*BROOKLYN *(February 21, 2018) – The undercard for the heavyweight world
title showdown between *Deontay Wilde*r and *Luis Ortiz* set for Saturday,
March 3, from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING, will now
feature an outstanding 10-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 World 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.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets,
visit Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or call 800-745-3000
<(800)%20745-3000>. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the
American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
The Premier Boxing Champions event is headlined by the highly anticipated
Wilder vs. Ortiz matchup and will see undefeated former 154-pound
Charlo* take on *Hugo Centeno, Jr.* for the interim WBC middleweight title
in the co-feature. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live on
SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with top super middleweight contender *Andre
Dirrell* battling hard-hitting *Jose Uzcategui* in a rematch for the
interim IBF168-pound world title.