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Alicia Ashley
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5'5" southpaw Alicia Ashley was born in Jamaica on 23 August 1967. She lives in Westbury, Long Island, NY and trains at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn. She began kickboxing in April 1995, and compiled a 10-0-1 amateur record as a kickboxer. Her amateur boxing resume was also impressive ... she was the New York City Golden Gloves Champion in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and the USA Boxing National Amateur 125-lb gold medalist in 1997 and 1998.

At the first USA Boxing Women's National Amateur Championships held in Augusta, Georgia on July 16-19, 1997, Alicia won the 125-lb title with a 4-1 decision over Deidre Fabian of Wilmington, North Carolina.

At the 1998 Women's National and Senior Junior Olympic Championships on May 26-31 in Anaheim, California, Alicia again won the 125-lb division by defeating Dierdre Fabian, this time by a 15-9 margin.

On July 10, 1998 at the Lackawanna County Stadium, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Alicia defeated Danielle Bouchard of Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada in an international meet between the USA and Canadian women's amateur boxing teams. Her final record as an amateur boxer was 16-2.

She made her pro boxing debut on January 29, 1999 in Atlantic City with a six-round split decision over highly-favored English world champion kickboxer Lisa Howarth. The skills honed by Ashley as an amateur won out over the British star's ring experience and power.

On May 20, 1999 Alicia dropped a hard-fought majority (57-57, 58-56, 58-56) decision to 1999/1998 Canadian national amateur 60/57 kg champion Doris Hackl on Hackl's home turf in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was a razor-close battle that had the Halifax fans on their feet! Hackl, a 5'8" business executive from Pugwash, Nova Scotia, had been undefeated in 17 amateur bouts including international competitions, and went on to win the IFBA Junior Lightweight world title in April 2000.

On May 27, 1999 in Tunica, Mississippi, Alicia quickly staked her claim to a place near the top of the featherweight rankings with an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran IFBA world champion Bonnie Canino.

On February 11, 2000 she returned to Tunica to take on WIBF Junior Lightweight champion Laura Serrano of Mexico City and dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to the Mexican star, who advanced her record to 9-0-1.

On May 13, 2000 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Australian kickboxing champion Songul Oruc who now fights out of Las Vegas, moved her pro record to 3-1 with a controversial four-round split decision over Alicia. Oruc was "a bloody mess" according to our source while Ashley was unmarked, and the crowd booed the decision.

On June 29, 2000 at Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Alicia won an eight-round split decision over Leona Brown, who fell to 8-4. Judges Manny Altman and Ron Greenley scored it 77-75 and 78-74 for Ashley; Rose Vargas scored it 78-76 for Brown.

On September 3, 2000 in Yerington, Nevada, Alicia weighed in at 126 lbs and won a six-round unanimous (58-56,58-56,58-56) decision over WIBF Americas Featherweight champion Kelsey Jeffries (124½ lbs) of Gilroy, California, who fell to 8-2. “I went out there to outbox her. I know people want to see brawls,” said Ashley. “My straight left gave her trouble. With her technique, straight on, I knew it would.” 800 fans saw the card in an outdoor stadium in a downtown Yerington parking lot; it was also carried by Univision. Ashley had defeated Jeffries once before, as an amateur in the 125-lb quarterfinals of the 1997 USA Boxing National Championships, where Alicia won by a 4-1 score.

On February 14, 2001 at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Alicia weighed in at 122 lbs and won a four-round unanimous (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) decision over Claudette Alexander (118 lbs). Alexander fell to 4-1, while Ashley improved to 6-3.

On January 13, 2002 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, IFBA Featherweight champion Layla McCarter and Alicia fought to a six-round majority draw ((59-55 Ashley,57-57,57-57). There were no knockdowns in a fight in which Ashley was busier than McCarter but neither landed a lot that was solid. Both seemed happy to tie each other up in the later rounds. McCarter landed well to Ashley's body near the end of the third and Ashley tagged McCarter with two good shots to the jaw in the final stanza. McCarter moved her record to 9-5-3 (2 KO) with this result.

On February 23, 2002 at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Alicia (125 lbs) was the busier fighter as she won a ten-round split (96-94,96-93,93-97) decision over Kelsey Jeffries (125 lbs) from Gilroy, California. A standing-room-only crowd at saw Ashley gain the vacant IWBF Featherweight title using good ring movement and her jab to keep Jeffries at a distance. Neither fighter was in serious difficulty during the fight, although Ashley was knocked down briefly in the second round when Jeffries caught her with a straight left as she was coming in. Judges Emil Comforti and Melvina Lathan gave the bout to Ashley, while Henry Grant saw it for Jeffries. Jeffries was a late substitute for Layla McCarter on this card, as McCarter withdrew after losing to Jessica Rakoczy in Las Vegas the previous weekend. Jeffries slipped to 11-7-0 (1 KO) with the loss.

On August 27, 2002 at Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia, a crowd estimated at 1200 saw #6 ranked junior lightweight Chevelle Hallback (127 lbs) of Tampa, Florida win a ten-round unanimous (98-92,99-92,99-91) decision over Alicia (127 lbs) to claim the IBA women's Junior Lightweight title. Hallback dominated the last eight rounds of bout after both landed well in the early going. Hallback improved to 10-3-1 (5 KO) while Ashley slipped to 7-4-1 (0 KO).

Alicia AshleyOn November 15, 2002 at Super Domo Orfeo in Cordoba, Argentina, Alicia (120¾ lbs) won a controversial ten- round split (96-94,96-94,95-97) decision over Marcela Acuña (120½ lbs) of Formosa, Argentina to win the vacant IWBF Super Bantamweight (Junior Featherweight) title in the first women's world title fight to be staged in Argentina. Ashley advanced to 8-4-1 (0 KO) while Acuña's record dropped to 9-3-0 (4 KO) as she absorbed her first pro boxing loss in her own country. My correspondent tells me that  few heavy punches landed but, until the last two rounds when she began to fade, the Argentinean had the initiative with Ashley in trouble several times from her digging right hands. Ashley moved around the ring well but Acuña quickly adjusted to the problems of fighting a southpaw, whose left hooks in the first two rounds presaged a danger that never materialized. Ashley´s attempts to use her superior reach to keep Acuña off faltered in the fifth round and later. The Argentinian press had Ashley winning only the last two rounds and some described the decision as a ´scandal´, ´a robbery of historic proportions´ and even ´criminal´. However, Horacio Pagani, in Clarin, took a different view, saying that Ashley demonstrated her ``technical superiority".

On June 14, 2003 at Complejo Republica Venezuela in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alicia (119¼ lbs) successfully defended her IWBF Junior Featherweight title with a convincing ten-round unanimous (98-92,97-92,97-94) decision over Marcela Acuña (120 lbs) of Argentina in a rematch that was mandated by the IWBF after reviewing tape of their November 2002 bout.

In this rematch, instead of relying on counter-punching as she had done in their first fight, Ashley consistently beat Acuña to the punch, while each time the Argentinean tried to respond with a salvo of her own, Ashley would be elsewhere. This time, Ashley handed Acuña a drubbing that brought praise from the Argentinean press ... “Superlative! Magisterial!. A gazelle, whose movements at times become a symphony of coordination and harmony,” raved DyN. “Muhammad Ali in a skirt,” shouted someone from the back of the crowd during the fight. “A ballerina,” said another. For Claudio Coronel of Boxeo-Boxing, Ashley was a mixture of Houdini and D’Artagnan. “Her long arms extend swiftly like goads, that sting, and retract”. With a blinding pepper spray of blows from all angles penetrating her guard, Marcela, it seems, could do nothing. “Ashley was a hieroglyphic she had no idea how to decipher,” wrote DyN, whereas Ashley seemed to have prior knowledge of every move Acuña made. Ashley even outhustled Acuña in the clinches, to the dismay and even despair of Acuña's fans. Acuña fell to 11-4-0 (6 KO) with the loss.

On November 15, 2003 at Trend Eventhotel Pyramid in Vösendorf, Vienna, Austria, Vienna-based Esther Schouten of Hoorn, Holland won a ten-round split decision over Alicia for the WIBF world Junior Featherweight title. Schouten improved to 14-2-0 (5 KO).

On March 27, 2004 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown, Guyana, Alicia (121 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Shondell Alfred (5'4", 111 lbs) of Georgetown. Alfred was rocked by a left cross midway through the third round and her gloves touched the canvas for an official knockdown. Alfred fell to 7-4 (2 KO).

Alicia outboxed Elena Reid in March 2005
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On March 26, 2005 at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, USA,  Alicia (116 lbs) TKO'd Elena Reid (5'3", 116¾ lbs) of Phoenix, Arizona at 1:04 in the seventh round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight because of a cut over Reid's right eye. Ashley had outboxed Reid before the stoppage in this match between two southpaws, using her longer reach, hand speed and ring movement to control the action. Ashley continually popped Reid with jabs and straight lefts, one of which opened the cut over Reid's eye in the sixth.  "I hurt her in the third round," said Ashley. "After that, she didn't want to come in any more. I wanted to show people I could box, but after I hurt her I didn't have to move. I don't think because we're both left-handed that it caused a problem, it's just like two orthodox fighters fighting each other." Ashley improved to 11-5-1 (1 KO) while Reid fell to 16-2-5 (5 KO's).

"I'm a little disappointed," said Reid, adding "I have to go back to the gym and improve."

WBAN awarded Alicia its Fighter of the Month award for April 2005.

On May 28, 2005 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, Alicia (115¾ lbs) won a ten round split (96-94,96-95,94-96) decision over Alesia-Tamara Graf (115¾  lbs) of Stuttgart for the GBU Bantamweight title.   According to WBAN correspondent Torben Lodberg, "Ashley kept picking points with her very fast hands, and her upper body movements made it very difficult for Alesia Graf to find her target. Graf felt the punching power of Ashley in the second round, when she was sent to the canvas. However, she did not look particulary shaken and merely hit the canvas before she was back up again. It did look as if it was also a question of being off balance at the time she was hit. Graf had obvious problems dealing with Ashley's southpaw stance in the early rounds, but she did get more into the fight as it progressed. Fighting from the middle of the ring, and chasing Ashley she did manage to deliver some telling punches, but was often caught by Ashley's counter punching. During most of the fight, Ashley kept hear guard fairly low, relying on her speed and footwork, but her brother, who worked her corner, told her to get her guard up as Graf was starting to get her punches through in the later rounds. Evidence of this was seen at the final bell, when Ashley was bleeding out of the right ear. Graf not only has a big fighters heart, but also good skills, and might well have been able to come out of the fight as the winner if she had been able to find the right range. Both boxers were very well conditioned, and although the bout was fought at high pace throughout, it was obvious that they had done their homework in the gym."  Graf, who is from Belarus, is regarded as one of the best prospects for eventually replacing Regina Halmich as the icon of women's boxing in Germany, so this was a major win for Ashley. The German judge had Graf as the winner. Graf suffered her first pro loss and fell to 10-1-0 (4 KOs) ... see also the fight photos.

In recognition of Alicia's boxing skills and of her willingness to take difficult fights in top opponents' home towns, WBAN awarded Alicia its Fighter of the Month award for June 2005, the first time it has ever been given to a boxer twice in one year. Alicia wrote to WBAN after receiving the accolade: "I would like to thank WBAN for choosing me for a second time this year as 'Fighter of the Month'. This is an honor that I do not take lightly. Considering that my entire professional boxing career have been a continuous road trip, I am proud of the accomplishments I have made. It is my and my team's belief that the fights that we accept will always reflect the work, dedication and respect that we have for the sport of boxing. And I am happy that others appreciate the effort that we put into it. Again, I am truly grateful for this honor and will continue to try to uphold a standard of boxing and attitude befitting this position. Thank you.  Alicia".

On October 21, 2005 in Pyongyang, North Korea, Myung Ok Ryu of North Korea defended her WBC Junior Bantamweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Alicia.

On April 15, 2006 in Chengdu, China, Zhang XiYan (118 lbs) of China (aka Cheng Qin) won a 10-round unanimous (96-94,97-93,100-91) decision over Alicia to win the vacant WIBA Bantamweight world title. Zhang was the 2002 and 2004 AIBA world 54-kg amateur gold medalist and was voted "best boxer" at the 2004 world championships in Norway. She improved her pro record to 2-0 with this win. 

On April 11, 2007 at the Paradise Theater in The Bronx, New York City, Alicia (122¼ lbs)  won a six-round unanimous (60-53, 60-54, 60-54) decision over Delia Hoppe (123½ lbs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This was the first time in her long career that Ashley had fought in her home town in front of family and friends. Hoppe fell to 4-5-1 (1 KO) with the loss. 

On January 31, 2008 at the Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York,  Alicia (121 lbs) lived up to her "Slick" nickname with a smooth eight round decision over a game Brooke Dierdorff (120 lbs) of Elgin, Illinois employing early round, ring-wide, movement and late round, pinpoint punching, The win gave Ashley the NABF super bantamweight crown, a title that had been vacant. With the win, the veteran Ashley improved her record to 14-7-1, while Dierdorff drops to 4-2-1. The scorecards read, 79-73, 78-74, 80-72. [Report by Bernie McCoy  Additional report] [Video - You Tube]

On June 12, 2008 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. and televised live on Fox Sports Net, in the main event Lisa Brown (121¾) of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, retained her IFBA World Junior Featherweight title with a controversial ten-round split (97-93,97-93,94-96) decision over Alicia Ashley (121¾ lbs).  Ashley chose to fight from the outside for the most part and used her speed and quickness to counter and frustrate Brown, who kept moving forward but was unable to connect solidly very often.  As Brown took a couple of tumbles to the canvas late in the fight, the scoring was surprising, rewarding Brown's conventional (but only occasionally effective) aggression over Ashley's movement and quickness.   Brown improved to 15-3-3 (4 KOs).

On August 20, 2009 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina Marcela Acuña (120½ lbs) of Argentina won a ten-round Majority (96-94,96-95,95-95) Decision over Alicia Ashley (120¾ lbs) for the WBC Junior Featherweight title.  Acuña had problems with Ashley's reach advantage later in the fight but Ashley lacked the punching power to make the most of her opportunities.  Acuña improved her record to 33-5-0 (16 KOs) with the win.

On April 2, 2010 at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York, Alicia Ashley won a six-round unanimous (60-54 x 3) decision over Jackie Trivilino of Plattsburgh, New York. According to WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy, "Ashley controlled both the pace and the action of each round of the fast paced bout. Her primary tools are speed and ring movement. ... Ashley's quickness has both a forward and reverse gear and she utilizes every piece of the ring, gliding, at once, back and away and then suddenly coming forward with a very effective bolo/uppercut left hand, a weapon that "found a home" in almost every round against Trivilino. Ashley also seems to fight considerably taller than her listed five foot four and a half inch stature, due mainly to her rapier right jab.  While she was clearly outclassed in this bout, Trivilino is certainly not without class. Like any professional fighter who deserves that valued sobriquet, the upstate New Yorker came forward in every round, even occasionally catching Ashley on the ropes or near a corner. But each time the winner, utilizing her smooth, quick movement, managed to step quickly away from any potential trouble, winding up in the middle of the ring where she would resume, once more, her motion offense. It was a skillful exhibition of a sometimes overused boxing phrase; but on Friday night, "sweet science" aptly applied to Ashley's six rounds of boxing."  Trivilino fell to 3-2-1 (1 KOs).  

Alicia Ashley vs Crystal Hoy
Alicia Ashley vs Crystal Hoy in January 2011
© Copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen

On January 19, 2011 at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York
Alicia (121 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-71,79-72,79-72) decision over Crystal Hoy (121 lbs) from Las Vegas, Nevada. WBAN contributor Bernie McCoy wrote that "Ashley, fighting from her customary southpaw stance and utilizing both her hand and foot speed, potshotted Hoy with solid lead right jabs and straight lefts, moving in and out against her slower opponent. (It should be stipulated here that being described as slower, in the ring, than Alicia Ashley is a label that covers the vast majority of female bantam and featherweight fighters in the sport.) To this strategy Ashley added her uncanny ability to land effective punches, with both hands, while on the move, side/side and, most uniquely, moving backwards. The tactics caused Hoy, who remained come-forward aggressive throughout the bout, to try, but, frustratingly, fail to trap the elusive Ashley against the ropes or in the corners. The eighth round differed from rounds two through seven only in the fact that Ashley scored a flash knockdown in the first minute of the stanza, making it a 10-8 round and breaking a string of 10-9 tallies for the winner. Judge Robert Taylor saw the fight 80-71, giving all eight rounds to Ashley, while judges Luis Rivera and Robert Perez concurred on a 79-72 count."  Ashley improved to 16-9-1 (1 KO) while Hoy dropped to 5-4-3 (2 KO's). 
See Photo Gallery #369 on the WBAN Records Member Site for more photos of this fight by Mary Ann Owen.  [Video]

On July 23, 2011 at the Hunt's Point Produce Market in the South Bronx, New York, Alicia (120½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous ( 99-91,98-91,100-90) decision over Christina Ruiz (121¼ lbs) of San Antonio, Texas for the WBC Junior Featherweight title.  WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy reported: "The Gleason's Gym based southpaw (Ashley) had a decided height advantage over her San Antonio based foe. Ruiz was clearly the aggressor in the first three rounds while Ashely sought to counterpunch for most of the first six minutes. Among Ashley's many boxing talents is the ability to land telling blows, from her southpaw stance, while going in reverse and, as a result, she prevented the hard charging Ruiz from dominating much of the first three rounds. Both fighters displayed good ring movement with Ashley's more fluid moves distinctly contrasting with Ruiz' come forward, straight ahead style. Ruiz, through the first half of the bout tried to jab herself inside the long right leads of Ashley as the shorter fighter attempted to trap her taller opponent on the ropes and in the corners.  As the rounds tolled by, Ashley's style proved increasingly more effective as she continually potshoted the always advancing Ruiz.. Ruiz had her moments in several of the middle rounds but those flurries were invariably answered by Ashley. The majority of the middle and late rounds were close, but the final judges' scorecards ... seemed to indicate that most, if not all, of the close calls went to the new champion." Christina Ruiz fell to 6-4-1 (4 KO's). 

Villalobos vs Ashley
Maria Elena Villalobos vs Alicia Ashley in March 2012
© copyrighted pohoto courtesy Boxeo De Gala

On March 17, 2012 at Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City, Mexico, Alicia Ashley (121 lbs) won a clear ten-round unanimous (99-91,99-92,98-92) decision over Maria Elena Villalobos (120 lbs) of Mexico City defending the WBC Junior Featherweight title.  Correspondent Raquel Ruiz told WBAN: "Ashley used her height and reach advantage, keeping the distance and connecting left uppercuts to the unprotected face of Villalobos while she was trying to deliver the magic punch that could give her the knockout." Villalobos fell to 12-6-1 (5 KO's) with the loss while Ashley improved to 18-9-1 (1 KO).

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