Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson
CEO & Founder
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round Franchising, LLC, is the current IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World. He won his title on October 1, 2011 with a 6th round TKO victory. He trained under legendary boxing trainer Xavier Biggs, brother of 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs. Shannon began martial arts at the age of seven and has continued training ever since then. He has a 5th degree Black Belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and a 4th Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis's Fighting System JLFS.
After over 70 bouts inside the ring, competing in Canada and Europe, Shannon could not find a place where the average person could be exposed to the "Top Secret" training of some of the best fighters in the world. That is where his vision for 9Round began. He knew that if he could take the grueling workouts he did in the ring, and create a non-intimidating, convenient circuit workout format, then the average person could enjoy the benefits of boxing and kickboxing without getting hit. Shannon is a family man himself with two children, so keeping the workout short but still effective was key when creating the 9Round concept.
Shannon is fully involved in the day-to-day operations of the business and constantly works to bring the best support to 9Round franchisees and the best workout experience to 9Round members. He released a business book entitled Zero to 100 in early 2016, which is a candid memoir of the journey from one 9Round location to the first 100 location being opened. This book made Shannon a best-selling author on Amazon. Shannon enjoys public speaking and motivating others by thinking outside the box.
Favorite Quote: “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Favorite 9Round Move: Hitting the Speed Bag