World Championship Boxing Comes to Malta

Saturday, July 7, 2012, 9:50


The long wait for Maltese boxing fans will soon be over because for the first time ever a professional boxing event is to be held in Malta. ‘Rumble on the Rock’ is to be held on August 17th in Ta’Qali and will feature professional bouts for the vacant WBF World Super Middleweight and WBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight titles. This special event, organised by A&H Promotions, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Maltese boxing fans to see previous world champions compete alongside the best home grown talent for globally recognised championship belts.

“We are delighted to be able to bring professional boxing to Malta,” said event organiser A&H Promotions’ Francis Harding, “Maltese fans are renowned for travelling across the globe to watch professional bouts. Now they’ll be able to see world class boxing up close for the first time in Malta’s history. In coordination with the WBF, we’ve put together a stacked card of title fights that’s guaranteed to deliver an exciting night for fight fans.”

Commenting on the venue, A&H Promotions’ Justin Attard said, “Rumble in the Rock will be held in a 3000 seater open air arena in Ta’Qali. Seating with gold ringside, silver floor seating and tiered bronze seat allocations so that fans on different budgets can get close to the action.”

The main event will be a fight for the WBF World Super Middleweight title between the UK’s Robin ‘The Grim Reaper’ Reid, a former WBC Super Middleweight Champion, and South Africa’s current Super Middleweight Champion, William Gare. Reid comes into the fight with an impressive record of 39 wins from 46 fights, 27 of which were won by knockout. This bout is expected to be an explosive encounter as Reid seeks to regain a world title while Gare will be out to show why he is regarded as one of the heaviest hitters on the African continent and deserving of the prestigious WBF World Super Middleweight belt.

The co-main event at Rumble on the Rock will be a bout for the vacant WBF Light Heavyweight Championship featuring the UK’s Tony Dodson. A former holder of both the English and British Super Middleweight titles, last year Dodson reached the semi-finals of the Prizefighter Series at Olympia, London, before being forced to withdraw on medical grounds. Dodson will be looking to prove that he had the punching power to win the entire series had he been allowed to continue, and extend his record of 26 wins from 33 fights against an opponent that is still to be confirmed.

Alongside the international boxers will be two home grown boxers making their Maltese debuts in front of their home crowd.

Light middleweight fighter Clayton ‘The Punisher’ Vella will be making his debut as Malta’s first locally registered boxer after building a well respected reputation as an aggressive and hard hitting fighter on Malta’s unlicensed boxing circuit.

Joining Vella will be Daniel ‘Spider’ Micallef who now trains in Scotland but returns to make his first professional appearance in Malta fighting at welterweight. Micallef brings with him a record of 4 wins from 9 bouts and his slip and weave style is expected to pose an interesting contest.

Expectations are already high for this historic boxing event in Malta, with Rumble on the Rock expected to be a sell out as Malta’s well travelled fight fans finally get the opportunity to witness world championship bouts on home soil. Tickets will be available from and approved local outlets.


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