Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:13
Written by Boxing News
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:53
Former Commonwealth and Empire boxing champion Scott Dixon seems to be down for the count. The former champ who has been residing in Malta for some years seems determined to make the front pages of our local news papers for all the wrong reasons.
According to local press reports Dixon, was recently arraigned in court for breaching bail conditions arising from drug trafficking charges in October of 2009.
Dixon, along with five other suspects, Jovica Kolakovic, 52, born of Serbia UK resident, Tomas Mikalauskas of Lithuania, also residing in the UK, Sheri Anne Steedman, 38 and Jason Lee Holland, 39 from the UK, and Maltese national Kevin Sammut, 28, was charged by the Malta police with conspiracy to import and traffic cannabis. Dixon pleaded not guilty.
In the recent arraignment Dixon was charged with breaching his bail conditions over forty times. Dixon citing mental and alcoholic problems as part of his defense, managed to retain his freedom, albeit under much tougher conditions, which limits his freedom to the St Julian’s area were he resides.
However it seems that Dixons woes are far from being over. The once popular figure on the local boxing scene is clearly being rejected by the local community.
A recent local celebrity boxing show being promoted by ‘Dixon Promotions’ in aid of a local children’s charity was refused the necessary permits to go ahead. All traces of the Dixon name, photos and other paraphernalia have been removed from his former gym and un-confirmed reports indicate that negotiations by his promotional company to bring to Malta a leading boxing celebrity have also met with failure. To cap it all Malta Boxing News have confirmed reports that Dixon was recently caught working as a fitness instructor in a local St Julian’s hotel, without the necessary work permits.
Official local boxing organizations have made it clear that neither Dixon nor his promotional company, are in any way connected to them.
Malta Boxing Commission, President – Mr. Alexander Zammit, explained that Dixon organizes unsanctioned boxing and does not hold a license to practice boxing at any level from the local boxing commission. Dixon was also banned by the Amateur Malta Boxing Federation, in October of 2009.
The Commission went on to explain that the criteria for becoming a member of the local boxing body are very tough and affiliated promoters holding activities must adhere to the highest international standards and provide insurance for all participants, more over proper licensed boxing athletes have to undergo stringent medical tests at least once a year before they are issued or reissued with a license which allows them to participate in the sport at the local and international level.
Boxing Commission President, Alexander Zammit, said; “The Maltese boxing fans deserver better, over the next few weeks plans will be unveiled which will ensure that the local fans will be able to enjoy high caliber sanctioned events, with top level boxing athletes from all over the world, on a regular bases”.
It seems clear that Scott Dixon is down and the countdown has started to end an era of local unsanctioned boxing tournaments, which have damaged the credibility of this sport in Malta during the last few years.
Original Dixon Favourite News Video Link - 9 Oct 2009 – In Maltese