MBC Board Members


The Executive Committee of the Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International comprises of some of the most respected people within boxing, each dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of their license holders and boxers that compete on events sanctioned by the MBC.

President: Mr. Tim Witherspoon.

Tim Witherspoon, is a former American professional boxer known as ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon is a two time Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Vice President (Founding): Mr. Gianluca Di Caro.

Gianluca Di Caro, the former Marketing Director of the World Boxing Federation, is one of the founding partners of both the Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International as well as the Managing Director of World Championship organisation the World Boxing Union (WBU) – Europe.

Vice President (Scotland): Mr. Kenny Barr

Kenny Barr, is a hugely popular former amateur boxer, since retiring from the ring Mr Barr has moved into an officials role and has officiated numerous events, both domestic and World level as well as was recently appointed the UK Rep for the World Boxing Foundation.

Vice President (Ireland): Mr. David Walshe

David Walshe has been involved in many aspects of Irish professional boxing for over twenty years, Mr. Walshe is a highly respected official within Irish boxing circles, as well as owns and operates the popular Irish boxing news website Irish Boxers.

Vice President (England): Mr. David Smith

David Smith, a former licensed promoter, is well known within the sport of boxing in the United Kingdom and has been instrumental in the introduction of a number of boxer health and safety processes that are widely used within the sport these days.

Chairman: Mr. Carmelu Cardona

Carmelu Cardona is the former Chairman of the Maltese amateur boxing organisation Malta Boxing Federation and as such is highly respected as one of the leading officials within boxing on the Islands.

Vice Chairman: Ms. Jennifer Burton

Jennifer Burton, is well known within boxing circles, both in her role as the MBC Northern Area UK General Secretary, as well as for her officiating of National and World events, a hugely popular figure Ms Burton has recently appointed as a supervisor/official for the World Boxing union (WBU)

Chief Medical Officer (Malta) Dr Mark Xuereb M.D., M.R.C.Psych.(UK), M.C.E.M.(UK), M.M.C.F.D.

Dr. Xuereb, a member of the national crisis team at Mater Dei University Hospital, Malta,

as well as manages his own crisis team in a private pharmacy and private hospital in Malta, is the Islands leading ringside physician. Dr. Xuereb and his team of trauma specialist are the leading team for ringside medical services for all types of pugilistic arts events in Malta

Chief Medical Officer (UK) Dr Yousef Rashid M.D., MB BS (London 1992) DFFP RCOG

Dr Rashid, who heads up his own practice in London, is one of the UK’s leading ringside physicians, having provided medial coverage for pugilistic events, from the burgeoning white collar, through Mixed Martial Arts and of course professional boxing for the past twenty years.

Boxers Representative: Mr. Marlon Hunt

Marlon Hunt is a record holding nine time Kickboxing World Champion, Mr. Hunt is also a professional boxer.

Officials Representative: Mr. Lee Murtagh

Lee Murtagh is a former Irish Professional Boxer, Mr. Murtagh is the former Irish Super Middleweight Champion. Since retiring from the ring Mr. Murtagh has successfully officiated as a referee at a numerous of events, both in Malta and the UK. Mr. Murtagh is also the Northern Regional (UK) Chairman for MBC International.

Referee/Judges Representative: Mr. Billy Phillips

Billy Phillips is one of the UK’s top referees, Mr. Phillips, who has been involved in the sport of boxing for over fifty years, became the first British referee to officiate at the Olympics in over twenty years, when he was selected to officiate at the 2008 Beijing games.

Promoters & Managers Representative: Mr. Johnny Eames.

Johnny Eames is one of the UK’s best known coaches and managers, having coached and managed the likes of WBU World Champions Graham Earl, Kevin Lear and Tony Oakey and many, many other domestic and internationally acclaimed boxers. Mr. Eames has also successfully promoted a number of events in the UK.

Director of Female Boxing: Ms. Marianne Marston

Marianne Marston, the current MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion, is the protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Ms Marston is responsible for all aspects of encouraging more females to the sport, including via her industry leading Women’s Boxing Classes series as well as the development of the Women’s World Boxing Championships.

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