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Pope Blessed and Signed Fury Vs Usyk Title Belt

Fury Vs Usyk fight

May 18 will be a great day for boxing lovers all over the world as undisputed heavyweight championships fight will take place between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. And this fight has attracted a global attention including the Pope who has append his signature on the WBC title belt. According to Mauricio Sulaiman who explains the reason why the Pope signed the WBC title belt.

We knew the fight has gotten global attention but didn’t know it extend to the vatican.

The Pontiff signed and blessed the title belt that Fury and Usyk will box for on May 18.

The Pope's signature on the WBC heavyweight title belt
The Pope’s signature on the WBC heavyweight title belt

The WBC has commissioned a new title belt for the Fury vs Usyk fight, with Ukrainian and British emblems on either strap. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman took the belt to the Pope, who blessed and signed it.

“Pope Francis has a foundation,” Sulaiman told newsmen. “I learned there was a programme called Football with Values. I proposed to the Pope to do Boxing with Values. So he accepted, immediately embraced boxing.

“Since that day we have been doing a lot of activations and training and going out trying to teach values through boxing with thousands of people around the world

“We have had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, before the pandemic and now after the pandemic.”

As for whom the Pope is tipping to win the big fight, the Pontiff it transpires will remain studiously neutral.

“I brought the belt, he blessed the belt, he signed it. [The Pope] signed one side [on the strap] and he said I must sign the other side otherwise this fighter is going to think I’m cheering for him and not the other,” Sulaiman revealed.

“Doesn’t have a favourite. He’s looking forward to May 18!”

Mauricio Sulaiman unveils the WBC belt

Mauricio Sulaiman unveils the WBC belt
Mauricio Sulaiman unveils the WBC belt

Boxing and the Holy See are a perhaps unlikely combination. But Sulaiman insists the Pope recognises the social values that the sport can embody.

“People are taken out of the streets to go into gyms,” Sulaiman said.

“He [the Pope] himself made the comparison of the cobra and the mongoose. The mongoose is a little rat, the King cobra is the most terrifying snake and yet the mongoose beats the King cobra.

“And he makes that analogy saying that in life sometimes you have to know your weaknesses and your strengths, use them and always know the weakness of your enemy.

“So the mongoose uses speed and movement and beats a cobra. He told me that the first time I met him.”

Whether the Pope thinks Usyk will be the mongoose to Fury’s cobra, we do not know. We all have to wait till May 18 to find out.

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