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Shannon Briggs: Crazy Like a Fox?

By Nat Wilkins “Let’s Go Champ, Let’s Go Champ.” It’s Shannon Briggs’ trademark tagline, peppered throughout the myriad videos he produces for social media. Briggs guns it off in staccato, Turrets-like bursts, both slightly annoying and oddly catchy at the same time. He’s in grocery stores, he’s on the beach, he’s in Times Square. He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. So what is it with Briggs’ incessant presence on social media, and that tagline? The first impulse might be to discount him as a guy who’s taken one too many head-shots from some of the hardest hitters in the...

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Alicia Napoleon Media Party a Hit

By Nat Wilkins This Friday night, was on the scene for a media workout and ticket sales party for pro boxing prospect, Alicia Napoleon (2-0). The event took place at Overthrow New York, a boxing club in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, in a space that once housed counter-culture publishing. Overthrow is nightclub meets boxing. Sweat and booze mingle, making it a fun place for young boxers to showcase their wares to the (relatively) general public, and hopefully win a few new fans for a sport that needs them. Napoleon, who claimed nearly $30k in ticket sales to her...

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Experts Split on Bradley vs. Vargas Outcome: Who You Got?

By Nat Wilkins   Over the past week, surveyed a number of pro boxing experts and fight fans on their predictions for the outcome of tonight’s battle between Timothy Bradley and Jesse Vargas. In what editor, Adam Ewing, calls a “pillow fight in the making,” the verdict is split, with some saying Bradley’s experience will carry the night and others believing the hungrier Vargas will have his cake and eat it too. One thing everyone seems to agree on is the fight coming down to a close decision.   Analyst, Alix Joseph, of AJ Knowz Boxing calls for the...

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Brooklyn’s Best: Star Trainers – #1

By Adam Ewing #5 Naazim Richardson #4 Joel Diaz #3 Ronnie Shields #2 Roberto Garcia  #1 Floyd Mayweather Sr./Roger Mayweather “I will shock your mind. I’m one of a kind. I’m the greatest trainer of all-time.” – Floyd Mayweather Sr. Haters gather round, this one is sure make a few Pacquiao apologists jump off the proverbial cliff. Don’t worry–it’s okay to be second best. Editor’s Note: Now that the Top 5 list has been fully revealed, let Adam know if you think he got it right–or all wrong–on Twitter @aethefranchise. Seems there’s no love lost between Adam and the conspicuously absent...

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TODAY: Alicia Napoleon NYC Ticket Sales Party

By Nat Wilkins Alicia Napoleon aims to make herself a fixture on NYC pro boxing cards with ticket sales that surpass many of her male counterparts. At least that was the case when she sold $30k worth of tickets for her second pro fight, which took place at Resorts World in Queens last month. Strong sales for that event earned “The Empress” a slot on the July 8 Dibella card, taking place at BB King’s in Times Square. To help put this one in the bag, Napoleon is holding a ticket sales party at Overthrow New York boxing club....

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Brooklyn’s Best: Star Trainers – #3

By Adam Ewing #5 Naazim Richardson #4 Joel Diaz #3 Ronnie Shields Another former professional boxer who had a respectable career inside the ring, Ronnie Shields finished with a 26-6-1 record with 19 knockouts. Shields, a four time Golden Gloves champion, fought for a world title on multiple occasions. All the knowledge he gained has certainly transferred to his role as trainer.  “Well number one, there is no way in hell Canelo won nine rounds to three….it’s bull***t, that’s what it comes down to, it’s bull***t.” Shields has worked with some great names in the sport.  That list includes a couple...

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Mikkell LesPierre Gets Slikk at BB King’s July 8

By Adam Ewing In an exclusive sit-down to be published Thursday, Mikkell LesPierre (8-0-1, 3 KO) tells he’s eager to get in the ring against his next opponent. Slik Mikk has been one of the more active Brooklyn prospects since the beginning of the year, as this will be his fourth fight of 2015. We expect his July 8 showing at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York against Larry Ventus (6-8-1, 3 KO) to be action packed. The card is stacked with great local prospects actively covered by, including Shawn “Killa” Cameron, Alicia Napoleon and a number...

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Bradley vs. Vargas: A Pillow Fight in the Making?

By Adam Ewing and Nat Wilkins This weekend isn’t exactly replete with star boxing match-ups. The best national fight on offer is the Bradley vs. Vargas shindig taking place at the StubHub Center in Carson California. The broadcast kicks off at 9:45 p.m. ET / 6:45 p.m. PT on HBO. Here’s what editor, Adam Ewing really thinks: “For the past three years, Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KO)  has been banging with welterweight elite. Bradley’s resume is more impressive than his opponent, unbeaten Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KO).  I don’t look for this one to be a knockout, with only...

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Wednesday Replay: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

By Adam Ewing May 2, 2015 brought the free world a fight that had been in the works for half a decade. It is extremely rare that two of the greatest fighters of a generation are in the same weight class. Most fans of the sweet science have an opinion on who is the greatest of all time, whether it be Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson or Leonard, but another name deserves to be thrown into the conversation, that is Floyd Mayweather. After handily disposing of Manny Pacquiao, his most rivaled adversary, Floyd “Money” Mayweather secured himself as the greatest...

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