Boxing Weekly: Malta Boxing Association 2015 Team Chosen

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 13:37

Boxing Weekly (Week 30): By Marc James

Teams across Malta last night Friday 1st August got to know that they have been selected to form part of the Malta 2015 National Boxing Team.

The twelve Fighters are selected from  affiliated clubs (or individuals assigned a club), based on National Ranking where points awarded on a system similar to the one used in Football. The Rankings Chairman of the Malta Boxing Association together with coaches, rank individual fighters by awarding 3 points for a Contest  Win, 2 points for competing while a point each is given in case of a draw.

Mario Borg, Mandy Cortis, Chirstian Schembri, Garth Galea, Etienne Spiteri & Richard Vella  of Fight Factory (Vella: Subject to International Professional Recognition Application), together with Brandon Borg & Keith Azzopardi of The Art of Fighting, Lydon Chircop & Duncan Calleja of Lords Gym and Almalek Alzanad & Mike Carter of Browns Boxing Gym.

The Boxing Association announced that they were chosen as Malta’s Top Ten per cent of its members and will travel to represent Malta  in a UK International Event hosted by Bethlehem Boxing Club, Leeds, headed by Lee Murtagh while the show will be sanctioned by the European Boxing Federation, by kind permission of General Secretary James Ward.

The Association’s 2015 Team Malta will be formed up by the following: Team Manager - Claire Shephard Asnt Managers - Demis Tonna & Paul Borg Mission Chaperone / Media Operations - Marc James Media Consultant – Sandro Micallef Coaches – Steve Martin, Michael Brown & Simon Checuti

Over the course of the year, I will introduce each fighter to Sport In Malta readers, with detailed interviews with the fighters selected to represent Malta.




Also this week:

Fighters from Fight Factory are getting ready for the next phase of their training camp for the World Championship Boxing Event Promoted by Vaughan Boxing Promotions in association with Prize Boxing Promotions Tagged “Casino Royale – 22 August 2014″ which takes place at the Hilton Hotel, Grand Masters Suite in Saint Julians.

British Boxing Board of Control Coach Mr. Barry Smith arrives on the rock on Friday. He was joined by His Fiancée Kelly Scicluna and their two daughters. Arriving three quarters of an hour late, this was a perfect change to get up close and personal with Super Steve Martin and Richard the Viper Vella who were both waiting for Barry.

We chatted over coffee while waiting, their moral was at such a high level that at one stage, I had to wipe tears from my face! Both fighters are looking fresh, confident and looking forward to the next level in their Casino Royale Training Camp. This in training camps is considered to be the hardest training camp to date. Hills Reps, Bike Rides, Steps, Pads, Abs, Foreams, Shoulders, Early morning runs to mention a few, Barry will be here every step of the way leading up to Fight Night.

Just under three weeks away from the history making show. History Making??? For the first time in our national boxing history has Maltese Fighter box for a World Title, and should he win, Steve Martin will walk into the National Boxing Hall of Fame as a fighter to hold 3 major titles at once. The Maltese “Little Iron Man” will take on Graham Earl of the United Kingdon. Nico Sciberras, Mario Borg, Mandy Cortis, Eitenne Spiteri,  Christian Schembri, Richard Vella, Franco Fenech, Tyrone Borg , Marlon Hunt have been confirmed as the under card of this World Championship Fight featuring ‘Super’ Steve Martin.

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