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Another great night of boxing by Prize Boxing Promotions

Local Boxing Promoter Demis Tonna promoted his 4th show of the year tagged “Rumble in the Med – We Will Rock You” on Friday 22nd November 2013 at the Dolmen Hotel, Bugibba. In front of a packed out Oracle Arena which held no less than 950 local boxing fans, fighters from Fight Factory, Ying Yang, Dixon’s School of Boxing, Brown’s Boxing Club & Team Zahra made it a great success, ending the year 2013 with a loud bang.

Kevin Grech
29 November 2013, 12:00am
Boxing fans enjoyed a night of boxing at the highest level. Photo by Charlo Micallef

In front of a packed out Oracle Arena which held no less than 950 local boxing fans, fighters from Fight Factory, Ying Yang, Dixon’s School of Boxing, Brown’s Boxing Club & Team Zahra made it a great success, ending the year 2013 with a loud bang. The Esteemed Promoter pulled out all the stops to ensure the fans in attendance, a night of boxing they are likely never to forget.

Fight 1 – Female Light Bantamweight Contest 3x2.
Many Cortis V Kelly Young

 Female fighter Mandy Cortis of Fight Factory, Marsa, kick started the night as she faced the British fighter Kelly Young in a 3x2 minute round contest. Superior technic lasted the whole fight from Cortis while the Young boxed off the back foot and could not seem to take control of the fight. Mandy won on a judges score cards where all 3 judges scored the fight at 30-27 all in favour of local fighter Cortis.

Fight 2 – Super Lightweight 4x2.
Nico Sciberras Won by a judge’s unanimous points decision over Christian Chafai

Fight 3 – Welterweight 4x2.
James Armond Borg won as Karlo Yates retired on his stool earning Borg his first TKO Win if his career.

Fight 4 – Super Welterweight 4x2.
The Referee stopped the contest in the 2nd round and awarded Garth “the Problem” Galea his first TKO win over Alex Boswell

Fight 5 – Cruiserweight 6x2.
Chris Debone also won by a judge’s unanimous points decision over Jack O’Sullivan

Fight 6 – Heavyweight Prize Fighter Semi Final 1 3x3.
Darren Borg went through to final on the judge’s score cards when he was faced Michael Carter.

Fight 7 – Heavyweight Prize Fighter Semi Final 2 3x3.
Defending Prize Fighter Champion Mark Cutajar found his place in the prize fighter final as he beat Melcolm Sciberras on split decision.  

Fight 8 – WBUv Middleweight Semi Professional National Title 6x2.
Richard “The Viper” Vella V Dino Shields

Richard “The Viper” Vella captured the WBUv National Semi Pro title sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission. Vella faced the tough unbeaten Dino Shields in a 6x2 the first National Semi Professional contest, making it his biggest win to date. From the sound of the first bell until the sounds of the last both fighters were in an all-out battle, throwing bombs making the crowed go wild with cheers and chants. Shields fell to the canvas in the 1st round which made Vella more confident. Vella was more accurate of the two and thus won the rounds. Both fighters were applauded for fighting their hearts out in what was a great competitive and brutal fight.
Fight 9 – Cruiserweight 4x3.

Tyrone “El Terrible” Borg stopped Steve “The Cobra” Aquilina at 2 minutes 28 seconds of the 3rd round. Tyrone who was stunned by a knock down in the opening seconds of the 1st round but came back to form and returned the favour twice in the 3rd round which saw the Maltese Fighting Veteran counted out by the referee after he fell to the canvas for the 3rd and last time.
It was announced that Borg was signed “on the spot” and will now be licence as a professional boxer by the Malta Boxing Commission.
Secretary General of the Commission, Marc James stated “It is with great please to present Tyrone with his Professional Licence and add him to our growing list of fighting members we have both in Malta and the United Kingdom”. “The Malta Boxing Commission is convinced that Demis Tonna and his company have a bright future ahead of them and we are looking forward to working with Prize Boxing Promotions again in the near future” James added.
“This is an exciting time for Tyrone and I am absolutely delighted for him. Tyrone is a superb fighter, he thrilled fans with his performances as a semi-professional and it is now time for him to step up the top ranks where is deserves to be” stated Demis Tonna.

Fight 10 – Heavyweight Prize Fighter Final 3x3.
Darren Borg was crowned the new Prize Fighting Champion as faced defending champion Mark Cutajar in the final.
Fight 11 – Light Welterweight Professional Contest 6x3.
 “Super” Steve Martin again proves that he is one of; if not, the best fighter on the boxing circuit as he was matched with Slaibi who is Lebanese born, fighting out of Germany in a Light Welterweight Professional contest sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission. Slaibi started the fight fast and seem to surprise the local fighter from Hamrun in the 1st round. The German was properly winning the first two rounds with his aggressiveness until Martin returned back to business in the 3rd round. Slaibi was knocked down twice in the 3rd round and the now well settled Martin came out for 4th and brought down Slaibi for the third time in the fight after a well-placed body shot, seeing the referee wave off the fight. With this impressive victory Steve Martin improved his Professional boxing record to 12 competitive fights. (7 Wins, 4 Loses and 1 Draw).

Prize Boxing Promotions on the behalf of its fighters would like to express their sincere appreciation for the support of the efforts shown by the Independent Boxing Association President Mr. Alan Morlock and especially Team Manager Darren Mairs as well as the Malta Boxing Commission and the World Boxing Union V.
“All of this could not have been possible without the cooperation and all out support of our valued partners like the IBA & the MBC. We want to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for their continued support with special thanks to our main sponsors ‘Eat Me I’m Famous’ & ’77 Great Estates’ as well as Badass Burgers, Continental Cars and Stay Gold Ink Studio for their contributions to Prize Boxing Promotions” Stated Demis Tonna.
Kevin Grech is MaltaToday's sports editor. He has been the designer of MaltaToday's print ...
Anthony Falzon
I have never missed a boxing night organized by Mr.Dennis Tonna, great organization, but I was utterly dissapointed with the decision of the judges regarding the fight between heavyweights Mark Cutajar and Darren Borg. Darren is a good clean boxer but with all respect it was clear that fight should have gone to Cutajar. Shame such a great night had to end on a sore note. Having said that, keep up the good work Dennis.