We started this conference with an incredible short film made by Pepe Sulaimán called “El púgil” which explores the harsh reality, about the aloneness of boxer in the ring.
While everyone believes that a boxer is surrounded of many people, the fighter climbs to the ring all alone. It should be noted that El Púgil won the prestigious award for best documentary at the Los Angeles International Festival.
The brilliantly haunting black and white film, which came into being following a conversation between Pepe and Israel Vazquez, shows gyms which are empty with the punch bags swinging but no one around, even for a round. And it`s complemented by a resonant but soul searching commentary, of Antonio Monroi. The body retains the memory but the heart and soul remains alone. After seeing the film, the Great Julio Cesar Chavez commented about the build up to his fights, where he was surrounded by people. But…in the hour before the bell rings, you feel alone and empty. The solitary you. So this film aptly captures the essence of solitude for each and every boxer.
With this sensational start, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke of the close relationship that boxing has with the celebrations of the two most important festivities for Mexico, on May 5 and September 15, for which the WBC has designed a series of special and unique masterpiece belts in order to reward and recognize the fights that have transcended the history of boxing. Each is a recognition that the WBC grants to the fighters who face each other on those two most important dates.
Mauricio commented that the WBC has worked hard with Mexican artisans who have transformed the WBC belt into true pieces of art, each representing the very best of their culture.
Huichol belt, contested by:
Saúl Álvarez and Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. “Huichol I” / May 6, 2017
Gennady Golovkin and Saul Álvarez “Huichol II” / September 16, 2017
Chiapas Belt, contested by:
Gennady Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan “Chiapaneco 1” / May 5, 2018
Gennady Golovkin and Saul Álvarez II “Chiapaneco II” / September 15, 2018
Mayan Belt, contested by:
Saul Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs “Maya I” / May 4, 2019
Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin “Maya II” / September 14, 2019
This belt was dedicated to the Heroes of Humanity, as a symbol of recognition for their work towards the pandemic that has changed the world that will remember all those who fought with their hearts to save many lives, dignify, give faith and hope to all.
Today, the WBC presented the OTOMÍ BELT, a unique piece made in collaboration with the State of Mexico and the Rubicó Art Gallery, who completed this magnificence with a masterful work incorporating obsidian stone, at the heart of the belt. This jewel, was embroidered by hand by the artisan Reyna Rayón. It captures through the colors and the symbolisms communion with the chromatic and the values of the Government of the State of Mexico that account for the harmony based on the love and affection of the family, diversity, fertility of the valleys; inspiration to protect the rights and freedoms of women. Also the very future and drive of our youth; the field, productivity; the joy and motivation to serve others, equality, tolerance and equal opportunities.
Ms. Marcela González Salas, Secretary of Culture and Sports of the State of Mexico, explained that this belt represents all the values of one of the most important ethnic groups because it shares the spirit of struggle and achievement, of sowing to obtain fruits and of give back to the earth what it offers.
Marimar Chapa from the Rubicó studio explained that the work of obsidian was carried out in stages: first a black plate was created with engraving in a technique known as “Sand-blast”, later it was worked with another segments carved in obsidian and engraved with this technique. Then it was assembled in A flat piece, giving enhancement and presence to the boxer and flags.
For the complete process of this plate, a lapidary work was carried out that involved: cutting, polishing, carving, engraving and drilling. A design work was developed on the plate with the selection of two different types of obsidian (black and gold) in two planes (low and high relief) to generate contrast and harmony in the central piece of the belt, proving once again that Rubicó It is a sample of the greatness of Mexican ingenuity.
The WBC flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora, said she was grateful and extremely blessed for belonging to the Otomí ethnic group, but also, to the WBC as this boxing body always considers as well as appreciates her culture, making her great honor, as this culture is spread globally.
This beautiful belt will commemorate the the third exhibition fight between the great Mexican champion Julio César Chávez and Jorge Arce, on September 25 at the Las Torres hotel in Tijuana; As on previous occasions, everything collected on this card will be for charitable purposes. At this point the Mexican idol, announced that proceeds will be directed to admit people on his rehab clinics for free, while Arce will provide rooms for people with low resources.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman made the official appointment to Julio and Jorge as Ambassadors of the Otomí Belt, because who better than them…the zenith representatives of Mexican boxing.
Visibly moved, both of them thanked the organization for this great distinction and pledged to give us all an unforgettable night for boxing and for Mexico.
Let’s not forget, also on this card, Julio César Chávez Jr will face Mario Cázares and of course, the WBC world champion Yamilteh Mercado, who returns to the ring in an 8-round fight against Dayanna González.