Punch out! 14,299 set Guinness record for gathering for boxing lessons in Mexico City square
- A total of 14,299 people came together Saturday in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza to set the Guinness record for the world’s largest boxing class
- The feat surpassed the previous record set by 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 Érik ‘El Terrible’ Morales
Mexico has added to its rich boxing history by setting the world record for the largest pugilism class ever.
A total of 14,299 people took part in the massive lesson in Mexico City’s central plaza on Saturday.
The turnout easily surpassed the previous record, set in Moscow in 2017 when 3,250 people showed up for boxing class.
After Saturday’s attendance figure 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 enormous class in Zocalo plaza, which began with a tai-chi warmup, followed by a review of basic boxing movements and then practice in various combinations of blows
Mexico City set the record for the world’s largest boxing class when 14,299 people gather in the capital’s central plaza on Saturday. The feat has been recognized by the Guinness World Record
A boy gets in his boxing stance during an event in Mexico City on Saturday that established the world’s largest boxing class as a total of 14,299 people came together in a lesson that was led by some of the country’s former and current fighters
A total of 14,299 people came together Saturday to participate in the world’s largest boxing class held in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza
Érik ‘El Terrible’ Morales, first Mexico-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, was among the former and current boxers who led the session.
He was joined by Andy Ruiz, the former unified heavyweight champion; Humberto González, a five-time flyweight champion; Mariana ‘La Barby’ Juarez, a three-time World Boxing Council (WBC) champion in the flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight categories; Ana Maria ‘Guerrera’ Torres, a two-time WBC super flyweight champion, and David Picasso, a two-time junior champion.
A total of 14,299 people participated in the world’s biggest boxing lesson, which was held in Mexico City on Saturday
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum lauded the 14,299 attendees at Saturday’s event that a world record the biggest boxing lesson ever held, going on twitter to thank ‘the champions and those who made this great triumph possible’
The turnout impressed many of the attendees, who wore red, green and white t-shirts that resembled the Mexican flag.
‘I didn’t think many people would show up,’ 52-year-old Araceli Salazar told AFP. ‘I’m pleasantly surprised.’
Carmen Pérez, 16, an urban dance devotee, said she was thrilled to take part.
‘There is a very beautiful energy — very joyful, a lot of joy,’ she said.
The event was organized by the Mexico City government, 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.
Afterward, dozens of people swarmed the many professionals present to seek autographs.
Mexico City, with nine million residents, holds several Guinness records.
They include the biggest 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 simultaneously (1,080).