WBF renews affiliation with the Malta Boxing Commission

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 8:20

WBF Vice President Jean Marcel Nartz today announced that the World Boxing
Federation have renewed their affiliation with the Malta Boxing Commission
(MBC), now presided over by two-division, two-weight world champion Steve
‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins.

The announcement comes just days after the newly reinvigorated MBC
successfully sanctioned and officiated the first professional boxing
championship event to take place on the islands since 1964, when John
‘Pancho’ Terribile became the first Maltese boxer to be crowned champion,
following his outpointing Charles ‘Gypsy’ Scicluna in August of that year.

On making the announcement Nartz said, “We are pleased to welcome the MBC
back into the ever growing WBF family.

The board of the MBC have worked extremely hard to strengthen their
organization, since the removal from office of the former President Mr.
Zammit in October.

Their determination to cement their position, as the officially recognized
professional boxing organization on the islands, has seen them make
various high profile appointments. The most noticeable being the
appointments of not one, but two renowned ex-world champions to head the
board: Steve Collins, as president, and Tim Witherspoon as vice president.

Just last week the new board of the MBC successfully sanctioned their
first event, the report from the independent observer praised them for the
professionalism, and noted the extreme care that was taken, in matters of
health and safety of the boxers competing, as well as the anti doping
tests that were undertaken.

Taking all these matters into account lead to the WBF executive to back
the MBC unconditionally. We look forward to soon sanction a WBF
championship in Malta and thus stop unserious so-called sanctioning groups
to damage the reputation of Maltese boxing and the MBC.”


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