The Secretary General of the ‘Malta Boxing Council’ will be joining the President of the MBC Eva Rolle in Berlin, Germany, for the ‘International Boxing Federation’ Convention.
The International Boxing Federation or IBF is one of four major organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC and WBO, it has amongst its ranking champions, Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine (Heavy-weight) – Sam Soliman of Australia (middle-weight) and Kell Brook of England (Welterweight).
Several boxers with illustrious careers and worldwide recognition have been ranked and have fought for the IBF world title including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, George Foreman, Felix Trinidad, Pernell Whitaker, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar de la Hoya.
This will be the 30th IBF convention and delegates from around the world will be attending. The MBC President has set her targets for a 2014 show which will feature IBF Title in the Maltese Islands. The Maltese boxing council is also targeting the possibility of hosting the IBF convention in Malta the near future.
WELSH lightweight prospect Mitch Buckland is on a mission to win as many titles as he can.
The Cardiff southpaw, 19, has watched his older brother Gary win numerous belts in the past few years, but now he’s started a collection of his own.
Last weekend Mitch defeated Bridgewater’s tough Dean Mills to win the vacant British Masters bronze crown and he believes it will be the first of many.
“Winning a title was like a dream come true. You always imagine winning a belt growing up and when that day comes you can’t believe it,” he said.
“Before that fight I’d only boxed 14 rounds in total so it was great to jump straight up to eight rounds. The next step is ten rounds and then hopefully 12.
“I remember when Gary won his first title, it spurred him on more and he went on to win the Celtic and then the British title.
“Before my brother ever won any titles I used to look at British champions and think ‘god they’re so good, can I ever get to that level?’ Now, though, I’ve seen what it takes through watching Gary.
“I know that as long as you put the hours in at the gym and you keep learning, you can get there.
“Welsh boxing is going well at the minute. Nathan Cleverly is a world champion and, then there’s Gary and Gavin Rees and a few others winning things. It’d be lovely to have my name mentioned alongside those.”
A natural next step for Mitch would be a Welsh title clash with reigning champion Craig Woodruff.
However, Mitch defeated the Newport man in a four-rounder last year and it seems Woodruff isn’t keen on a return.
“We’ve been trying to get a fight with Craig Woodruff, but he doesn’t seem to want it,” Mitch explained.
“Obviously I want to win the Welsh title, but it seems we might have to go for the Celtic title instead. There’s also the possibility of Woodruff himself fighting for the Celtic and me boxing someone else for the vacant Welsh belt.
“Either way I’m going in the right direction and getting closer to where I want to be as boxer.”
Late last night the committee of the Malta Boxing Council decided to allow Clayton Vella another crack at the Welter-weight, Maltese ‘MBC International Title’. This happened after Valentin Stoychev who won the title last December by stopping Vella in the 5th round failed to defend his title, which has now been declared vacant.
Daniel Micallef will be taking on the more experienced Marcen Gierke for the MBC international light-weight title. Micallef has been training heavily for this fight and is reported to be in top physical condition. Micallef has had a mixed professional career with ups and downs, his main contention point is the lack of sparing partners of a decent level in Malta.
Italian Pierre Paolo Cardinali who is no stranger to the Maltese Islands will be taking on former WBU champion David Burke in a non title fight over 6 rounds.
Aruona Calibaly will take on Turkish, Ali Kelik in a 4×3. This will be Keklik’s professional debut.
Part of the proceedings from this boxing night will go towards the boxing outreach program for youths at risk that is being launched by MBC president Eva Rolle, later on this year.
This fight night is being promoted by Edwin Micallef of ‘Micallef Promotions’ in partnership with the Bugibba Hotel.
This double header event will be taking place at the ‘Bugibba Hotel’ on the 7th June, 2013. Tickets for the event are available at the door or by pre-booking on 99461751. Read the rest of this entry »