Alicia “Slick” Ashley to Headline “Brooklyn Explosion” Fight Card

On January 19, 2011 (delayed from the original date of the 13th, due to inclement weather), one of boxing’s top bantamweights Alicia “Slick” Ashley, will battle 8 rounds with Crystal Hoy in Maureen Shea’s “Brooklyn Explosion,” to become the first female to headline a boxing main event ever in New York city.

NABF featherweight titleholder Maureen “Moe” Shea (15-2) is known to many boxing fans for preparing Oscar winner Hilary Swank for her role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Shea — a former sparring and training partner for Alicia Ashley — is now adding yet another accomplishment to her list: the first active female boxer who is a promoter. It just makes sense that Shea would bring Ashley to the top of an NYC boxing card.

Jamaican-born Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) will take on Crystal Hoy (5-3-3, 2 KO) for 8 rounds, and you can expect this battle to blind you with speed and smooth, fast power. There’s a good reason Alicia’s ring name is “Slick.” She moves like magic in the ring; one minute here, and the next minute gone; she is incredibly light on her feet and agile with her hands and body. You’ll often see her forcing her opponents to chase her around the ring; Ashley dances effortlessly, gloves down, appearing not to be making any effort at all until she slips inside with the power punches, then disappears.

You can get an idea of what I mean by watching just a little of this fight (not nearly her best showing, but a quick example) with southpaw Elena Reid. (Scroll the clip forward to get the fourth round started.)

And Ashley has traveled all over the globe to get her fights; it feels right and good to have her fighting at home in Brooklyn; I hope this will bring more attention to the phenomenal female fighters in the City — I say let all the rest of the contenders come to her!

I’m not sure if there are any tickets left for “Brooklyn Explosion,” but you can get more information about tickets by contacting Amanda at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ at 201.348.3149.

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3 Responses to Alicia “Slick” Ashley to Headline “Brooklyn Explosion” Fight Card

  1. Laura February 9, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Wow, that was really impressive. She can really move. I love it! I wish I could get up to NY to see her in action!

    Okay, another note… and I’ll preface it by saying I’m sure she could DESTROY me in 2 seconds in the ring… but man, Elena Reid’s outfit just BUGS me…. I think it’s the flowery stuff in her hair. Not a fan. But, like I said, she would KO me in no time so I guess it doesn’t really matter what kind of stuff she does to her hair 😛

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      Yeah, I’m not much of a girly girl, never went in much for the whole baby doll look, but I guess it works for her.

      Or does it? Do you think it keeps her from being taken seriously? Clearly she’s skilled, of course. I just wonder how much women are allowed to dip into the frilly, lacy, pretty pool before we are utterly discounted as contenders for power.

      And what does that say about our man-centered society?

      Can of worms!

      • Laura February 9, 2011 at 10:54 am #

        Huge can of worms!!

        But maybe one that needs to be opened? Maybe as female contenders get more recognition we’ll see more frills. But, l kind of doubt it.

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