By Boxing Bob Newman
Continued celebrations for the WBC’s 50th year are in full swing this Fall season. Last week saw not one but two separate, but simultaneous shows, headlined by WBC title fights in Las Vegas. Upstart Josesito Lopez made a gallant, but unsuccessful challenge for Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez’ WBC Super Welterweight title at the MGM Grand, while just a few blocks away the WBC Middleweight title was contested in an instant classic between defending champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and linear champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, with Martinez fending off a dramatic last round rally by Chavez to regain the title. The next two weekends will see two more WBC events take place on opposite ends of the USA as the countdown continues toward WBC convention #50 in Cancun, Mexico during the first week of December.
This weekend, September 21-23 will culminate with the unveiling of a larger-than-life statue of Rocky Marciano in the late champ’s hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts. The following week on Saturday, September 29, the WBC will hold a fund raising dinner and auction at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Organized in conjunction with Hublot luxury watches, the event will feature the auctioning off of twelve one-of-a-kind watches, one each with the engraved signature of an all time great boxing legend, each of who will be on hand at the event.
Up first in Brockton is a weekend long event that will see the 20 foot tall Rocky statue unveiled at Rocky Marciano Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m., 60 years to the day after Marciano annexed the title via KO13 of defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott. There will be receptions, a boxing event, a road race, mingling with local boxing personalities and more from Friday through Sunday.
The events are as follows: