Indigenous craftsman will create belt for Canelo-Chávez match
WITH HUICHOL ART
Newsroom/El Comercio de Colorado
The World Boxing Council (WBC) will debut a new tradition for the fight between Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr. The winner of the fight on May 6 will receive a commemorative belt made by Luis de la Cruz López, indigenous craftsman. Cruz López belongs to the huichol ethnicity that extends through the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Mexico and Coahuila.
A belt like that, which will be received by Alvarez or Chavez, will be given to those who win the bouts that will continue to be held every May 5 and September 15 in Las Vegas. The piece is named “Adolfo López Mateos”, former president of Mexico between 1958 and 1964. Lopez Mateos supported the founding of the World Boxing Council in 1963.
The designers of the piece that Cruz López elaborates explained that the belt will use about 40 thousand accounts, or “chaquiras”. These pieces were brought from the Czech Republic and their cost is invaluable. There is no artisanal piece in the market with these characteristics and dimensions. The artist will finish his work in the coming weeks. The belt will be presented in Mexico City.