Alicia Ashley has no plans of retiring following loss to Dina Thorslund
Alicia Ashley fell short in her bid to force a world title rematch, losing a unanimous decision to Dina Thorslund for the interim WBC women’s junior featherweight title Saturday in Struer, Denmark.
The scores were close, with two cards marking it 96-94 while the third had it 97-93 for the hometown fighter, Thorslund, who is 26 years the junior of the 50-year-old Ashley. Thorslund rises to an 11-0 (6 knockouts) record and will likely be the next in line to face titleholder Fatuma Zarika.
The loss drops Ashley to 24-12-1 (4 KOs) over the course of a 19-year pro career, but the Jamaica-born Brooklyn resident says she has no plans of stopping her career.
“I’m of course disappointed in the result of the fight. I started off too slow and started to get into a groove as the fight unfolded. I feel really good about my performance but saddened that I fell short of my goal,” said Ashley, who became the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest female boxing champion after she won the WBC junior featherweight belt for a second time at age 48.
“This fight just made me a little bit hungrier. There is no way anyone watching this fight will say ‘because she’s 50, she lost.’ The fact that I wore her down is a testament to my shape and desire to win. You haven’t seen the last of me yet.”
Ashley had been hoping to set up a rematch with Zarika to avenge a split-decision loss to the Namibian fighter in 2016, which cost her the belt.
The show was promoted by Sauerland Promotion.