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Blencowe Upsets Smith For WBF World Title
Written by WBF THURSDAY, 13 JUNE
Australia’s Arlene Blencowe, a former world class Muay Thai fighter, made some kind of boxing history on Thursday June 13 at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
In only her third professional boxing match, she upset local favorite, and former World Champion, Daniella Smith by unanimous decision to win the vacant World Boxing Federation World Welterweight title recently vacated by Holly Holm.
To make the feat even more astonishing, Blencowe came in at short notice to replace Smith´s original opponent Sarah Howett who pulled out with injury a few days ago.
Blencowe, from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, outworked Smith from the start, and once she found her rhythm she never looked back, scoring to the body and head, especially with her right hand.
To her credit, Daniella Smith never gave up and tried to the end to turn the tide. She continued to come forward throughout, only to be countered by the aggressive Blencowe.
After ten action-packed rounds all three judges, Carrick Belton, Gary Searle and Kylie Bell, scored the fight 100-91 in favor of the visitor.
WBF president Howard Goldberg watched the fight from Ringside, and presented the world championship belt to an ecstatic Blencowe who is surely going to be a major force at Welterweight in the future.
The new world champion improved her record to 2-1 (0), while Daniella Smith dropped to 12-4 (0).
The fight was promoted by David Higgins of Duco Events, and was televised live by New Zealand Sky.
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 »
Eva Rolle To Launch ‘Boxing Outreach Program’ In Malta
By Alexander Zammit
Boxing is a sport that for hundreds of years has fired the imagination of youths and the not so young. In many countries around the world many organizations have boxing programs which are intended to reach youths in under-privileged areas.
Boxing Programs have been proven not only to provide exercise & health but a feeling of camaraderie amongst those participating. Law enforcement agencies in many countries use boxing to bridge the gap between law enforcement, youths and the community.
Boxing outreach programs provide positive interaction between youths and the community, especially reaching out to those to those youths considered at risk for making poor choices in their lives.
‘Malta Boxing Council’ president Eva Rolle is expected to give details of Malta’s first outreach boxing program, during a press conference which is expected to be held at the Bugibba Hotel on the 30th of May.
The Press Conference will highlight the Professional Boxing Night, which is being promoted by Micallef promotions for the 7th of June and Eva Rolle’s plans for launching the Malta Out-Reach Boxing Program for youths.
Eva Rolle has already launched with success similar programs in Germany and Turkey.
“Boxing is not only about winning titles but it is a way to reach the community and youths by offering an alternative and healthier lifestyle and instilling self discipline leading to better integration into the community. The program will also offer support and advice to youths in avoiding negative decisions which lead to devastating life-long consequences” said Eva Rolle.
Eva Rolle along with local boxing promoter Edwin Micallef will be addressing the press conference which will be held at the TBH in Qawra on the 30th May, 2013. Also Present for this press conference which is open to the press and the general public will be a number of local boxers who will be participating in the professional boxing night, which is to be held at the Bugibba Holiday Complex on the 7th of June