Mexico City fights its way to a new Guinness World Record


Aerial view of people taking part in a massive boxing class in the Zocalo square in Mexico City on June 18, 2022. – AFP pic

Sunday, June 19, 2022 07:08 GMT

MEXICO CITY, June 19 — Mexico City set a world record for hosting the biggest boxing class ever, with 14,299 people taking part in a massive lesson in the capital’s central plaza, Mayor Claudia announced Saturday. Sheinbaum.

The huge turnout easily surpassed the previous record, set in Moscow in 2017, when 3,000 people showed up for a boxing lesson.

After Saturday’s attendance figure was certified by a Guinness World Records team, Sheinbaum posted a video thanking “the champions and those who made this great triumph possible”.

Hundreds of people had gathered early for the huge class in Zocalo Square, which began with a tai chi warm-up, followed by a review of basic boxing moves and then practice of various combinations shots.

Among the professional boxers who led the session were Mariana “La Barby” Juarez, a three-time World Boxing Council (WBC) champion in the flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight categories; Ana Maria “Guerrera” Torres, two-time WBC super flyweight champion, and David Picasso, two-time junior champion.

Saturday’s turnout impressed many attendees.

“I didn’t think many people would show up,” Araceli Salazar, 52, told AFP. “I am pleasantly surprised.”

Carmen Perez, 16, passionate about urban dance, said she was delighted to participate.

“There’s a very beautiful energy – very happy, a lot of joy,” she said.

The event was organized by the government of Mexico City, which had recruited figures such as American actor Sylvester Stallone – Rocky Balboa on the big screen – and boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to promote it.

Subsequently, dozens of people invaded the many professionals present to ask for autographs.

Mexico City, with nine million inhabitants, holds several Guinness records.

They include the largest serving of packaged tacos (2,712 pounds or 1,230 kilograms), the most free Wi-Fi hotspots in an urban area (21,500), and the most people playing baby -foot simultaneously (1,080). —AFP


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