Ashley shocked by scoring in title loss
Leroy Brown, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Alicia 'Slick' Ashley, who lost her World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title two Saturdays ago to Mexico's Jackie 'Aztec Princess' Nava in Mexico, told The Sunday Gleaner recently that she was "shocked, totally shocked" by the majority decision of the judges to her opponent.
Ashley conceded that it was a close, hard fight.
"I do not want to take anything away from my opponent, as she came to fight and gave a good performance. It was great to fight an opponent who was competitive, but I also gave a good account of myself, and except for the last round when I decided to mix it up with her, she just could not catch me," said Ashley.
The final scores did indeed raise eyebrows. One judge voted 98-92 for Nava, one had it 97-93 and the other judge scored it 95-95. Most people, even some of the Mexican fans of the new champion, wondered which fight the judge who voted 98-92 was watching. The Sunday Gleaner has been reliably informed that he gave the first seven rounds to Nava.
There was consensus that there is no way that Nava won the first seven rounds. It was a close, hard-fought contest, with Nava taking the fight to the champion. Ashley defended herself well, however, and was difficult to catch. She also counter-punched and won more than the two or three rounds recorded on two of the scorecards.
The consensus was that Nava won the final round clearly.
When The Sunday Gleaner asked Ashley why she had changed her tactics in the 10th round and decided to go toe-to-toe with Nava, she said that this was done on the instructions of her corner.
Ashley said that she was told that she needed to win rounds nine and 10 to retain her title, so she became more aggressive. She won the ninth, but faltered in the final round and Nava caught her with some good punches.
The good news, she said, however, is that people were so impressed with her performance that she has been receiving fight offers, and there is also talk about a rematch with Nava.
"I am good, a bit disappointed to have lost my title, but I will be back," vowed Ashley.
"I have already returned to the gym, as I want to be ready for anything. I am going to fight again soon, possibly in October."