The WBC Commemorative Belts of September
On Saturday, September 17, Saul “Canelo” Álvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin will attract the attention of the whole world when they star in their third epic match with the undisputed super middleweight championship held by the Mexican at stake.
Although both have built successful careers, their rivalry is already considered one of the most important in contemporary boxing. This duel will further cement their legacy and position in the records of our sport.
Apart from everything that will be at stake, the winner of this fight will be able to take home the WBC “Guerrero Jaguar Zapoteca” commemorative belt. This concept was born in 2017, and since then, every year a culture is selected to create handmade belts and present a magnificent tribute from the WBC to world boxing and Mexican identity.
The World Boxing Council commemorative belts for May 5 and September 16 are a special trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the greatest fights held surrounding these two Mexican holidays, regardless of the nationality of the contenders.
World sports has a constant calendar with specific dates in which they present their biggest events, leading to great expectation worldwide. In the case of boxing, something magical happens, as our sport has two dates on which we can see boxing at its highest level: May 5 and September 16. So, the third duel #CaneloGGG will be the final decider.
The “Guerrero Jaguar Zapoteca” Belt, unique in its kind, is the result of the joint work between the government of Oaxaca, the World Boxing Council, Cleto Reyes and of course the brilliant artists of Taller Jacobo and María Ángeles.
Guerrero Jaguar Zapoteca
Below, the World Boxing Council present all the WBC commemorative belts that have been created, disputed and presented to recognize the best fights of September:
Huichol II Belt
It is a monochrome piece, that has a very special value as it reflects the heritage of an entire culture that has remained intact over time. This belt shows the importance of the Huichol symbology, the chakiras represent for this culture the heart of the deer, the sun, the fire and the wind. Luis de la Cruz worked alongside his brother Sergio, seeking to capture the essence of Mexico and Kazakhstan, while representing the corn cycle, a symbolic date for the Huicholes.
It was disputed by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin.
Chiapas II Belt
The second edition of this belt bears the name of “Majbanéj-Maya“, a Tzotzil Mayan word that means “Mayan Warrior“, its design represents power, strength and courage. Corn appears as a symbol of creation; the flower represents beauty and life and the rhombus; the world. In this version the color white predominates and details such as corn, jaguars and flowers, predominant symbols of the culture, can be observed.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin disputed it in their second battle.
Maya II Belt
This work of art also recognizes the God Kukulcan, known as the Feathered Serpent; however, in this edition we can observe the movement of the snake that represents the joys and difficulties in the life of the human being.
It was disputed by Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin.
The State of Mexico and the Rubicó Art Gallery gave life to a unique hand-embroidered piece by artisan Reyna Rayon, who captured through her colors and symbolism the most important values of this ethnic group, which are love, family unity , equality, tolerance and opportunities.
An artisan jewel that the Rubicó Art Gallery complemented, it is a masterful work with obsidian stone, this being the heart of the belt.
Awarded to Julio Cesar Chavez and Jorge Arce in their exhibition fight in favor of health personnel.
The belt is made up of more than 40 pieces of golden obsidian, an iconic rock of this culture that helped the economy of the Teotihuacan culture. In the center are two serpents found facing each other, with jade teeth. The bodies of Quetzalcoatl are part of the belt with a geometric framework alluding to the plumage that this deity had.
The golden obsidian and jade rhombuses are a geometry that refers to Teotihuacan mural painting. The piece has brass details, as well as the iconic pyramid of the sun and the moon.
It was disputed by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Caleb Plant.