-round women’s world title clash between Long Island’s Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon(8-1, 5 KOs) and undefeated Femke Hermans (6-0, 3 KOs), of Londerzeel, Belgium, for the vacant WBA Women’s Super Middleweight Title.

 

"I’m thrilled to be fighting at Barclays Center for this world title," said Napoleon. "This means so much to me and for women’s boxing in the United States. I’ve worked very hard for many years and dreamed of becoming a world champion and to have my Long Island fans see me challenge for the title makes it even more special."

 

"DiBella Entertainment, Premier Boxing Champions, Brooklyn Boxing and Showtime remain committed to women’s boxing and together we have staged, or at least scheduled, a women’s fight of significance on every card we’ve worked on at Barclays Center," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Napoleon is a very charismatic and popular fighter from Long Island and, on March 3, she will have a chance to achieve her dream of becoming a world champion in front of her hometown fans."

 

Owner of the two popular Overthrow boxing gyms in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Napoleon made her professional debut in August 2015 winning her first seven fights, including five by stoppage.

 

Following her first loss on December 10, 2016, to world ranked contender Tori Nelson, Napoleon bounced back to defeat Nikolett Papp, on November 18, 2017, in Queens, New York.

 

Victorious three times in 2017, Hermans will be leaving Belgium for the first time in her professional career for the world title fight with Napoleon. In her last bout, the 28-year-old won a unanimous decision against Ester Koneca, on September 30, 2017.

 

 




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