(New York, NY – February 1) Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, attended the World Boxing Council’s Second Female Convention in Tijuana, Mexico, to honor record holders in the boxing industry.
The first record title was presented to Alicia Ashley, recognizing her as the Oldest female boxing champion, a feat she has achieved twice in her life. The Jamaican boxer, aged 48, is the current Super Bantamweight Champion of the World. The second record title was presented to the Caiz family, which includes four referees, for Officiating the most boxing championship fights within the same family. Raul Caiz Sr, Raul Caiz Jr, Carla Caiz, and Sergio Caiz all combined to officiate 287 boxing championship fights.
Guinness World Records adjudicator, Carlos Martinez, was on hand to present Alicia and the Caiz family their certificates and mentioned that “Guinness World Records is glad to continue the relationship with the World Boxing Council, and through it, keep recognizing fantastic athletes and referees for their officially amazing achievements.”
Guinness World Records caught up with Alicia about her achievement and what it’s like being a part of the Guinness World Records family:
How does it feel to have a Guinness World Records title recognizing the longevity of your career?
To achieve a Guinness World Records title is a testament to my commitment and love of the sport. I enjoy boxing and it continues to be a huge portion of my life. I don’t consider it work, it is pleasure.
When did you start boxing at a professional level?
I made my professional debut in January 1999 after a short but successful amateur career. I turned pro because I wanted to challenge myself and thought that would be the next step in my evolution as a boxer.
What’s the most challenging part of staying in shape after all these years?
There was no real challenge to stay in shape. I’ve been an athlete since age 6 and enjoy working out. What is hard is maintaining the passion to fight. I love to complete, so as long as there is a competition on the horizon, I will continue to train.
What’s your workout regimen before a match? Has it changed over the years?
The difference in my general workout and one leading up to my match is the intensity and duration of training. I’ve added strength and conditioning as an integral part of my workout regimen which a few weeks before my fight becomes two a day training. I feel I am more efficient in my preparation and even with training twice a day I don’t have to exercise as long as I used to in order to assimilate. My muscle and mental memory peak much faster than ever.
What advice would you give to anyone attempting to break a Guinness World Records tile and achieve the longevity you have your career?
My initial goal was not to break a Guinness World Records title but it was to have longevity. In order to remain viable in the sport of boxing is not to take too many punches. From the first time I entered this sport my desire was not to get hit and that remains my intention. My advice, ‘don’t get hit’.
How has being a Guinness World Records holder changed your life?
The main change in achieving the Guinness World Records title is the positive recognition I’ve received. I’m respected in the female boxing community but now it has crossed over into the male.
Who inspired you to attempt a world record?
My love of boxing is my inspiration. There is no reason for me to stop boxing because it’s still refreshing and invigorating and I’m ready to extend my Guinness World Records title for years to come.