How Boxing Championship Belts Are Made | How It’s Made

How Boxing Championship Belts Are Made | How It’s Made


♪♪ Narrator:
WHEN PROFESSIONAL BOXERS
WIN A TITLE, THEY’RE CROWNED THE CHAMP AND REWARDED WITH A BELT
TO BE WORN AROUND THE WAIST. EACH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION
COMMISSIONS A BELT THAT’S CUSTOM-DESIGNED
TO ITS SPECIFICATIONS AND PROMINENTLY FEATURES
THE ORGANIZATION’S LOGO IN THE BELT’S CENTRAL MEDALLION. [ TRANQUIL HIP HOP PLAYS ]
THESE BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS ARE ENTIRELY HANDCRAFTED. THE LATERALS, THE SIDE PIECES
FLANKING THE ORNATE CENTERPLATE, ARE SOMETIMES ENGRAVED
WITH THE FIGHTER’S PORTRAIT. WHEN A BOXING ASSOCIATION
COMMISSIONS A NEW DESIGN, THE COMPANY’S ARTISANS PREPARE
A SKETCH FOR EACH PIECE. FOLLOWING THE SKETCH,
THEY SCULPT A CLAY MODEL. FROM THAT,
THEY CAST A PLASTER MODEL; THEN, A METAL MODEL, REFINING THE SCULPTURE
AT EACH STEP. ARTISANS USE
THE FINAL METAL MODEL TO PRODUCE A RUBBER MOLD, WHICH IS USED TO CAST
THE PIECE IN WHITE METAL. ♪♪ THE EXTRACTED CASTINGS
ARE QUITE ROUGH, SO THE WORKSHOP’S CRAFTSMEN
USE FILES, CHISELS, AND AUTOMATED TOOLS
TO REFINE THE SHAPE. ♪♪ SOME OF THE DEVICES
AND TECHNIQUES ARE ROUTINELY USED BY JEWELERS, WHILE OTHERS WERE DESIGNED
SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS PURPOSE. ♪♪ ONCE THE INTRICATE DETAILS
ARE COMPLETED, THE TEAM FILES DOWN ROUGH SPOTS
ALONG THE PERIMETER. ♪♪ THE BELTS FEATURE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL
SCULPTURE OF AN EAGLE FUSED TO THE CENTERPLATE. ♪♪ AN ARTISAN HEATS THE WINGS
WITH AN OPEN FLAME, TO MAKE THEM PLIABLE. ♪♪ THEN, HE BENDS THEM TO RENDER
THE EAGLE MORE LIFELIKE. ♪♪ EVERY PIECE MUST BE
METICULOUSLY HAND-POLISHED ON A BUFFING WHEEL. THIS PREPARES THE METAL TO BE
PLATED WITH GOLD OR RHODIUM. ♪♪ THE PIECE IS ELECTROPLATED
WITH COPPER, THEN NICKEL, THEN 18-KARAT GOLD. THE NICKEL CARRIES THE SHINE
THROUGH TO THE SURFACE. AFTER A THOROUGH BUFFING
ON THE SURFACE, THE PIECES ARE EMBELLISHED WITH
CRYSTALS INTO MOLDED CAVITIES. ♪♪ SOMETIMES THE
CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER MAY ORDER PRECIOUS STONES,
SUCH AS DIAMONDS AND RUBIES, TO REPLACE THE CRYSTALS,
DEPENDING ON THEIR PREFERENCE. ♪♪ A TEAM OF ENAMELERS
PAINTS THE FINISHED PIECES WITH JEWELRY-GRADE ENAMEL. THIS REQUIRES A STEADY HAND
AND CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL. ♪♪ ONCE THE PIECE IS PAINTED, IT’S PUT INTO AN OVEN
TO BAKE THE ENAMEL. ♪♪ ♪♪ THE BELT STRAP IS MADE
OF HIGH-GRADE BONDED LEATHER. A CRAFTSMAN TRACES A BELT
TEMPLATE IN THE LEATHER, THEN CUTS IT OUT WITH A KNIFE. THEN, THEY ADHERE THE STRAP
TO LEATHER OR HIGH-GRADE VINYL. THE DESIGNER SEWS
THE STRAP’S LINING SEPARATELY, STITCHING BLACK SPANDEX
OVER A FAUX-FUR BACKING AND ATTACHING
THE AUTHENTICITY LABEL, WHICH BEARS
THE BELT’S SERIAL NUMBER. THIS DISTINGUISHES IT
FROM CHEAPLY MADE COPIES. THE CRAFTSMAN ATTACHES
LEATHER HIGH-GRADE VINYL PIPING TO THE STRAP PERIMETER. HE PLACES A BRAND STICKER
ON THE BACK, NEXT TO AN INSCRIBED TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINATOR
OF THE MODERN BOXING BELT. THEY ADHERE THE LINING. ♪♪ THEN, AFTER SMOOTHING OUT
THE LAYERS OF THE BELT WITH A HAMMER, THE DESIGNER STITCHES
THE LINING TO THE STRAP. SOME BELTS HAVE BUCKLES;
OTHERS, HOOK-AND-LOOP FASTENERS, WHICH ARE STITCHED TO THE STRAP
AT THE SAME TIME AS THE LINING. ♪♪ ONCE THE BELT IS FINISHED, THE CENTERPLATE AND LATERALS
ARE ATTACHED. IT’S ESSENTIAL TO WEAR GLOVES
WHILE DOING THIS, TO PROTECT THE PRISTINE SURFACE. ♪♪ THE FINAL STEP IS TO PLACE
AN ENGRAVABLE BRASS PLATE INTO EACH LATERAL. THEN, THE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT
IS DELIVERED IN A HAND-CRAFTED,
PROTECTIVE CASE, FOR A KNOCKOUT PRESENTATION.

100 Comments

  1. Why IBF belt is censored? It's not like we won't recognize that belt. It doesn't even make sense to file a lawsuit.

  2. Belts that back in the day meant a dream come true to every fighter men that struggle from the bottom and climb the ranks in Vicious battles it was a true gladiator sport..today boxing has been decimated by poor handling fixed fights..R.I.P this beautiful sport it once was

  3. All that hard work on the bag, running every morning, punches to face, tears on the treadmill, and cant even get a solid gold belt

  4. The craftsmanship what goes into these fine looking belts is exceptional there the real champions for there great work

  5. So all I gotta do now, is beat Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder to get me one of those.
    I'll be right back……

    So I'm in the hospital now waiting for a new kidney.

  6. All that detailed work and jewelry just to go on a bonded leather belt WTF bonded leather is the worst leather you can get why not top or full grain dam how disappointing

  7. This is still a sport? I though mma raped then murdered then left the body on the middle of the highway this sport

  8. The reason belts aren't made from solid gold is because gold is a soft and maleable element. On a warm day a solid gold belt will easily bend by gripping it firmly. And that's just not ethical for boxers who have extremely stable and strong hands now is it? The belts that are made from gold, use gold mixed with other elements to make them sturdier.

  9. I want to see if there is a video somewhere out there about how Daniel Bryan’s 100% Recycled Hemp WWE Championship title was made.

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