Bleecker Empress continues her undefeated reign

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Alicia Napoleon, in foreground, throws a hard right in her bout versus Kita Watkins last Friday night. Photos by Clayton Patterson

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, the Battling Babe from Bleecker St., notched another victory last Friday night, in a bout at Five Star Banquet Hall, in Long Island City.

Napoleon’s fight against Kita Watkins was the main event at the July 22 night of boxing by Uprising Promotions.

Napoleon, who is actually from Long Island but trains at the Overthrow boxing gym, at 9 Bleecker St., came in with a 6-0 record – with five knockouts. Watkins, a 20-bout veteran, stood at 7-14 with one knockout.

In January, Napoleon beat Szilvia Szabados in an action-packed slugfest at Five Star to win the undisputed WBC Silver Female Super-Welterweight Title. “The Empress” is currently the top-ranked super-welterweight in the U.S. and number four in the world.

On Friday night, Napoleon hung on for the win, but Boxing News 24 reported that it was a tough and gritty brawl, if ever there was one.

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Alicia Napoleon, feeling confident of having notched another win, raises her hand victoriously before the referee does it for her. She gutted out a tough win versus worthy opponent Kita Watkins.

“The Long Islander displayed nice ring generalship and controlled the action for the majority of the six-round encounter,” the boxing site said. “Watkins looked to make it a dogfight and drew Napoleon inside, but she was more than happy to oblige. Not allowing her work to be smothered, Napoleon also fought Watkins on the edge of her range and threw hard power shots while maintaining great balance and movement.

“While it took a calculated effort on her end, Napoleon got the better of Watkins over the course of the bout, eventually securing a unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55 x 2) to remain undefeated.”

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“The Empress” shows her winning form — and one of her fists of fury.

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