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WBC creates new belt to celebrate Mexican holidays

The Canelo-Chavez winner will be the first to get their hands on this doozy of a belt.

Gennady Golovkin & Kell Brook Press Conference Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

If there’s one thing in the world that boxing needs, it’s another trinket to parade around. And luckily for us the WBC has created a new commemorative belt that honors two Mexican holidays that typically make up the biggest fight weekends of the year — May 5th and September 15th (Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independance Day).

Considering that we have a big all-Mexican clash slated for May 6 between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the timing couldn’t be any better as the winner will be the first to receive this highly decorative piece.

The organization makes it clear that this won’t be another championship belt, despite ‘World Champion’ being written across it, but rather a unique piece that celebrates Mexican heritage which is designed and created by Huicholes, indigenous people of Mexico. It reportedly takes about 6 weeks to make each one.

The WBC has named the belt the "Adolfo López Mateos" after the former Mexican president who was a big boxing supporter. After the WBC decides on the final design, the belt will be awarded twice a year to the winners of the big fights surronding those holidays.

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