Mexico City has set a world record for the largest boxing class ever held, with 14,299 people taking part in a huge lesson in the capital’s central plaza, Mayor Claudia Shenbaum announced Saturday.
This huge turnout easily surpassed the previous record, set in Moscow in 2017 when 3,000 people attended the boxing class.
After Saturday’s attendance figures were verified by a Guinness World Records team, Shinbaum posted a video thanking the “champions and those who made this great victory possible.”
Hundreds of people gathered early for the huge class at Zocalo Plaza, which began with a tai-chi warm-up, followed by a review of the initial boxing movement and then practice in a variety of combinations.
Leading professional boxers in the session were Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez, a three-time World Boxing Council (WBC) champion in the Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions; Anna Maria “Guerrera” Torres, a two-time WBC Super Flyweight Champion, and David Picasso, a two-time Junior Champion.
Saturday’s vote impressed many.
“I didn’t expect many people to come,” Araceli Salazar, 52, told AFP. “I’m pleasantly surprised.”
Carmen Perez, 16, an urban dance fan, says she is thrilled to take part.
“There’s a very beautiful energy – a lot of joy, a lot of joy,” he said.
The event was organized by the Mexico City government, which hired celebrities such as American actor Sylvester Stallone – big screen rocker Balboa – and boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to promote it.
After that, dozens of people jumped in with many professionals present to get autographs.
Mexico City, with a population of nine million, holds several Guinness World Records.
These include the largest serving of packaged tacos (2,712 pounds or 1,230 kilograms), the largest number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in an urban area (21,500), and the largest number of people playing football together (1,080).
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