Two WBC Maya Belts will be up for grabs in the forthcoming fights on September 14 between Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin in Las Vegas, as well as Jaime Munguia vs Patrick Allotey in Carson, California on the same night.
The World Boxing Council's President Mauricio Sulaiman unveiled the twin belts, which took six months to create from gold jade and other semi-precious stones and ceramics, with special resin in the design of serpents. These works of art were displayed by superstar champion Ana Maria Torres and female bantamweight Champion Mariana Juarez.
Mauricio explained that the WBC Board of Governors had been tied in votes for which fight most deserved this special status, so both had been chosen in the end.
Mauricio also said: “This is a very significant event. Congressmen have joined us and they themselves get into the political ring, with their shares of blows in their day to day work. I feel very honored to have our Boxing Community along with the Congressmen and Congresswomen in a very special ceremony for the Mayan Belts.
“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.”
Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin takes place on September 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury (28-0-1 20 KOs) is in the midst of one of sport’s most remarkable comebacks, a Hollywood script turned reality that has seen him battle back from substance abuse and mental health issues to reclaim his spot atop the sport. After nearly three years out of the ring following the Klitschko triumph, Fury returned in June of last year and won a pair of fights before his controversial draw versus WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Six months after the Wilder fight, he made short work of Schwarz (24-0 at the time) and will once again fight an undefeated challenger in Sin City.
Wallin (20-0, 1 NC, 13 KOs), from Sundsvall, Sweden, is looking to become the second Swedish heavyweight champion, as Ingemar Johansson held the crown from 1959-1960. Wallin, 28, made his United States debut in April, a no-contest against Nick Kisner after Kisner suffered a cut due to an accidental headbutt in the opening round. A six-year pro, Wallin defeated Adrian Granat (15-1 at the time) by 12-round unanimous decision in April 2018 to capture the European Union heavyweight crown.