From The Office of the Vice President
MALTA BOXING COMMISSION LIMITED
21st March 2016
Mr. Robert Lenhardt
Mr. Mauricio Sulaimán
WBC Board Of Governors
World Boxing Council
RE: Malta Boxing Commission Application For World Boxing Council Affiliation
Dear Mr. Lenhardt, Mr. Sulaimán and the honorable members of the WBC Board of Governors.
With regard to your letter dated March 18th 2016, I apologise that I mistakenly thought that affiliation with WBC affiliate the Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC), would provide a bone fide avenue to enable us to request affiliation with the WBC.
With regard to the statement on the Malta Boxing Commission’s website – which had stated that the MBC have received affiliation with the WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council, not WBC – however in order to prevent any confusion this has now been changed to just state Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC)
Obviously we are keen to gain affiliation to the World Boxing Council, especially as we are the oldest Professional Boxing Organisation for the Republic Of Malta and were inducted as a provisional member of the European Boxing Union (EBU) in 2011.
Whilst I understand that the recent MBC breakaway organisation Malta Boxing Association (MBA) is the current EBU member and that the WBC Constitution does not allow two organisations from the same country to be affiliated with the World Boxing Council.
However as both Mr. Lenhardt and Mr. Sulaimán are fully aware of verified issues regarding the MBA and it’s failure to observe the rules of professional boxing with regard to the health and safety of boxers, by allowing boxers on their events to box without proper medicals, blood screening or MRI brain scans as well as their allowing a boxer caught taking cocaine prior to his bout still box on the event that Mr. Marc James and Leif Magnusson switched from MBC to MBA after MBC Chief Medical Officer Dr Mark Xuereb and myself had withdrawn permission for him to do so.
As this information, as well as Dr Xuereb’s report etc were supplied by myself to Mr. Lenhardt and Mr. Sulaimán at the WBC and the European Boxing Union in recent months, I, and I’m sure the board of the WBC, would expect that the EBU will take the appropriate action against the MBA and as such the opportunity would be there for ourselves to apply to be the official WBC member for the Republic of Malta sometime in the near future.
As such I request advice from yourself on the correct procedure for an application for the Malta Boxing Commission to become affiliated with the World Boxing Council once this matter regarding MBA’s endangerment of boxers has been dealt with through European Boxing Union mediation.
Gianluca Di Caro
Malta Boxing Commission