Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel Sanctioned For WBC “Freedom Belt”

On June 19th, WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will defend his title against top rated contender Juan Macias Montiel, in the main event of a Showtime televised card from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The World Boxing Council announced on Thursday that a special “Freedom Belt” has been created for the contest.

According to the sanctioning body, the belt was generated to “commemorate Juneteenth Day, which emancipated slavery in the state of Texas.”

Over the last few years, the WBC has become no stranger to making commemorative belts for certain dates and high profile cards.

The WBC will also hold a special event on the same day in New York City, at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.

“The World Boxing Council gamily spans one hundred and seventy nations worldwide, irrespective of race, color and creed. The winners of the cherished green and gold belt are lauded for their magnificent dedication and wonderful achievements. That is our definition, and it remains our gold standard,” said the WBC in a statement.

“In New York City, the WBC will have an outdoor celebration sponsored by WBC Cares and Gleason’s Gym. Here, under the Dumbo Extension, Grammy Award winning musician, NabateIsle’s will play when a replica of this magnificent WBC Freedom belt is presented to the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem, by Borough President, Eric Adams. The festival will also be commemorating the 40th anniversary of Boxer’s Day, in honor of Joe Louis.

“The Juneteenth Freedom belt, is part of the historic celebration for fundamental rights of emancipation underlining the fact that all children, women and men are born equal. It is epitomized by the famous quote of journalist Jimmy Cannon about Joe Louis, which said: “Joe is a credit to his race…the human race.””