Alicia Napoleon: Boxing’s Empress Talks 2017 Challenges and 2018 Goals

By Xavier Porter –

January 6, 2018

Brooklyn, NY – Women’s boxing is on the rise. However, there are still obstacles that remain in the sport, of which need to be tackled and hurdled over. A classic example of this is New York’s Alicia Napoleon. Napoleon, a Long Island native, has continually pushed her boxing career to the highest of heights. The former WBC Silver Super Middleweight Champion has faced many obstacles during her professional career, of which she began in 2014.

Alicia Napoleon

Alicia Napoleon

Napoleon’s challenges aren’t unfamiliar to anyone around boxing—especially women’s boxing. Like her male counterparts in the sport, she has found difficulty in facing opponents on a consistent basis. The uncertainty in facing an opponent on fight night is stressful, frustrating, and disheartening to not only Napoleon, but to her many fans who come out in the tons to support their favorite female fighter.

Alicia Napoleon

Alicia Napoleon

On 12/14/17, Napoleon was scheduled to face the tough and always “ready to fight” Sydney LeBlanc, on Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing fight card. Napoleon (8-1, 5 KOs) and LeBlanc (4-5-1) were set to do battle in an eight-round contest that was sure to bring lots of action and further both fighters careers.

LeBlanc, of Gretna, Louisiana, is a battle-tested warrior, and has faced some of the elite fighters in her respective division, namely current WBC, IBF Super Middleweight World Champion and two-time United States Olympics Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KOs); top ranked title contender Franchon Crews-Dezurn (2-1, 1 KO); and former WBC, IBA, UBF Middleweight World Champion Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs); all of whom she went the distance with.

Unbeknownst the fights fans in attendance, LeBlanc failed her pre-fight physical examination which showed that her blood pressure was extremely high, deeming her unfit to fight by the NYSAC (New State Athletic Commission).

In speaking with Napoleon, she shared her thoughts on the fallout of the fight as well as her future plans with her career.

“Her heart rate was too high to compete. Then there was concern she was dehydrated. My opponent (LeBlanc) was really upset, and they gave her several different chances. Her blood pressure came back four points above normal. The decision to call the fight off was made.”

A win against LeBlanc would have surely favored and positioned Napoleon to face either Shields, Reis, Crews-Dezurn, and Germany’s Christina Hammer (current WBC, WBO Middleweight World Champion/22-0, 10 KOs).

Napoleon is optimistic and looking forward to a significant title fight in the year to come.

Alicia Napoleon - with trainers Leon "Cat" Taylor and Danny Nicholas

Alicia Napoleon – with trainers Leon “Cat” Taylor and Danny Nicholas

“My team and I wanted to fight and she wanted to fight also, but it’s the best interests to protect us, the fighters. The great thing that I can tell everyone is that I have officially signed a promotional deal with Lou DiBella. I am now with DiBella Entertainment and I can assure you all that I will be fighting for a world championship in 2018.”

With the increased desire and push to showcase women’s boxing, Napoleon (the consummate professional) has maintained her focus and continues to be ready to face any challenge that presents itself. After suffering her first loss as a professional against Virginia’s Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) on 12/10/16, in a hard-fought, ten-round bout for the vacant IBA, UBF Super Middleweight titles, Napoleon remains in prime position to face the winner of the upcoming WBC, IBF Super Middleweight championship fight between Shields and Nelson, which will take place on January 12, 2018, live on Showtime. Crews-Dezurn, a recent signee to Salita Promotions, will also be featured on this fight card.

“I’m a top fighter in my division. I’ve never been out and I always go the distance. I appreciate my fans so much. You can expect great things from me in 2018 and beyond.”

Alicia Napoleon - The Empress of DiBella Entertainment

Alicia Napoleon – The Empress of DiBella Entertainment

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