Apparently Amir Khan’s upcoming fight with Billy Dib isn’t worthy enough to be for the WBC’s newly created ‘pearl’ title, so the sanctioning body has withdrawn the belt from their July 12th bout.
Not to worry, though, the WBC has instead targeted Khan-Dib for their vacant ‘international’ title. Here’s part of a statement the WBC released on their decision:
“The World Boxing Council had prepared a special belt to recognize the winner of this fight not only because this is a historical contest, but also as a symbol of peace to recognize the efforts of Amir Khan; representing Great Britain and Pakistan. And Neeraj Goyat; representing India.
“This is to boost sports and social development in this region.
“Considering all these elements and above all the proven quality of both contenders, the WBC approved Khan vs. Dib for the vacant international welter belt. The pearl belt will be reserved for another special occasion in the future.”
It’s expected that the ‘pearl’ title will be put on ice for a future Khan fight in the region, not that there’s any real significance to the belt anyway.