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WBO president: The WBC needs to stop with its ‘palooka belts’

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WBO president Paco Valcarcel isn’t too thrilled with the WBC’s plans to hand out belts for its sanctioned fights.

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With Mexican Independence Day — traditionally a big fight date — just around the corner the WBC has announced its plans to award some more commemorative belts for a pair of upcoming bouts: Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin and Jaime Munguia vs Patrick Allotey.

Speaking on his organization’s plans, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said:

“These belts are tremendous works of art which has Mexico`s heart in it. And whoever wins them will take them home and cherish them for the rest of their lives. It is a piece of history for Eternity.

“The Governors` choice was a draw. But no instant replay needed in this one. And we feel it`s only fair to award two different belts to two different cards.”

But given that Jaime Munguia will actually be defending his WBO title against Allotey while Fury will be in a non-title tune-up bout against Wallin, WBO president Paco Valcarcel made it a point to say he’s not comfortable with the WBC just tossing their belts around where they don’t belong.

The WBC has become notorious in recent years for the sheer number of belts they’ve created strictly for novelty purposes, but don’t expect that to get in the way of Sulaiman’s craftsmanship. Even still, it’s nice to see alphabet bodies taking aim at one another from time to time. There’s way too many “champions” as it is.