Punched out! 14,299 set Guinness record by gathering for boxing lessons in Mexico City square
Knocked Out! 14,299 set Guinness record by gathering for boxing lessons in Mexico City plaza
- A total of 14,299 people gathered in Mexico City’s Zocalo Square on Saturday to set the Guinness record for the world’s largest boxing class
- The feat surpassed the previous record of 3,000 boxing enthusiasts in Moscow in 2017
- Saturday’s class was led by current and former Mexican boxing greats, including Andy Ruiz Jr. and Eric ‘El Terrible’ Morales
Mexico has expanded its rich boxing history by setting the world record for the largest boxing class ever.
A total of 14,299 people took part in the mass class on Saturday in Mexico City’s main square.
The turnout easily surpassed the previous record, set in Moscow in 2017, when 3,250 people showed up for the boxing class.
After Saturday’s attendance was certified by a Guinness World Records team, Mayor Claudia 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 repetition of the basic boxing moves, then practice in various combinations of strokes.
Mexico City set the record for the world’s largest boxing class when 14,299 people gathered in the capital’s main square on Saturday. The achievement has been recognized by the Guinness World Record
A boy takes his boxing stance at an event in Mexico City on Saturday that brought about the biggest boxing class in the world as a total of 14,299 people gathered in a class led by some of the country’s former and current fighters.
A total of 14,299 people gathered on Saturday to take part in the world’s largest boxing class in Mexico City’s Zocalo Square
Érik ‘El Terrible’ Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight divisions, was among the former and current boxers to lead the session.
He was joined by Andy Ruiz, the former unified heavyweight champion; Humberto González, five-time flyweight champion; Mariana ‘La Barby’ Juarez, 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.
A total of 14,299 people took part in the world’s largest boxing class, which was held in Mexico City on Saturday
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum praised the 14,299 in attendance at Saturday’s event that set a world record for the largest boxing class ever, and took to Twitter to thank “the champions and those who made this great triumph possible.”
The turnout impressed many of those in attendance, who wore red, green and white t-shirts that resembled the Mexican flag.
“I didn’t think many people would show up,” Araceli Salazar, 52, told AFP. ‘I am pleasantly surprised.’
Carmen Pérez, 16, an urban dance enthusiast, said she was very excited to participate.
“There’s a very beautiful energy — very joyful, very joyful,” she said.
The event was organized by the government of Mexico City, which had recruited such prominent figures as American actor Sylvester Stallone — Rocky Balboa on the big screen — and boxer Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez to promote it.
Afterwards, dozens of people swarmed the many professionals present for autographs.
Mexico City, with a population of nine million, holds several Guinness records.
They include the largest serving of packaged tacos (2,712 pounds), the largest number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in an urban area (21,500), and the largest number of people playing foosball at the same time (1,080).