2018 was a dream year for the American boxer Alicia Napoleon. The New Yorker, who debuted just four years ago as a professional fighter, stole the headlines and cameras when she finished the year as the Super Middleweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), thereby becoming the Breakout Fighter of the Year.
With a record of 10-1 and 5 knockouts, the decorated fighter of Italian descent was also recognized as the best fighter in New York a few days ago after winning her first world championship on March 3rd and having already made the first successful defense on August 4th.
Alicia, 32, became world champion against Femke Hermans, whom she defeated in March in a battle at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The vacant title of the division was acquired by Napoleon after she gave Hermans the first loss of her professional career.
In August she returned to the ring, now at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, before the dangerous British native Hannah Rankin. In that first defense, Alicia put her skills on display to take another wide decision in her favor and make her first successful defense as a world champion.
In addition to her victories in 2018, Alicia also got married, thereby completing a year full of happiness in which she placed her name in the current women’s boxing scene and left room for even bigger fights in the future.
Congratulations to Alicia Napoleon, who became an example to follow for many fighters in New York territory. Alicia promises to be a very active champion for 2019, as there is already talk of a first defense this coming February, with details yet to come.