By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos and Video: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
On Tuesday in Mexico City, the World Boxing Council awarded the green and gold belts to newly crowned world champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Robert Guerrero. The presentation was made by WBC public relations director Victor Cota. “They were champions from WBO titles who now won the titles of the World Boxing Council, the most prestigious organization in the sport of fists,” said Cota.
Ponce de Leon won the WBC world featherweight crown by dethroning Jhonny Gonzalez on September 15 in Las Vegas and Roberto Guerrero won the the welterweight diadem against Selcuk Aydin on July 28 in San Jose, California.
“I sought this belt for years challenging Jhonny Gonzalez, Oscar Larios and Israel Vazquez and now I have it in my hands and expect to defend it against the best and I will do my best to keep it,” said Ponce de Leon.
Names in the mix for his first defense include Salvador Sanchez II, Robinson Castellanos, Claudio Marrero and Jayson Velez among others. The intent is that Ponce De Leon can defend his crown in Mexico before the end of the year.
Guerrero was also proud to hold the scepter of the WBC and waits for an opportunity to face Floyd Mayweather Jr or Timothy Bradley next year and may even wait for an opportunity against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Ponce De Leon was also asked about a possible rematch with Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero.
“Caballero is currently not on my agenda,” he commented. “I respect that he’s a good champion, has the glory of having dethroned the undefeated champion but my route right now is another one. I accept that Caballero is very highly rated for the division and a very difficult fighter. I want to expose my crown at the top and I’m on schedule for a rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez, but in boxing nothing is written in stone and perhaps in the future maybe that fight will happen but at this point it’s not one of the possibilities. Fear? Of course not but my priorities and goals are different. I understand that it would attract attention and I’m not running from a rematch. I will continue on my way looking for my own story. Also he was the one who won so he can continue to enjoy his triumph of 2005 and his new crown and can explore better options in boxing.”