Mr. Gabriele Martelli – Following our hard work for Malta’s boxing we have historical steps this year31 August 2019
The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships is turning to its end in Madrid where one of the developing countries Malta has done its historical debut. We asked for their head coach Mr. Gabriele Martelli about Malta’s boxing life, developments and future plans which he introduced to the European Boxing Confederation.
Malta returned to the boxing map at the EUBC European Schoolboys & Schoolgirls Boxing Championships in Georgia a few weeks ago. Their next historical step was Skye Falzon’s actions who competed at the featherweight (57kg) in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. Malta’s last appearance in a major event was Haithem Laamouz’s participation in the Milan 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships which means the island returned to the world of boxing after 10 years of hiatus.
“We started to develop boxing in Malta from the grassroots one and half year ago and we faced lot of challenges but the basic things have been established in Malta’s boxing. We prepared our youngest age group in the recent one year to compete at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships and return to the events.
We attended in the last EUBC Congress in Moscow earlier this year at the very first time. Our President Mr. Patrick Schaerrer, me and together with the support of the country manager Mrs. Maria Mamo, we introduced our five-year long strategy to EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli and he promised to support us in the upcoming period to build up Malta’s boxing.
I have been involved to the EUBC Coaches Commission as Vice-Chairman and I became Malta’s first ever official. We hosted the first ever international boxing tournament in Malta this April where a well-known Instructor Mr. Adam Kusior of Poland supported us. Five nations attended in the international tournament and we are planning to increase these figures in the upcoming years.
Following the first developments, we have now coaches who have got AIBA stars to build the new generation of boxers in Malta. We attended with three boxers in the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships which was held in Georgia. Skye Falzon is our best female boxer who competed in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships here in Madrid.
Our most important goal was the participation in these EUBC championships, the results did not matter, the benefit for our boxers was the international experience. We have approximately 100 boxers in the island and 14 boxing clubs which are the first steps for our better future.
We are planning to attend in the European Olympic Qualification Event with Skye Falzon and we are working on that to bring boys as well. The next international tournament in Malta will be held in 2020 and for longer term, we are planning to host a continental event in the next Olympic era,”introduced Malta’s boxing life their head coach Mr. Gabriele Martelli in the venue of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships.
“I am proud of the hard work of the President of the Malta Boxing Federation and their new energetic management to improve our beloved sport in the island. The European Boxing Confederation welcomes Malta’s return to the boxing map and we will try to support them to feel the spirit of the European Boxing Family. I believe their new programs are only the start of the future developments and a new era in Malta’s boxing life. I am looking forward to meeting with Malta’s team in all of our upcoming events,” summarized EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli his best wishes to Malta Boxing Federation.