Alicia Ashley still the WBC bantamweight champ
LOIS ELFMAN | 10/31/2013, 2:59 p.m.
Even though she usually has to travel far from home in Brooklyn for her professional fights, maintains a full-time career as a trainer and is the ripe old age of 46, professional boxer Alicia “Slick” Ashley continues to be inspired by boxing. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world among female super bantamweight fighters, Ashley successfully defended her crown on Oct. 23 in Tijuana, Mexico.
“This for me is what keeps me active; it keeps my mind going,” said Ashley, whose record is 20-9-1 with two KOs, one coming in last week’s win over Zenny Sotomayor. “Women aren’t fighting for the money.”
The all-female fight card at the Las Pulgas nightclub in Tijuana; with Ashley’s bout as the main event even promoted breast health awareness with pink ribbons all around.
“Being on an all-female card, it totally is a different energy. It’s supportive,” said Ashley, who was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica, and wears that country’s national colors when she boxes. She has lived in New York for more than three decades and works at the world-renowned Gleason’s Gym.
“This was my second [career] knockout. It’s funny, because I’m so used to going the distance—doing 10 rounds—that I actually felt a little disappointed. I’m probably the only boxer to say they’re not so happy that the fight got stopped so early [fifth round],” said Ashley with a laugh. “I still felt like I was warming up.”
This was Ashley’s second fight of 2013. She’d love to fight three or four fight times a year. She said it is hard to train continuously and stay focused when she doesn’t necessarily know when her next fight will be. Sometimes even a scheduled fight gets pushed back.
“It’s hard when you’re getting prepared for a fight. You’ve stepped up your training, and then the card falls through or gets postponed,” Ashley said. “The one nice thing is that I’m in the gym and teaching people, so I’m still around boxing.”
Ashley has never been knocked out, which she said helps her stay motivated. She said she will continue until she either slows down or stops enjoying herself.