Important Statement from the President of the Malta Boxing Commission
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Carlo
Gzira, Malta – May 22, 2012- Whilst the worldwide media have been focused on the issues surrounding the proposed Dereck Chisora versus David Haye bout in London on July 14th, elsewhere in the World a not too dissimilar scenario has been unfolding on the Islands of Malta.
Unlike in the case of Dereck Chisora or David Haye, where no criminal charges have been instigated, former Commonwealth Champion Scott Dixon, the subject of the drama unfolding in Malta, has been on bail since 2009 awaiting trial for the alleged importation and distribution of narcotics.
On receiving news that Mr. Dixon has been arrested for breaking his bail conditions, Alexander Zammit, President of the Malta Boxing Commission, today issued the following statement:
“The incorrigible former commonwealth boxing champ, Scott Dixon, is back behind bars. Information supplied to the office of the Malta Boxing Commission indicates that Dixon was arrested for breaking his bail conditions.
Unconfirmed sources also informed us that Dixon’s bail bond was withdrawn before he was re-arrested.
Dixon is presently in Malta (where he has resided since 2005) awaiting trial in connection over the alleged importation and attempted distribution of around 500 Kilos of cannabis or resin cannabis, since 2009. He was eventually given provisional liberty against a bail bond of over 30,000 Euros.
Hours before Dixon was arrested early on Saturday morning (19 May, 2012), he was acting as a corner-man for the organizers of Malta’s ‘Prize Boxer’, an eight-man unsanctioned boxing tournament based on the ‘Prize Fighter’ concept.
Sources at ringside place Dixon at the tournament into the early hours of Saturday morning (from Friday night), well beyond the parameters established in his bail conditions by the local courts.
This latest episode in the Dixon saga may have put paid to Dixon’s comeback plans. According to the German based ‘World Boxing Union’ Scott Dixon was to take on Baker Barakat (champion) for his WBU super-middleweight title on the 18th August in Pembroke, Malta.
Sources from within the WBU confirm that this bout is being sanctioned by the German Boxing Board (BDB).
On the other hand – The BDB are presently condemning very strongly and labeling as controversial a contest between David Haye and Dereck Chisora at West Ham on July 14, sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF).
Just as Chisora and Haye do not hold a valid license with the BBBofC or the BDB – neither does Scott Dixon hold a boxing license with the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC). As a matter of fact he was refused a license by the MBC until such time as the Maltese authorities either declared him innocent of the charges against him or such charges are dropped.
Yet the BDB (according to the WBU) saw fit to sanction this Malta show and one has to assume that if this show were to happen this would also be done under a German Boxing License as Dixon’s license was suspended by the BBBofC before he took up residence in Malta.
Is this a case of two weights and two measures? – The BDB should never have sanctioned an event involving Scott Dixon, especially since this is being held in Malta.
In my opinion the proposed Barakat – Dixon fight is much more condemnable than the Haye – Chisora fight.
If the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is to be condemned for supplying the legality for the Haye – Chisora proposed fight, the Germans should also, at the very least, be equally condemned over the Barakat – Dixon scheduled fight.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Don’t throw stones at your neighbours’, if your own windows are glass.”