FRIDAY, January 6th, 2017, AT 3:00 PM/ PST

IKF World Champion

Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson

Welcomes Success In His Fitness Kickboxing Franchise

9Round Opens Milestone 450th Location, Eyes 1,000 Clubs by 2019

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9Round, the world's fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, has opened its 450th location. Located in the Detroit Metro area, the new gym marks a significant milestone for the brand and is a reflection of the company's immense growth since its inception in 2008.

"Throughout the country, more and more consumers are continuing to embrace new workout experiences, and we know our commitment to providing a championship-caliber kickboxing option has been a fundamental component to our accelerated momentum and ongoing expansion,"
said 9Round co-founder Shannon Hudson.

"In less than 10 years, we've grown from a small regional chain to an international, award-winning brand and I couldn't be more proud of our franchisees and corporate support team for driving this success."

Today, there are 450 9Round clubs open and operating throughout 40 states and nine countries. More than half of those clubs have opened in the last 24 months alone, including the company's first locations in Australia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

With hundreds of additional clubs in various stages of development around the world, and a rapidly growing number of entrepreneurs looking to join the 9Round family, company plans call for having a total of 1,000 locations by the end of 2018.

"Yes, we're talking about more than doubling our international footprint. That means the next couple of years are going to be a grind. Bring it on,"
said Hudson.
"When I wanted to win a world kickboxing title, I imagined having the belt around my waist. I could feel the weight of the gold on my hips. The feeling part is the secret. If you're going to dream, dream big."

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About 9Round
In 2008 Shannon and his wife Heather founded 9Round Fitness & 9Round Franchising. With 9Round they bring the exceptional quality that kickbox training provides to the public, without the hassle of getting hit, which appeals to the average person. As a specialized fitness center, 9Round's brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format.
Unlike a lot of "Fitness" Kickboxing programs, 9Round's is developed by Professional Kickboxer and Boxer Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson himself. Shannon brings to the workouts actual "Fight" experience and what it takes to become a World Champion Kickboxer. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations, all done in a 30-minute, full body circuit format. As of today (1-5-17), there are 450 9Round clubs open and operating throughout 40 states and nine countries which include the USA of course, but also Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Kingdom and Japan - CLICK HERE...
Shannon and Heather live in Simpsonville, South Carolina and have two children, Elana & Jackson.
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Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson

Shannon of got his black belt at the age of 9. He's competed as an amateur and professional in both Boxing and Kickboxing. As a Kickboxer his overall record was 33-14 with 14 wins coming by KO or TKO. As a Professional Boxer he had a record of 4 wins, 1 loss and all 4 of his victories coming by way of KO or TKO along with even more bouts as an Amateur.


    1. IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules South East Super Middleweight Champion.
      He won this title on April 12th, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, by forfeit when his opponent, Rob Llaneza failed to show up for the bout. The day of the fight, Llaneza said, "I just don't feel like fighting." There was no illness, no medical condition, nothing... Maybe he knew what "The Cannon" was before anyone else...

    2. IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules South East Light Middleweight Champion.
      Shannon won this title on March 1st, 2003 in Augusta, Georgia, USA when he defeated Shaun Gay of Valdosta, Georgia, USA by head kick knockout at 28 seconds into round 1.

    3. IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules East Coast Light Middleweight Champion.
      He won this title on May 15th, 2004 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA when he defeated Steve 'The Warrior' Mann of Richmond, Virginia, USA by unanimous decision, 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46.

    • As a Professional Kickboxer Shannon was apart of Chuck Norris' World Combat League for several seasons, and has competed all over the United States as well as Europe. Just before turning 32 he won his IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Light Middleweight World Title on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 in London, Ontario, Canada when he defeated defending Champion Muzammal 'Abu Zayd' Nawaz by TKO at end of round 6. Having never been challenged for his title, Shannon retired from fighting in 2015. His brother Kevin was also an IKF Professional Kickboxing Champion Click Here


This past spring Shannon came out with his book,
Zero to 100: The Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Building a Fitness Chain from Idea to 100 Locations
He wrote the book in 18 months, all while continuing to grow 9Round into a global brand. His passion and vision leaps off the pages as he details the various twists and turns, and ups and downs he faced while getting 9Round to where it is today, as well as the benefits of investing in a franchise system. It shares how he and wife, Heather used every penny they could find to turn an idea for a fitness center into a profitable business with one hundred locations in only five years. He reveals how they built 9Round Fitness into a booming business. His "Knockout Nuggets" of wisdom can also be found at the end of each chapter and range from
""Family comes First" to "Evolve or Die.""

The book is available on Amazon, Google Books, Wallmart and of course, at all the 9Round locations. On Kindle it became a best seller in less than three hours.


For a Great Radio Interview with Shannon,


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