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FULL STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD
It has come to the attention of the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is considering putting on a promotion within the jurisdiction of the Board between Dereck Chisora and David Haye. The Stewards condemn any attempt by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to do so.
Dereck Chisora has recently had his licence withdrawn by the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control on the ground that he is not a fit and proper person to hold a boxer’s licence. David Haye does not hold a boxer’s licence with the British Boxing Board of Control. If he applied for a licence his fitness to hold a licence would have to be considered, particularly in light of the part he played in what occurred at the press conference held subsequent to the Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora contest.
Those behind this proposal are not concerned with the interests of the sport of professional boxing. Any member who participates in such a promotion would bring the sport of boxing into disrepute and would wholly undermine the authority of the British Boxing Board of Control, of which he/she is a member, as the regulatory body for professional boxing in the United Kingdom. This is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the decision of the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control, in respect of Dereck Chisora, for monetary gain. Dereck Chisora’s proper remedy is by way of appeal to the Independent Stewards of Appeal, which is due to take place on the 2nd July 2012.
The British Boxing Board of Control has controlled and regulated professional boxing in the United Kingdom since 1929. Its primary concern is the safety of the boxer and its regulations have been developed and implemented accordingly. It has also ensured that the rules of boxing are enforced to the highest standard. Its reputation as a regulatory body is second to none within the wider boxing world. It can only act effectively with the consent and support of its members.
The Articles of Association (the “Constitution”) of the British Boxing Board of Control, to which every member has agreed to be bound, make it perfectly clear that the object of the British Boxing Board of Control is to control and regulate boxing in the United Kingdom. Any member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in any way in a promotion such as that referred to above would thereby evince an intention not to be bound by the Constitution of the British Boxing Board of Control and would act in a manner wholly incompatible therewith. In such circumstances the British Boxing Board of Control would accept that member’s repudiation of the Constitution as terminating his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control and his/her licence.
The British Boxing Board of Control has made its position clear to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, the European Boxing Union and World Sanctioning Organisations and has already received strong support for its stance. As stated above, the British Boxing Board of Control does not approve of such a promotion taking place within its jurisdiction and will not supply any of its officials to officiate at such a promotion. For the avoidance of doubt, any member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in any way in such a promotion will be deemed to have terminated his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control and his/her licence therewith, for the reasons stated above.
Further, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control make it clear that the British Boxing Board of Control will assume no responsibility in respect of any aspect of such promotion and any participation therein would not be covered by any insurance policy taken out by the Board.
Participation includes taking any steps directly or indirectly, to arrange, advertise, broadcast, facilitate, officiate or take part in any way in such a promotion.
This incident is a big blow to the BBBofc as under European Union freedom of trade laws means both men can fight in the UK with the permission of the Luxembourg organisation. The BBBC has made it clear that it intends to consult with the Government to see if any further action can be taken against those staging the fight. However the effectiveness of any action to be taken either by the BBBC or by the British Government is bound to be very limited as the organisers of this show are all acting within a legal framework.
However it is painfully obvious that if this show goes ahead under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation in the UK itself, this would set a precedent which would pave the way for other professional boxing federation’s to use the European Union freedom of trade laws to encroach over the jurisdiction of other federations within the European Union.
‘Boxway’ Boxing & Fitness Centre – Valley Road, B’Kara, Malta
Edwin Micallef of Micallef Promotions, owner of the Boxway gym and Malta’s first internationally recognized boxing promoter, recently called us and we spent some time discussing his reasons for taking over the fitness centre and his plans for going forward.
Edwin explained that he has been involved in the local boxing scene for a number of years. With his involvement going back to 2008 when his two younger siblings showed an interest in taking up the sport and it was not long before he found himself involved in a number of amateur boxing committees and traveling with the local amateur boxing team for competitions and training camps abroad. Already an experienced events promoter, the organization and promotion of professional boxing shows was a natural step for Edwin.
“Earlier in May this year my brother Daniel who resides in the UK and Malta successfully registered as a professional boxer with the BBBofC and I decided to start scouting around for training facilities as I wanted to have greater control on the quality of training being offered to our young prospects” – “Then the former Dixon’s club came unexpectedly on the market and I decided to get a head start on my goals by acquiring the lease and the equipment,” said Edwin.
Asked about the future of professional boxing in the Maltese Islands, Edwin replied; “When the Malta Boxing Commission became affiliated with the European Boxing Union in June of this year, I saw this as a great opportunity for serious local boxers and clubs to enter the international boxing scene,
the Malta Commission is an important platform for building a future for local boxing prospects in the Maltese Islands. Boxway is proud to call it self home to Malta’s first officially registered professional boxers, with internationally recognised sanctioning bodies .”
Commenting about the future of ‘Boxway’ as a boxing club and fitness centre, Edwin said; “The future looks great, membership has more than doubled since we reopened and thanks to contacts provided by our boxing commission we have now started a training and co-operation program with a number of UK professional boxing clubs. This year in August (2011) we had TRAD TKO Trainer Barry Smith, than we had Paul Graham of the Scottish based ‘BOXING PROSPECTS’, and we had one of our local pros Clayton Vella, going over to train at the TKO in London.
Edwin explained that the gym is open six days a week (closing Sunday) and will be offering training to local male and female professional boxers, special classes for amateur boxers at fixed hours and box-fit sessions. Children will get the opportunity to learn boxing basics, by experienced and qualified coaches.
For more information on membership and classes call Edwin Micallef on 99461751
Boxway Logo – Irish Coach, Joe Gallagher – Training at the Boxway Gym, Malta
The Malta Independent on Sunday 23 October / and Malta Independent Online, have just published the reply of the Malta Boxing Commission to an interview with former professional boxer Scott Dixon that had been published on the Independent, the previous Sunday.
The local boxing commission in it’s reply made it absolutely clear that Dixon has no connection whatsoever with sanctioned boxing in the Maltese Islands and claims that he holds a valid trainers license are unfounded and fabricated.
As published on The Malta Independent on Sunday in reply to: Former boxing world champion Scott Dixon still training Billy Corito and Steve Martin (see link) http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=133811
Malta Boxing Commission replies to comments by Scott Dixon
President, Malta Boxing Commission – 23rd October 2011
The boxing article which appeared recently in The Malta Independent on Sunday (16 October – Scott Dixon interviewed) is interlaced with fabrications and misleading information.
First of all the ‘Scottish Boxing Federation’ does not exist – all legitimate professional boxers in the United Kingdom are licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) and presently there are two Maltese boxers licensed in the UK – Steve Martin who is mentioned in the article, and Daniel Micallef.
Dixon talks about sides not agreeing on several issues. The Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) makes it absolutely clear that there are no points on which to agree or disagree about. Dixon organises unsanctioned boxing and represents no recognised boxing organisation.
On the other hand the MBC is affiliated (as the BBBof C) with the European Boxing Union (EBU) which is the European arm of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and licences issued by the MBC are recognised worldwide.
Sanctioning bodies are there to give legitimacy to the sport on both local and international level and to ensure that safety regulations and the well being of the boxer are observed at all times.
The present position of the MBC regarding Dixon is that since at the moment he is facing some very serious drug related charges (National boxing coach charged over record cannabis haul / The Malta Independent on 10 October 2009) and until his present situation is resolved, the MBC cannot even consider issuing him with either a trainer’s or official’s licence.
As a matter of fact Dixon is at the present time not in possession of a valid trainer’s licence from any recognised boxing organisation, locally or abroad.
Another important point that has to be mentioned and pointed out to Dixon and the Maltese sporting public is that the MBC does not police boxing in the Maltese Islands. The MBC is there to promote and give a service to those who wish to practice boxing within a legal boxing organisation and expand their horizons beyond the limits of our shores.
Link to the previous articles on the Independent, related to Scott Dixon
- Former boxing world champion Scott Dixon still training Billy Corito and Steve Martin http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=133811
- Court: Former boxing champion Scott Dixon’s bail conditions altered http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=99169
- National boxing coach charged over record cannabis haul http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=95396
- Boxing: National Coach Scott Dixon suspended http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=95113
Article published (Malta Independent) on 05 October 2009
The Malta Boxing Federation Executive Committee has indefinitely suspended national coach Scott Dixon (photo) for behavior incompatible with youth leadership and the Olympic ideals on which the MBF is founded. The suspension is with immediate effect.
The MBF said that being famous, or being a good boxing coach carries no weight within the federation and that public personalities and boxing experts are not exempt from the rules, regulations and ideals on which the Malta Boxing Federation is founded.
Photo: Scott Dixon
Malta Boxing Commission
Gzira, Malta – Monday, 1st August 2011
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 will 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 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.”
Malta Boxing Commission President Alexander Zammit (centre) with Vice President Gianluca Di Caro (left) and European Boxing Union President Bob Logist (right)
European Boxing Union
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
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Gzira, Malta – Monday, 27th June 2011
Earlier this month, at the EBU General Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, the EBU Assembly voted that the Malta Boxing Commission become affiliated to the European Boxing Union. This exciting announcement has paved the way for the development of professional boxing in the Maltese Republic, as well as opening the door for promoters to hold sanctioned professional boxing events in Malta for the first time.
Founders of the Malta Boxing Commission 84 Olympian, Alexander Zammit
and international sports publicist Gianluca Di Caro today jointly stated
their intention to put Malta firmly on the map, boxing wise.
“We are honoured to be affiliated with the prestigious European Boxing
We can’t thank EBU President Bob Logist and General Secretary Enza Jacoponi
enough for their support and assistance to bring professional boxing to
We would also like to thank the members of the EBU for their unanimous
support to our application.
It is our firm belief that Malta can and will become a leading player in
professional boxing in the near future.
Malta has always had an intrinsic pugilistic culture, as such there has
always been a very strong amateur and unlicensed boxing scene here.
It’s a natural progression that the best boxers in either discipline move
up to the paid ranks; Until now, for Maltese boxers to do this they have
had to apply to an overseas sanctioning body; that has changed and any
Maltese boxer wishing to turn pro can now apply to their home sanctioning
organisation – The Malta Boxing Commission.”
Moving swiftly on, the founders of the Malta Boxing Commission then went
on to paint a wider picture of their vision for professional boxing in
“Over the coming months we will be recruiting officials locally, and in
order that the standards of these officials meet the exacting requirements
for professional boxing events we intend to work closely with fellow EBU
member organisations on the training of referees, judges and other event
With no established professional boxing promoters in Malta it is our
intention to work closely with the ‘Malta Tourism Authority’ (MTA), as well as local
and international businesses, in order to provide local and overseas
promoters an incentive package that will encourage them to hold major
international boxing events here in the near future.
We believe that by attracting such events it will not only benefit local
boxers but also the Maltese people and the economy as a whole.”
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L-R: Gianluca Di Caro, Alexander Zammit and EBU Chairman Bob Logist