This Saturday, Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo will not only compete for the undisputed super middleweight championship but also for another jewel: the coveted Puebla Belt.
The WBC has officially announced the commemorative title that will be up for grabs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this 30th September, when Canelo and Charlo lock horns for the former’s undisputed titles at 168.
The WBC began with this tradition in 2017 and thus recognizes the winner of the most important fight of the weekend of 5th May 5th and 16th September. The belts are made by the hands of Mexican artisans, each dedicated to Mexican culture. Back in May, it was for Puebla and Jalisco, and now only for the former.
It was designed by Angélica Moreno at the workshop in the city of Talavera de la Reyna, and two artisan techniques from the state of Puebla were used, which are Talavera and embroidery.
The Talavera was created in the workshop and the embroidery was done by the Pueblan artist, Matilde Juárez. The Cathedral of Puebla is painted on the Talavera, one of the most representative monuments of the State, supported by two angels. On the sash, there are diamond-shaped Talavera pieces, which stand out among the colorful embroidery.
The WBC Presents Puebla Belt
Commemorative belt to be presented to the winner of #CaneloCharlo
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) September 25, 2023
“For the development of the belt, two of the most important craft techniques in the State of Puebla were used, talavera and embroidery. The embroidery was done by Matilde Juárez, a craftswoman and artist from Puebla who shows through embroidery and applied colors the most representative patterns of different locations in the state of Puebla,” read an official statement from the WBC.
“The Talavera frames the belt plate with a traditional, exquisite and ornate Puebla design. The feathering, which is representative of Puebla, in this edition, was done and wonderfully accomplished in black, with the intention of depicting and highlighting an ancient design, managing to transmit and preserve and glorify the Puebla tradition. Significantly, the Cathedral of Puebla, which is one of the most representative monuments in this beautiful State, is prominently portrayed, supported by two soaring angels, who are a focal point plus part of the history of Angelopolis,” the statement further added. [H/T Boxing Scene]