The most important category of all, these are the exceptional men and women who compete, without whom, the sport would not exist at all.
As such the health and safety of the boxers is the Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International primary concern.
Whilst neither the Malta Boxing Commission, or MBC International, have a policy to actively recruit boxers, they are willing to accept applications for licenses.
To be eligible for a Malta Boxing Commission license, applicants are required to prove a reasonable level of amateur boxing, or other pugilistic sport such as Kick Boxing, experience.
For novice boxers it is also required that a full contact sparring test session, against a licensed boxer of the same weight, to ensure that they have suitable ability to compete.
It is a requirement that applicants undertake a full medical, as well as blood screening, for HIV, Hepatitis C Antigen, Hepatitis B Antigen, Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, on application as well as annually for the duration of their license.
It is also a requirement that the applicant undertakes an MRI/MRA scan on application as well as annually for the duration of their license.
To ensure the health and safety of a competitor at an event, the competitor must also undertake a pre-contest medical.
Also that at the conclusion of the bout that the competitor is inspected immediately by the official MBC Ringside Medical Officer as well as undertake a post-bout medical.
Should a boxer suffers a head injury during a competition, it is imperative that he or she are transported to the nearest neurosurgical unit as rapidly as possible.
To ensure that this is possible both Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International contact the local A&E as well as the nearest Neurological centre to inform them that an event will take place, as well as provide direct telephone contact from the Ringside Medical Officer to the nearest A&E or Neurological unit to ensure that they will be on full alert and expect an injured boxer.
MBC BOXERS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Blood Work: HIV (must be drawn within 30 days of submitting all requirements to become licensed), Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, and Hepatitis C Antibody (Hepatitis B & C blood work can be drawn within the calendar year).
2. Physical: Must be administered by a licensed M.D. or D.O. and is good for one calendar year.
3. Eye Exam: Must submit a dilated ophthalmological exam administered by a licensed ophthalmologist. This exam is valid for one calendar year.
4. Radiological Exams: Must submit an MRI or MRA of the brain without contrast on an annual basis.
5. Older Fighters: Professional boxers who will turn 36 during this calendar year, or is 36 and over must submit a comprehensive physical exam administered by a licensed M.D. or D.O., an EKG, Chest X-Ray, Urinalysis, and additional blood work including: CBC, Chemistry Panel containing Electrolytes, Creatinine, and Liver Function.
6. Additional Requirements: For professional boxers who has not fought a professional fight in the last 36 months, has fought over 425 professional rounds and is not under suspension in another state or country need to submit a comprehensive physical exam administered by a licensed M.D. or D.O., an EKG, Chest X-Ray, Urinalysis, and additional blood work including: CBC, Chemistry Panel containing Electrolytes, Creatinine, and Liver Function.