Mayweather-Canelo winner will get WBC 24K Gold World Championship strap
By Dan Ambrose: The WBC has decided to create a showy WBC 24K Gold World championship belt to give to the winner of the September 14th fight between WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), according to fightsaga.com.
There’s no word if additional sanctioning fees will be needed to cover the cost of the showy Gold strap. I would hope to think this is just something the WBC has thrown in to set their strap apart from the WBA title that Canelo still has in his possession.
The WBC recently spoke of Canelo having to decide which belt he was going to keep between the WBC and WBA titles that he has, but it looks as if they’ve backed off and will make an exception with Canelo to let him keep both his titles.
Hopefully the WBC will allow more of their fighters to hold multiple belts. WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia has two belts. Maybe this will be the norm from now on.
The WBC 24K Gold belt isn’t a new strap creation. It looks like it’s a one-time belt created specifically for the September 14th mega clash between Mayweather and Canelo, as if it really needed a 24K Gold belt to validate it.
Canelo is the owner of the WBC title, so if extra sanctioning fees are thrown in to cover the Gold belt creation, it would be up to him to say yes or no to it.
Canelo won his last fight over WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout in an open scoring bout in San Antonio, Texas last April. The WBC has open scoring.
Canelo was able to cruise to victory in the fight after the scores were revealed in the 4th and 8th rounds with two of the judges giving him almost every round. I had Trout winning most of the first 8 rounds, and then winning 3 of the last 4 rounds. I didn’t agree with the two judges that had Canelo up by a wide margin.