The Man behind the Championship Belts

Championship belt

Championship belt


Saturday, June 13 marked the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s 20th induction weekend Collector’s Convention in Canastota, NY. The date also marked one of the first public appearances by Ardash Sahaghian and the release of Sartonk Designs. As many tri-state metro area boxing insiders have long known, Mr. Sahaghian is responsible for designing virtually all of the boxing belts currently used by professional boxing’s various sanctioning bodies. His contributions span over one of the original WBC belts, the current WBO, WBA, IBF, WIBF and Ring Magazine belts, along with a multitude of others. Sahaghian is perhaps most proud of his craftsmanship in the creation of Muhammad Ali’s famous retirement crown. Until now, though, the further one got from New Jersey, the more remote access became to the craftsman.

Championship belts

Championship belts

Today, Sahaghian is 87 years old and presides over 30 years of unique contributions to the world of boxing. Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s museum, Edward Brophy, emphatically noted, “Sir, you are a very important part of boxing history.” Accompanying Sahaghian was his grandson, and president of Sartonk Designs, Edward S. Majian. While observing the array of boxing belts and crowns at Saturday’s exhibit, one fan remarked, “This is amazing. It’s such an honor to finally meet you.” Despite Sahaghian’s tremendous accomplishments, he has largely remained an enigma during his decades of creativity. “There’s no question. Opportunists and imitators have taken advantage of his low-key work ethic,” commented Majian. “Once I completed my university studies, I knew it was finally time to introduce my grandfather to the people who have, for so long, admired the symbols of triumph he is responsible for creating.” With his grandfather’s blessings, Majian founded Sartonk Designs five months ago, for the purpose of preserving Sahaghian’s legacy and continuing his work.

Between Sahaghian’s signing autographs and posing for photos with fans and celebrity athletes, Majian shared a family scrapbook, which illustrated the modern history of boxing belts and their production, along with a portfolio of Sahaghian’s work, including photos of him at work in the late 1970s. The exhibit was visited by a number of stars, including Hall of Famer Emile Griffith, current WBC champion, Andre Berto, and the Beijing Olympic’s only American boxing medalist, Deontay Wilder. “The [International Boxing Hall of Fame] Weekend is enriched by the number of remarkable people who attend,” commented Majian. “I have been reading about Angelo Dundee’s role in Ali’s career and meeting Mr. Dundee here was a real connection to that history.” Based on the enthusiasm of the many who came to grasp Sahaghian’s hands and admire his work, it appears that Majian was not alone in his sentiments.

At the exhibit’s close, after a promotional name drawing, boxing fan James M. Davey won a Sartonk Designs collectible Muhammad Ali plaque. “Events like this are important. They give fans a chance to see Ardash’s original belts up close, and it’s high time that the boxing community and fans have an opportunity to meet this man,” said Henry Hascup, President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, who is also an advisor to Sartonk Designs, and a longtime friend of Ardash Sahaghian.

Press inquires and requests for further information about Sahaghian or Sartonk Designs can be directed to contact@sartonk.com or 323.895.4853. Thanks, Henry Hascup.

Championship belts

Championship belts

Mr. Hascup’s Seal of approval: Here’s an Article on an individual that I have done business with for many years. He and his Grandson have asked me to be on their team and I am honored to do so. I don’t like giving out my name like this unless I am sure of what I am talking about. I am asking all of you to read the following article and if your in need of any material, such as Championship Belts, PLEASE give him a look. I will back his work up 100%.


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