WBC to present 2 Mayan belts for Fury-Wallin & Munguia-Allotey fights on Sept.14
By Dan Ambrose: The winner of the September 14th fights between lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin and WBO 154-lb champion Jaime Munguia and Patrick Allotey will be given given Mayan Belts by the WBC.
Fury is scheduled to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on February 22. That’s the title that Fury wants to capture, because it’ll put him in position to face the winner of the Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua fight.
WBC Mayan belts not championship titles
These are NOT championship level belts by the World Boxing Council, but rather “trophy” titles. The fights are both taking place on the Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend. There’s no word about whether the WBC will require a sanctioning fee for the 2 trophy titles. That would be disappointing if he winners have to pay sanctioning fees for the trophy belts. Ideally, these would be complimentary trophy’s given by the WBC, but you never know.
The WBC will present 2 Mayan Belts for the Sept 16 Fights!
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) September 3, 2019
There’s no actual belt with Fury’s heavyweight lineal title. It’s a symbolic title that Fury won by beating 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Wladimir was past his prime by the time Fury beat him four years ago, and it was kind of an empty win for the 6’9″ Tyson. By that point, Wladimir was no longer the #1 heavyweight in the division. Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua had taken Wladimir’s place as the top heavyweights. It’ll be interesting to see if Fury makes a big production about the Mayan belt like he does with his lineal heavyweight title.
Jaime Munguia vs. Patrick Allotey
Unbeaten Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) will be defending his WBO 154-lb title against #13 WBO fringe contender Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) on September 14 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The fight will be shown on DAZN. This is supposed to be the 21-year-old Munguia’s 4th and final title defense of his WBO 154-lb title before he moves up to middleweight to go after some of the titles in that weight class.
Middleweight is division that better suits the size of the 6’0″ Munguia, as he rehyrates to 175 pounds for his fights at 154. He’s bigger and heavier than former IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Munguia’s youth has enabled him to dehydrate down to make the 154 pound division for the last six years since he turned pro in 2013.
“Jaime is an aggressive fighter by nature,” said Munguia’s trainer Erik Morales to Fight News. “Many people have criticized his defense, but he’s not a defensive fighter. He has to have an active defense. Your best defense is offense, but we aren’t going to attack in an irresponsible or accelerated manner. We’re going to find a balance of defense and intelligence and attack with increased pace and distance.”
Munguia should have no problems winning this fight. Allotey was selected from near the bottom of the World Boxing Organization’s rankings. Golden Boy Promotions aren’t taking any chances with Munguia after his close call in his last fight against Dennis Hogan last April. Munguia struggled in winning a controversial 12 round split decision over Hogan in Monterrey, Mexico, but a lot of boxing fans saw it as a robbery.
Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) will be making a defense against Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) in the final tune-up before he faces WBC champion Deontay Wilder on February 22. Wallin, 6’6″, has the size to give Fury problems, but not the boxing skills or power.
The Swedish heavyweight is a light puncher with slow hand speed, and a ranking that is much than it should be. He’s ranked #4 WBA, #11 IBF, but he’s done nothing to rate that high ranking.
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