In the city of Oranjestead, capital of Aruba, a small island located to the northwest of Venezuela, and for many years a Dutch domain, during the 1986 WBC Annual Convention, the International WBC titles were created.
An innovative idea promoted WBC Life President Don José Sulaimán, who appointed Antonio Sciarra as President of the International Committee. A very special date that marked a new opportunity for those working towards the opportunity to conquer the Absolute World Boxing Council belt.
Having approved these new championships, on December 10, 1986 at the Hua Mark Indoor stadium in Bangkok in Thailand, Mexican Raúl Valdez faced the local Rocky Chitalada having at stake the light flyweight WBC International title, which he conquered by KO.
Since then, this championship has been contested in multiple boxing venues around the world by boxers who, through effort and especially passion, have excelled due to this great opportunity. We are talking about titles that since their creation have served as a prelude to the world championship in each of the existing divisions.
The international WBC titles have been the international window for many young people who today would not possibly be at the peak of success if it were not for this process of graduation. One of many that our President developed within his very prolific and important path through the most important, powerful and influential entity in the history of world boxing. .
We are offering a deserved recognition to Mauro Betti, who since he took WBC International committee leadership in 1994, following the death of Antonio Sciarra, has ably administered these belts, working tirelessly and brilliantly worldwide, giving them the prestige and importance that these recognitions highly deserve. And as an inspiration to young and relatively unknown fighters, promoting the sport and influencing young generations, to reach for the sky and themselves become stars.