Berto vs. Alexander: Napoleon Makes First Title Defense

By Thomas Gerbasi

WBA women’s super middleweight champion Alicia Napoleon may have seen a June 21 non-title bout fall by the wayside when her opponent failed to show up, but promoter Lou DiBella has produced a quick turnaround and an even better opportunity for “The Empress” in the form of a home game on August 4 in Long Island.

Napoleon (9-1, 5 KOs) will defend her title for the first time against Scotland’s Hannah Rankin on the Andre Berto-Devon Alexander undercard at NYCB Live: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, marking the Long Islander’s first start since winning the 168-pound belt in March with a victory over previously unbeaten Femke Hermans.

Napoleon was scheduled to face Vashon Living at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens last month, but Living was a no-show at the weigh-in, scrapping the bout.


With a title on the line, there should be no such issues this time, with the 27-year-old Rankin (5-1, 1 KO) – who is currently in camp with pound-for-pound queen Cecilia Braekhus – ready to challenge for her first world championship following a near-shutout victory over unbeaten Sanna Turunen that netted her the WBC silver title at 160 pounds.

As for Napoleon, a win will keep her current winning streak intact and keep her in the running for a shot at the big names in and around her division, Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AdonisCreed on 07-13-2018

Nice how the author used Devon Alexander and Berto to lure readers in who wouldn't care to read this otherwise. But she is a nice looking chick. Glad I clicked on the link :)

Comment by hectari on 07-13-2018

She is sexy, but a big girl she fights at 168. And cuts from 180 thats a big woman for sure. She looks like those thick girls you see in adult films.

Comment by Cloud on 07-13-2018

[COLOR="Magenta"]The only reason Napoleon gets any press is because she is like a bodybuilder and more attractive than the other American women. Would love to see her do something for Elegant Angel or whoever Mason is directing for nowadays.[/COLOR]

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