The MBC International Championship is a joint venture between the Malta Boxing Commission Limited and New Jersey, USA based Group One Sports and Entertainment Consulting.
From day one, the MBC International Championship was created as an open championship, as such is not limited to any one region or country, but available to be competed for by boxers from any Country and at any location World-wide.
The MBC International Championship provide promoters a cost effective Championship for their events, as well as provide upcoming boxers an opportunity to compete for a credible, high profile International Championship accolade.
INAUGURAL CHAMPION – MARK PRINCE (UK)
On the 2nd August 2014 London’s Mark Prince became the first to add the MBC International Championship belt to his trophy cabinet, following a unanimous points victory over Czech Republic’s Jiri Svacina, at York Hall in London.
Since his return to the sport in October last year, to raise awareness for the Kiyan Prince Foundation – Prince’s son Kiyan, a talented young footballer with Queens Park Rangers who was murdered in 2006, the foundation in his name is dedicated to educating young people against knife crime – Prince had only two bouts prior to facing Svacina, both ended well within the distance, leaving most observers expecting an explosive early finish from the Tottenham man.
However, no one took into account just how tough and awkward an opponent Svacina is, or just how much the sparring sessions with Wladimir Klitschko had added to his game.
From the start it was clear this was going to be a technical fight, both protagonists taking it really slow, feeling each other out with strong jabs but little else.
Throughout the early rounds Prince mainly used his jab to try and work an opening, but Svacina is a savvy character, keeping his awkward guard in place throughout.
As the rounds progressed, without too much out and out action, referee Steve Holdsworth pulled the pair together, to give them a stiff talking to about the lack of action, after which both reacted with a flurry of attacks.
Without doubt the best attacks came from Prince, who controlled centre ring throughout, however Svacina’s countering kept the Londoner in check.
After the final bell rang, there was no surprise that it was Mark Prince that was announced victorious, by unanimous decision.
Judges Tony Cesay and Lee Murtagh scored the bout 100-90, whilst judge Keith Webb scored the bout 100 -93.