The approval last month, at the EBU’s Dublin Conference, of the formation of the Maltese Boxing Commission, paved the way for today’s announcement that the Island will see its first ever Professional tournament in October – and with it an opportunity perhaps for Irish boxers and promoters to become involved in this and/or future promotions.
Earlier today the President of the Malta Boxing Commission, former Olympian Alexander Zammit, made the historic announcement that the MBC are to sanction the inaugural professional boxing event in the Republic of Malta.
The Micallef Promotions event, which will take place in October, will be co-headlined by WIBA World title and WBF Inter-Continental title bouts. Supporting the main events will be an eight bout undercard that will include at least four contests featuring Maltese boxers.
On making the announcement Mr. Zammit said, “This is a truly historic moment for Boxing and for the Republic of Malta.
This will be the first time that a professional boxing event has been sanctioned in the Maltese Islands.
It is just a few months that the Malta Boxing Commission have existed, as a legally recognised professional boxing sanctioning organisation, and we are proud that this historic event will be taking place within our first year.
We had made it clear that we wanted the first professional boxing event, to be held here, would be a special event and with both the World Boxing Federation and Women’s International Boxing Association coming on board with title fights, it most definitely will be.
We are very hopeful that, should a budget be available, a European title will also feature on the show. To this end the Malta Boxing Commission Vice-President Mr. Gianluca Di Caro will shortly be making approaches to potential sponsors.
This may seem to be an unusual move for a sanctioning organisation to be involved in raising finances for an event, but from day one we had stated that we would do whatever we can to assist promoters that choose to hold events here in Malta.
We are particularly pleased that the event will involve four Maltese boxers, two who are licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control and two Malta Boxing Commission licensed boxers, who will both be making their professional debuts at the event.
Full details of the event, including venue, participants and of course the date of the event, will be made within the next fourteen days.”
Former Olympian, Alexander Zammit has for some years now been the mastermind behind what is without doubt one of Europe’s best and most widely respected boxing websites www.maltaboxing.net – and its associated blogs. These have covered all boxing news, professional and amateur, and have been very supportive of women’s boxing since its inception. Indeed Malta Boxing News’ is dedicated to deliver the latest news from the world of all combat sports with regular updates for Pro Boxing, WSB Boxing, Olympic Boxing, Kickboxing, Thai Boxing, MMA and other Combat Sports.
So an opportunity here perhaps for Irish boxers and their Management agents to showcase their talents in the Republic of Malta , which has long been a favourite holiday island for Irish as well as British holidaymakers.