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The WBC 54th Anniversary Commemorative Belts

The World Boxing Council was founded February 14th, 1963, thanks to the initiative of then President of Mexico, Don Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and a special belt has now been created to honor his memory, and contribution to our existence, plus growth into Boxing’s most important organization.

Don Adolfo was a boxer in his youth and was often seen at the boxing matches, even during his historic six years as President.

With 11 countries present, the World Boxing Council was born and at that very moment, the quest to make boxing safer began.

Mexico celebrates 2 major National Festivities, 5 De Mayo and Independence Day on September 15. Over the years these dates have been directly related to boxing with major contests promoted to commemorate them.

Mexico is the second most important nation of boxing, and its number of champions, is only behind the USA and the third in number of championship fights held, after USA and Japan.

The WBC has decided to institute the “Adolfo Lopez Mateos” commemorative belt to be presented as an special award to the winner of the fights contested on these 2 dates as a way to celebrate the link of boxing with the country of Mexico, which is the home of the WBC headquarters.

On may 6th two Mexican fighters will fight during the Mexican 5 de Mayo celebration weekend in Las Vegas. The winner will be awarded this unique belt, which is hand made by the Huichol community. A uniquely magnificent work of art.

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Amir Khan to fight Manny Pacquiao as boxers agree on terms over clash in Britain in May

“Pacquiao set for clash with former training partner Khan on May 20 with Manchester or Bolton likely venue”

Former training partners Khan and Pacquiao are understood to have agreed terms to face each other in Britain in what would be one of the most eagerly-anticipated fights of the year.

Khan has been pushing for a career defining clash with either Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather for years and now looks to have finally got his wish.

And according to The Times, the pair will go head-to-head later this year with the Manchester Arena or Bolton’s Macron Stadium the venue to host the bout.

Khan has not fought since he was knocked out challenging Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas last May.

Since then the 30-year-old has taken time off to recover from an operation to repair a damaged hand – which Khan revealed to The Sun meant he had been fighting with a broken bone for 13 years.

But after looking for a high profile match to greet his return top the ring, it seems he may have come up trumps with about against the popular Filipino.

Talks took place with promoter Eddie Hearn over a huge all-British clash with Kell Brook but no deal could be agreed amid claims Khan was holding out for too much money.

Now it seems the former world light-welterweight champion will get the A-list opponent he has been searching for in the shape of Pacquiao.

Verbal agreements have been reached between both camps, with just official contracts now needing to be signed.

And though at 38 Pacquaio is no longer at the peak of his powers, he is still regarded as one of the sport’s biggest names and getting him to fight in the UK will be a huge attraction to British boxing fans.

He has been crowned world champion across eight divisions and is regarded as one of the greatest fighters boxing has ever seen.

Last November he was crowned WBO welterweight champion when he cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision to beat Jessi Vargas in Vegas.

Khan and Pacquiao know each other well after their time working together under Freddie Roach in Hollywood, when they sparred hundreds of rounds together.

At the time Roach insisted they would not fight each other, but Khan’s switch to work under Virgil Hunter in 2012 has made the bout possible.

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Weight issues aside, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. ready for tough fight

How much would Alvarez, who has been boxing at 154 and 155 pounds, be willing to go up in weight? And how much would Chavez, who has been fighting between 168 and 172 in recent years (and struggling badly to make it), be willing to come down?

They finally settled on a catchweight of 164.5 pounds, with significant financial penalties if either misses weight, for their 12-round fight on May 6 (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET) — Cinco de Mayo weekend — at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas.

So on Monday, when the fighters and their teams kicked off a four-city, two-country media tour/fan fest to promote the bout, thousands of fans and hundreds of media showed up for the kickoff event in Mexico City. Naturally, the weight issue was a hot topic of discussion, as was the meaning of the fight to Mexican fans.

Read more: https://goo.gl/v0l4t9 

Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Where: T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas When: Saturday, May 6 TV: HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET

source: espn.com

 

 

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