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Ashley faces tough Mexican on September 6

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Ashley

Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

Alicia 'Slick' Ashley, Jamaica's lone female world boxing champion, is set to face one of the most serious challenges for her World Boxing Council super bantamweight title on September 6, at the Mexico City Arena, when she comes up against the former World Boxing Association (WBA) champion in the same weight class, Jackie 'Azteca Princess' Nava.

Ashley, who has been champion since July 23, 2011 when she defeated Christina Ruiz for the then vacant title, has had three successful title defences and last fought on May 21, when she scored a sixth round technical knockout victory over Nohime Dennisson, in a non-title fight in New York.

Ashley told The Gleaner yesterday, that she was "thrilled" that the fight with Nava has been arranged.

"This is a boxer that I have always wanted to fight. She is not the typical Mexican brawler. She is a skilled boxer who brings a lot to the table and I have really wanted to match my skills against hers. It will be a tough fight, but it will bring out the best in me."

negotiations

She said that she is already in good fighting condition, as negotiations have been taking place for some time.

"It is just a month away now, so for the next few weeks I will be working really hard. I am fortunate to have two good sparring partners working with me. They are fast, have good hand speed and are providing me with just the type of challenges that I need. I have to be in top condition for this fight and I promise you that I am going to be ready for it," she added.

Ashley will go into the fight with a 21-9-1 record, including three knockout victories.

Nava has a 29-4-3 record with 13 knockouts. She won the WBA title on January 28, 2012 by unanimous decision over Chantall Martinez and had two successful defences that same year. She then took a nearly two- year break from boxing for maternity purposes and returned to the ring on May 24 this year, when she defeated Alys Sanchez by knockout in seven rounds.

She, too, has said that a fight against Ashley was high on her agenda and is happy that it has become a reality.