"Capitale Punishment" Live in Manhattan May 21
Former Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs
Headlines The Empire's First Solo Promotional Event
Undercard Packed with Exciting New Talent
On May 21, Cohen and Honig, founders of The
Empire Sports and Entertainment, are proud to
announce "Capitale Punishment" an evening of
world-class professional boxing at Capitale in New
In the night's main
event, former linear and two-time World Heavyweight
Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (49-5-1, 43
KOs) will look to further the growing momentum of
his comeback and notch his 50th career victory
against Kansas veteran Dominique "Diamond" Alexander
(19-8-1, 9 KOs).
"50 is the gold
anniversary, but for my fiftieth win, I'll be
getting a Diamond," laughed Briggs. In his last
fight, knockout-collecting Briggs needed just 28
seconds to demolish the normally durable Rafael
The Capitale Punishment
undercard is truly a showcase for some of boxing's
best up-and-coming prospects.
In the main supporting
bout, Golden Gloves Champion "Irish Seanie" Monaghan
will make his much anticipated professional debut in
the light heavyweight division. With a crowd
pleasing style and power in both fists, Monaghan is
already wildly popular among area fight fans,
especially in his native Long Beach, New York.
Also scheduled to
appear is undefeated lightweight Michael "Baby Face"
Faragon (10-0, 4 KOs) from Syracuse, New York.
Regarded as one of the most promising fighters to
ever come out of the Capital Region, Faragon always
brings the excitement with his all-action style of
Rounding out the
undercard are two of The Empire's most promising new
super middleweight Badou Jack (4-0, 3 KOs) will make
his North American debut and Zambia's dynamic future
champion Hastings "Sting" Bwalya (2-0, 2 KOs) will
appear on the East Coast for the first time.
"Sean Monaghan, Michael
Faragon, Badou Jack and Sting Bwalya represent the
future of professional boxing and we've got all four
of them on one terrific show," says The Empire
Co-Founder Greg Cohen. "This will be The Empire's
first show and we wanted to come out and make a
strong statement about where we stand in boxing. So
we've got the twice and future heavyweight champion
of the world, Shannon, in the main event with four
of the best young fighters in the world backing him
up. And we're having the fight in truly the closest
thing to a palace in all of New York City."
Originally the Bowery Savings Bank, Capitale was constructed in 1893 and is considered a national landmark. It is adorned with an art glass skylight, billowing curtains, a 4000-square-foot first-class restaurant and a ballroom with 75-foot ceilings supported by marble Corinthian columns.