Local boxers ready to take on foreign talent

The rather quite new established working relationship between the local promoter Paul Borg and the European Boxing Federation, recognised as the largest Semi-professional and white collar boxing authority in Great Britain and Europe, is proving beneficial to the numerous local followers of the sport and to home boxers in particulars.

12 April 2012, 12:00am
Dione Galea
Dione Galea
Wilfred Sultana

Having seen the locals last January in their first ever event in Malta the EBF, with over 1100 registered boxers in their books, plan to bring over challengers of higher calibre for the April show.  Furthermore, the coming Night of Boxing will be having three fights where International Title Belt recognition in different categories will be at stake. This second Big Night of Boxing is being staged at the Sky Club Paceville on Saturday 21st April.

 The main attraction of the Night will be the fight between Malta's Billy 'the Hit Man' Corito, who will be defending the EBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title Belt, against Britain's challenger Davey 'Boy' Clarke.  Corito's record presently stands at winning eight fights in a row with a high dose of knock-outs finale; in fact on seven of these encounters he knocked out his opponents, six of whom in the second round and one in the first round. Clarke is regarded as a dangerous composed fighter with a sturdy character built through his experience fighting against tough and famed opponents.  The Corito - Clarke fight will be made up of six by 3mins each session.

With the names of the other boxers on the night announced two of the bouts will also be having two Intercontinental Title Belts to determine. 

One of these will be for a Cruiserweight Category title where Tyrone Borg, having to his credit three wins out of three fights with a knock-out win in the 2nd Round in January, will be fighting Shaun Williams who have a record of five wins out of 6 fights.

 The third Intercontinental Title Belt in contestation on the night will be between Middleweight Category boxers Dione Galea and Joe "The Sniper" Swales.  Galea has featured in 14 fights of which he won 9, drew 2 and lost 3.   Joe Swales is a very experienced amateur and has an EBF record of 9 fights with 5 wins. Joe has always boxed high standard opponents with the EBF ranks.

 The other bouts on the Night are: Etinenne Spiteri v Jamie Gelder - a light Middleweight with a record of 2 fights 2 wins; Bradon Borg v Greg Harwood - a Light Welterweight boxer who has had four EBF bouts with 2 wins and 2 loses; and Lyndon Chircop v Joe Boffey - a Bantamweight boxer who will be making his EBF Debut. The five other secondary bouts will be made up of four by 2mins each session,

Tickets selling at €25 (VIP) and €15 are available from the London Butcher, Sir Frederick C. Ponsonby Street Gzira (9900 3244), and from Mr M's Snack Bar, Gzira. 

 Meanwhile the organisers will be staging a Press Conference at the Medasia Fusion Lounge, The Strand Sliema, on Friday 13th April at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. On this occasion the weigh-in of the local boxers to feature on the Saturday 21st Show will be held. Furthermore addressing the Press Conference will also be Super Heavyweigt boxer Scott "Bam Bam" Whelton who is currently in Malta acting as a sparring partner to Billy Corito in preparation for his coming fight.

The main sponsors of the April Night of Boxing are RE/MAX Alliance Tigne, The Party Bus Malta and Medasia Fusion Lounge. Other support is being extended by Fortina Hotel, Sky Club, Paceville and Pebbles Boutique Hotel.