In front of a full house and enthusiastic crowd the Malta Boxing Federation held the first official edition of the Olympic Style, Malta Boxing Championships which where held at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar on the 25 th of April.
In the ‘School Boy’ division seeing both boys aged twelve, Kirstan Brown of Bertu’s Gym beat Eman Pace of the St Julian’s Gym to become the first School Boy Champion of Malta. Both athletes show great potential in this Olympic discipline.
In the men’s elite finals, 17 years to 34 years of age
Without a doubt the most awaited contest of the championships was the 64 kg category between Haithem Laamouz of the St Julian’s ABC against Sam Cortis from the I&J ABC. These boxers certainly did not disappoint the crowd and although by the third round the technical superiority of Laamouz became evident, he had to box hard against the stronger Cortis. Laamouz won with a Judges unanimous decision.
In the 69 Kg Peter Kahout of the St Julian’s boxing club beat Etienne Spiteri from Dione’s Boxing Club by a majorty decision. Kahout dominated through out the contest and never seemed to ease up on his opponent Spiteri.
In the under 75 Kg Philip Galea (RED) of the St Julian’s boxing club beat Mark Anastasi from the I&J ABC who are located in Mosta.
This was a closely fought encounter which had the crowd on it’s feet, both boxers gave a good account of them selves and provided the jubilant crowd with a fine display of boxing skills.
In the under 81 Kg Yousef Shah from Bertu’s Gym stopped Joseph Camilleri from the I&J in the second round to become the new Malta champion in this weight division.
The Committee and Officials would like to congratulate every Athlete and Team Staff for a great display of Olympic Boxing and sportmanship throught out these championships.