Malta's Billy Corito defeats UK's Ian Toby

In front of a full house and an elated crowd, “The Hitman”, Malta’s boxing heavyweight hero Billy Corito, made a grand finale to an electrifying night of boxing when he thrashed with a TKO his UK challenger Ian Toby in less then half way in the second of a six rounds fight, to score his eighth straight win.

29 January 2012, 12:00am
A few seconds in the second round - Malta’s “hit man” Billy Corito floors Ian Toby to make it seven knout-outs in eight fights. Photo by Lionel Cassola
A few seconds in the second round - Malta’s “hit man” Billy Corito floors Ian Toby to make it seven knout-outs in eight fights. Photo by Lionel Cassola
By Wilfred Sultana

Besides winning eight fights in a row this was the seventh time that Corito knocked out his opponents, six of whom in the second round and one in the first round - Mark McGarry in January 2011.

"Simply fantastic!", exclaimed an overjoyed  Spencer Brown, Chairman of the European Boxing Federation at the end of the EBF first Malta event organised in collaboration with local promoter Paul Borg.  "The night gave the best to all concerned - an enthusiastic large crowd, good quality boxing and a rousing Corito performance", elaborated Mr. Brown.

"This was a big night for Corito and Boxing in Malta in general. The crowd showed its appreciation to excellent boxing, an encouraging outcome for future events", remarked Joe Egan the Irish Heavyweight Boxing Legend and film star, now also EBF International Spokesman.

The Big Night of Boxing held at the Sky Club, Paceville, was organised by local promoter Paul Borg in collaboration with the European Boxing Federation, Great Britain's and Europe's largest Semi-pro and white collar boxing authority.

Further to the main Corito vs Toby fight the event consisted of five other non amateur/non Olympic bouts (with no head guards). The results were as follows:

(1) Dione Galea vs Jordan Black - Galea Winner; (2) Etienne Spiteri vs Slinky Cumberlbach - Cumberlbach Winner; (3) Clayton Vella vs Scott Conners - Draw; (4) Justin Grech vs Phill Worel - Worell Winner; (5) Tyronne Borg vs Dale Ball - Borg won.

Tyronne Borg's bout was won with a knock out by the Maltese boxer who put down his opponent Ball seconds in the second round similarly to Corito's victory. This was Borg's sixth win in a row in his category.

"This was a successful night of boxing both to the participants themselves and also to the satisfied full-size audience that patronised the event", commented James Ward, Secretary/Matchmaker of the EBF.