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Relations between the German GBA and the Maltese MBC, reached new levels as both boxing bodies through the efforts of Malta Boxing Council President Eva Rolle, co hosted the IBF Conention in Berlin between the 20 and 25 of May.
The IBF convention which is now nearing its end has been a huge success with a record number of delegates from all over the globe descending in Berlin to map out the future plans of the IBF and read the reports of the previous year activities.
This year the ‘IBF convention’ was very special for Malta and the ‘Malta Boxing Council’ as in a historical first the IBF Convention was co hosted by the German Boxing Association (GBA) and the Malta Boxing Council (MBC). Yesterday the 23rd of May was one highlight of the convention with a grand boxing dinner held at the ‘Best Western – MOA Hotel’ in Berlin. Not only was it a night of spectacular boxing but it was also a night were top sport officials and the media became acquainted with the Maltese Islands. IBF officials and several present and past world champions were presented with medals and trophies with an inscription commemorating the co hosting of this historical convention by the German & Maltese boxing bodies.
The force behind this highly successful IBF convention is without a doubt ‘Malta Boxing Council’ President Eva Rolle. Praise was heaped on Eva by all those attending this convention. Tonight will be the final event of the convention, a banquet farewell dinner during which MBC Secretary Alexander Zammit will be joining the MBC President in appealing to the delegates from the various countries to award the 2015 convention to the Maltese Islands.
More information about the IBF convention 2015 & The MBC outreach program for youths at risk will be given by Eva Rolle at a press / media conference in the run-up to the 7 June boxing night which is to be held at the Buggiba Hotel on the 30 May 2013.
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.”