Green and Gold Belt
History of the Green and Gold Belt
First Generation: The first official belt of the World Boxing Council™ was presented with the plate in silver, black velvet sash. Some glories of our sport that made a piece of these belts theirs were: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, José Nápoles, Miguel Canto, among others.
Second Generation: This was the first original Adidas Belt. This piece was designed by Don Jose Sulaiman and supported by Mr. Piero Pini. This marked the birth of the now very famous, valuable and coveted "Green and Gold" belt. It was implemented starting in 1976, the year since when great champions have worn it, some of them were Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carlos Zarate and Alexis Arguello.
Third Generation: This sketch integrated two rows of flags around the logo. Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis were also immortalized on the strap with two golden medals with their images. Some of the greats who received it were Julio César Chávez, Mike Tyson and Ricardo López, among many others. This sash had small metal chains joining the medallions on which the aforementioned photographs appeared.
Fourth Generation: In 2000 we took another big leap by introducing a belt with three lines of flags around the logo, in order to include the then 165 countries affiliated to the WBC. Four ceramics were also added to replace the medals and small chains of the previous one. This belt was won by Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, among other ring greats.
Fifth Generation: This model of belt is used to recognize current champions and highlights a more than notable difference with the previous ones, since several ceramic figures were added to the ones it already had. This belt has three on the right side and three on the left side. As a very visible change, the photographs of Don José Sulaimán, the champion chosen among the best in our history (WBC) according to the division in which it is in play and the boxer who won the belt appear. At the other end you can see Muhammad Ali and the one selected by the "Board" and the owner of the belt are repeated. The latter depending on the division in question among the 17 we have in men's boxing. On the other hand, more flags were added, of course from the new countries that joined our organization.
We cannot discard the new division and the incorporation of Floyd Mayweather to the generation of belts.
Green Belt: What does it mean, what does it represent, what materials is it made of?
The Green Belt means being the world champion, being the most prestigious award for a boxer, an icon in the sport that every boxer dreams of winning someday. It has been worn by the greatest boxers in history such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ray Leonard, among others. The green belt is made of skin, gold, passion, pride, courage, illusions, sweat, tears, bravery, honor and glory, being the highest boxing excellence award that can be given to an athlete.
The WBC gold belt is a unique edition of the green belt that is awarded in a fight, in a unique evening between the two greatest boxing exponents of today.
"My blood is green, my heart is gold".