WBO Head Blasts WBC’s “Palooka Belts”

While governing bodies are known to just sanction fights, it seems an issue has developed between the World Boxing Organization and the World Boxing Council.

WBO President Paco Valcarcel has come out against the WBC and their president Mauricio Sulaiman, for their ceremonial titles, especially the recent decision regarding their Mayan belts.

The WBC initially was set to hand off the ceremonial title to the winner of Canelo Alvarez’s return on September 14th. With that fight up in smoke, a poll was put up within the WBC between the other fights that have taken up Alvarez’s traditional Mexican Independence Day slot.

Sulaiman claims there was a draw in the voting process, which meant the WBC will hand out two of the jade encrusted championship titles next week, one to the winner of Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin’s fight, the other a junior middleweight fight between Jaime Munguia and Patrick Allotey in Carson, California.

The latter is where Valcarcel takes exception to the WBC sanctioning, as it is for the WBO’s junior middleweight championship.

“What the hell are these people from another sanctioning body doing handing out copper and silver, Mayan, pearl, studded aluminum, Aztec belts in bouts sponsored by other organizations, to contenders who don’t really care about these palooka belts. This needs to stop, enough already,” Valcarcel said in a story published by Boxing Scene.

“These belts are tremendous works of art which has Mexico`s heart in it,” Sulaiman contended.
“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 was needed in this one. And we feel it`s only fair to award two different belts to two different cards.”

The heat follows the WBC due to some controversial moves within boxing circles the past few years, including having champions make mandatory defenses against other organization’s champions, but what irked others is the development of a “Franchise championship.”

The move came earlier this summer, when the WBC gave Canelo Alvarez the distinction of Franchise champion, unveiling a convoluted set of rules regarding how the title can be defended or how it can be distinguished from the “world” champion, who was designated to be the then-interim champion Jermall Charlo.

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Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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