The Malta Boxing Commission today announced that World Champion Steve
‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins has been appointed as their new President.
Mr Collins takes over the role from Interim President Gianluca Di Caro,
who temporarily took the reigns of the Malta Boxing Commission in October,
following the removal of former President Alexander Zammit for gross
misconduct and negligence.
Following his appointment Mr Collins said, “I am honoured to be the new
President of the Malta Boxing Commission.
I have always believed that there is potential for Maltese based fighters,
national Maltese fighters, who have not had the opportunity to break into
the professional ranks.
The Malta Boxing Commission isn’t big, but it is an organisation that is
determined to do it’s best for the young upcoming fighters on the islands.
It’s a professional board of control that’s accepted by boxing sanctioning
organisations world wide, which is very important to us, we’re glad about
this as this recognition enables us to hold professional boxing events in
On a more personal note, besides my involvement with boxing on the
Islands, I have family connections here, my brother is involved with one
of the professional football teams in Malta, so I am looking forward to
spending even more time here in the future.”
Outgoing Interim President Mr Di Caro, who is a founding partner of the
Malta Boxing Commission, then spoke briefly on the appointment of the new
“We, the entire board of the Malta Boxing Commission, are proud to
announce that our new President is Mr Steve Collins.
Throughout his career Steve has been an exemplary ambassador for the
sport, as well as possessing a superlative boxing pedigree.
As an amateur he won 26 Irish titles, as a pro he achieved the pinnacle of
the sport, World Champion, not just the once but at two weights –
Middleweight and Super Middleweight - as well as won both Irish and
American National Championship honours.
Since retiring from the ring in 1997, Steve has remained very much “hands
on” within the sport, not just in Malta but also the UK and of course his
homeland of Ireland.
As such we, the board of the Malta Boxing Commission, are particularly
pleased to welcome Steve to the organisation, as we believe that under his
leadership we will finally achieve our aim of developing a professional
boxing culture within the Republic of Malta.”
In addition the Malta Boxing Commission have strengthened the board
further by appointing former Malta Boxing Federation CEO Mr Carmelu
Cardona to the role of Vice Chairman and Dr Matthew Brincat, Chairman of
the Marsa Race Course, to the role of Head of Legal, as well as ratified
all long standing board members roles.
In addition the board members agreed to the amending of the Malta Boxing
Commission statutes, in order to prevent any single board member assuming
an autocratic and self benefiting role, as with former President Mr
Alexander Zammit during his tenure, to ensure that all decisions are made
in a truly democratic manner by the appropriate committee, for the
benefit of the MBC members and the sport of boxing.