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THORSTUND AND ASHLEY MAKE WEIGHT FOR "BATTLE OF THE AGES" IN DENMARK


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This Saturday, Dina Thorslund will face Alicia Ashley for the vacant WBC Women's Interim World Super bantamweight Championship in Struer, Denmark, and both contenders had no problems making weight.

Local hero Thorslund tipped the scale at 55.2 kg (121.7 lbs.) while Ashley weighed in at 54.5 kg (120.1 lbs.). The bout could be billed as "Battle of the Ages". While 24-year-old Thorslund has won the WBC Youth World Championship a little over a year ago, ring veteran and two-time World Champion Ashley could be her mother. The Jamaican who lives in New York and trains at world famous "Gleason's Gym" already holds the Guiness World Record for being the oldest boxing World Champion after winning the Superbantamweight title in October 2015 - at 48 years of age.

Two and a half years later, Ashley is looking to beat her own record just two weeks before her 51st birthday! And the elusive age-defying southpaw has a reasonable  chance of doing so. Ashley lost the title by split decision to Fatuma Zarika in October 2016 and has waited for another shot at the belt ever since. After Zarika got injured in her last title defense in December, the WBC Female Championship Committee ordered the interim Championship between Thorslund and Ashley. The winner will go on to face Zarika next.


Boxing fans in Struer are fired up eagerly waiting to find out who  will prevail - Thorslund's youth and power or Ashley's slickness and vast experience. Promoted by Sauerland event, the championship starts at 9pm Central European time Saturday night and will be broadcast live on Viasat in Scandinavia and Sport1 in Germany.


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