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Mandy Cortis vs Diane Schembri, Malta 4 June 2016

Gladiator Night XIII

On June 4th we will have the next edition of Gladiator Night. It will held at Victor Tedesco Stadium in Hamrun. For the first time the main match will be between female athletes.

Mandy Cortis, Fight Factory, and Diane Schembri, TeamNoel, will face each other in the main match of the evening. Both athletes will compete with Boxing rules and contend for the World Boxing Union’s (WBU) Mediterranean Title Belt. The match is a 6×2 one in the 54kg category.

All the matches are sanctioned by the Malta Kickboxing Association (MKBA) and the Malta Boxing Association (MBA). Altogether there will be 12 matches in the disciplines of K1 and Boxing on semi-professional level. Fivematches will be between Maltese athletes for the National Title in their respective categories.

Gladiators Promotions and BoxMania, who are organizing the event, will also bring foreign athletes to compete. These are from Estonia, UK and France. The Maltese athletes that will contend with foreigners are: Lydon Chircop, Christian Schembri, Brandon Spiteri, Christopher Rotin, Brandon Borg and Kerstin Brown.

For more information visit the Gladiators Promotion page or contact Master Noel Mercieca on 79208283

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In Light Of The Fabrice Muamba Incident, All Sports, Including Boxing, Should Be More Prepared


Photos and Report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Just over two weeks ago Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and collapsed during his team’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspurs, at White Hart Lane. No surprise this tragic incident grabbed the headlines around the world and has continued to do so on a daily basis.

The match was rightly abandoned, as both teams’ doctors spent around ten minutes

treating the 23 year old on the pitch in front of around 35,000 stunned fans and

millions of viewers around the World.

Those watching the drama unfold were left in no doubt that Fabrice was fighting for

his life, as one of the doctors was quick to connect up a defibrillator. It is this

single action that could well be the reason why Fabrice survived long enough to

receive life saving treatment in hospital.

European Society of Cardiology spokesperson, Professor Mats Borjesson of Sahlgrenska University in Gothenburg recently stated,. “It is well known that rapid access to the right treatment facilities can improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) survival rates from 5% to well over 60%.’”

SCA is a condition in which normal blood circulation abruptly stops and usually

leads to death in 95% of cases unless the patient is treated within five minutes or

so by trained medical staff using a defibrillator.

These days defibrillators are being installed in many major sporting stadiums around

the world, mainly due to the efforts of the ESC, however this wasn’t the case when

Cameroon’s Marc Vivien-Foe, 28, a premier league player firstly with West Ham and

then Manchester City, collapsed and died during a Confederations Cup match against

Colombia in Lyon, France in 2003.

Football is not the only sport that has had a tragedy of this type, according to the

Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA, in excess of a hundred thousand young

athletes, from a wide variety of sporting disciplines, die each year from cardiovascular disorders as a result of participation in sports.

Boxing is no exception, in 2003 American boxer Brad Rone, who fought such luminaries

as Cedric Boswell, Vaughn Bean, Kirk Johnson, Michael Grant, Hasim Rahman, Obed

Sullivan, Fres Oquendo, Kelvin Davis amongst others, collapsed and died in the ring

in Cedar City, Utah, during his bout with Billy Zumbrun.

Brad was hit by a Billy Zumbrun jab just before the bell rang to end the first round. He turned around to walk to his corner when he collapsed and died. A ringside doctor tried to revive him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but his efforts were in vain. An autopsy later revealed Rone had died of a heart attack.

It’s not just at events that these tragedies happen, they also happen in the gym,

one such incident, a stroke rather than cardiac arrest, occurred in December 2009,

when former heavyweight boxer Harry Senior was working as the sparring partner for

Albert Sosnowski. On the third day of sparring Harry had a stroke, the coaches

rushed to his aid but were unable to assist, due to the severity of the stroke, and

called the emergency services.

I’m pleased to say that Harry is as tough as they come and like Fabrice survived and

is slowly but surely making a steady recovery.

Reacting to Harry’s plight BBBofC Southern Area Chairman Mick Collier not only instigated the ‘Harry Fund’ and appealed to the boxing community for their support, but also lobbied boxing gym’s within the region to ensure adequate first aid equipment being to hand.

Speaking earlier Mick said, “Fabrice’s plight has really bought home the fact that heart attacks and strokes can affect fit people, including professional sportsmen.

It also highlights the importance of having the right equipment available for any circumstance.

The BBBofC have strict rules in place for fights, the medical teams are fully equipped for any situation. If Fabrice had been a boxer and this happened in the ring, I am certain that the level and speed of assistance he received would have been exactly the same.

We’ve been relatively lucky, these incidents are rare in boxing but not unique. A few years ago Harry Senior had a major stroke when he was sparring.

I don’t doubt that in Harry’s case that a defibrillator would have made that much difference but it would if someone had a cardiac arrest when they are in the gym. For that reason alone I would urge all boxing gym’s to have one on-site as well as have all their staff trained to use them.”

The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, in Canning Town, London, is one of the few boxing gym’s in the country that preempted the possible mandatory requirement for defibrillators to be installed.ith some forty plus pros, including stars such as WBO Intercontinental LightweightChampion Kevin Mitchell, British Light Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes, former

British Cruiserweight Champion Leon Williams as well as Southern Area Champions Ben Murphy and Billy Joe Saunders, being based at the old school East End fight factory, the TRAD TKO is still not exactly the type of place that you would think would be pioneering such technology.

altTRAD TKO boss Johnny Eames though explained why they were the first to install the

life saving equipment late last year.

“They save lives, simple as that.

I don’t know if I could live with myself if one of members or fighters had a heart

attack here at the gym and we weren’t able to help them.

The key staff have been trained by the Red Cross on using the defibrillator, as well

as CPR. But to be on the safe side the defibrillator we have is idiot proof, it

talks you through through what steps to take, so can be used by an untrained person

if needed.

We all like to think it will never happen to us, but what happened at Tottenham the

other week shows that it could happen to anyone, even a professional sportsman and for that reason alone it makes sense to have equipment like this on-site.”

The defibrillator that was installed at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym is supplied, fitted

and maintained by BST (Butler Safe Technologies) and it is their state of art DOC

system, which is the world’s first fully connected and operational defibrillator.

Having personally been trained on using the DOC system myself I can verify that as

Johnny says it’s ‘idiot proof’, as throughout the operation there is calming voice

talking you through every stage, not a recording but an actual person you can have a

two way conversation with.

Basically in the event of an emergency, once the DOC unit is removed from it’s case

a GPRS signal is sent directly to Mondial Assistance which allows the co ordinates

to be sent directly to the emergency services, at the same time the emergency

coordinator at Mondial Assistance makes contact through the two way speaker system

on the DOC device to assist the user.

Another major safety feature is that once the defibrillator is attached to the

patient a full ECG (electro cardio gram) is carried out, which determines whether

that person is in fact suffering from an arrest. This takes away any judgment needed

by the user.

BST’s Sebastian Mann is clearly proud of his companies product, saying, “Johnny has

it so right, it saves lives, which is the most important factor.

Over a hundred and twenty six thousand people suffer a heart attack every year in

the UK, this is the equivalent to one every five minutes.

The biggest problem is that only 5% of cardiac or heart attacks victims actually

survive outside of a hospital, unless they get adequate medical assistance quickly,

really quickly.


Once the attack has occurred you only have between three and five minutes to take

action, every minute after that represents a 10% less chance of survival.

With Emergency Services response time target in London, for a Cardiac Arrest  and

other Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls, being within eight minutes

you can see that  having a defibrillator onsite will significantly increase the

chances of saving someone’s life if they have a cardiac or heart attack in the gym.”

Those statistics make for scary reading, at the same time making it clear that

essential life saving equipment such as defibrillators should be installed within

all sporting facilities, not just for the sake of the sportsmen and women but also

the general public that train in gyms or attend sporting events.

Far sighted facilities, such as the TRAD TKO gym, have already realised the

importance of having them on the premises, hopefully more will respond in the same

manner to ensure that essential life saving equipment in on hand for the sake of

their athletes and clientele.

Any gym or organisation interested in the installation of the BST, DOC defibrillator

should contact Sebastian Mann on 07984 548068


Johnny Eames proudly shows the installed defibrillator

TRAD TKO Boxer/Trainer Marianne Marston Demonstrates Defibrillator


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Vella Returns From London Training Camp

Malta Boxing Commission

Gzira, Malta – Monday, 3rd October 2011

Vella’s London Training Camp Over, Returns To Malta Ready To Fight


In June this year the Malta Boxing Commission became the official professional boxing sanctioning organisation for the Republic of Malta. Shortly after becoming affiliated with the European Boxing Union the MBC President, Alexander Zammit, expressed his desire to help aspiring Maltese pro boxers, by organising  exchange programmes with overseas coaches and gyms

In August British coach Barry Smith – who trains boxers such as Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, IBO International Lightweight title contender Michael Grant, World ranked Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker and fellow MBC licensed pro boxer Marianne Marston, amongst others – spent ten days in Malta coaching various of the local boxers at Edwin Micallef’s gym in Msida.

Last week Clayton Vella, one of the first boxers to be licensed by the Malta Boxing Commission, traveled to the UK for a training camp with Barry and Johnny Eames at the World famous fight factory, The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London.


TRAD TKO has historically been the home to some of the UK’s biggest names, such as Champions Kevin Lear, Graham Earl, Tony Oakey, Matthew Marsh, Ian Napa, Ross Minter etc. and today is filled with stars such as WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion Kevin Mitchell, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin, former IBO Lightweight World Champion Colin Lynes as well as many future domestic and World Champions including the aforementioned Leon Williams, Michael Grant and Mitchell Balker as well as former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders.

No surprise then that Clayton, who prior to turning professional was unbeaten on the unsanctioned fight circuit, initially found both training at the TKO as well as London itself, with it’s eleven million inhabitants, a daunting experience, as was clear when he spoke about the trip following his final training session. “At first I found it very different, now I’m used to it and don’t want to leave.

I’ve made lots of friends here, everyone has been very nice to me.

Barry is one of the best coaches around, I wish I could take him back to train me in Malta all the time, and the TKO gym is the best gym I’ve ever seen, our gym is about half the size.

They really take care of you too. Johnny and Jimmy (Tibbs) were really friendly, they helped me a lot and gave me advice.


So are the boxers I trained with, real stars,Frankie, Billy Joe, Leon, everyone did, everyone was so nice and helped me.

It was a good experience and I watched and learned from them, which is what I came to do.

Sparring was good, they are all good boxers and I learned a lot from them. I first sparred Duncan Cottier, he’s very experienced, 60 fights I think. I sparred Brett O’Callaghan, he’s only 19, he’s very good and unbeaten.

On my last day I spar with Italian boxer Federico Tavares, he’s very good, he spars former World Champions like Colin Lynes all the time. He’s very tough and hard to hit. I also spar with Duncan again. It was hard, technical sparring and it really helped me a lot.

It was a very good experience and I learned a lot, now I’m ready and want to fight.”



Frankie Gavin, Clayton Vella and Billy Joe Saunders.

Barry Smith and Clayton Vella relax after a training session

Clayton Vella and Federico Tavares sparring at the TRAD TKO in London

After torrid sparring Federico Tavares, Clayton Vella and Duncan Cottier pose for the camera.


Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

JustListen2This Publicity & Promotion

London, UK, Gzira, Malta & Philadelphia, USA

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