The World Boxing Association (WBA) has unveiled a special belt that was made to honor the big fight this weekend between Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares.
This is not a “brand new” type of belt, as some may think, but rather a special belt that is only made for historic matchups on special occasions to commemorate the best fighting the best.
These “Super Belts” are made for great matchups – such as the two most important fights of the year of 2017; Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin and Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua. The latter of those fights ended up being the fight of the year and a very historic, legendary fight. This fight between Lomachenko and Linares figures to be a high calibre type of fight for 2018.
The fight will be taking place this Saturday and broadcast live on ESPN from Madison Square Garden in New York, with the special occasion being that Lomachenko will be challenging for his third weight division title and will be taking on the best in the division in Jorge Linares, who is the reigning WBA World Lightweight Champion.
WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza will be present at the fight to award the belt to the winner on this very special occasion, seeing as he knows the importance of this highly anticipated matchup where a super champion will be anointed.
A lot is on the line for this fight, with many boxing pundits and fans having Lomachenko penned as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Either he can reinforce that claim with a victory over Linares for a new title in a new weight class or Linares can make his claim as the top pound for pound fighter if he can upset the apple cart and live up to what many thought not too long ago was the best potential in boxing.