The Malta Boxing Commission continues its revitalization with the appointment of former two-time heavyweight champion "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon as Honorary Vice President. He joins two-time, two-division world champion Steve "Celtic Warrior" Collins who was appointed President earlier this month and Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro, founding partner and the other Vice President on the board.
Witherspoon fought during the rich heavyweight era of the 1980's, taking then-reigning WBC king Larry Holmes the distance in only his sixteenth pro fight in May 1983. Although he lost a controversial split decision, Witherspoon had proven he was a world class caliber fighter. He soon captured the WBC title from Greg Page three fights later the following year by majority decision.
After losing the WBC championship to Pinklon Thomas in his first defense in August 1984 by majority decision, Witherspoon quickly re-positioned himself for a world title by securing the NABF belt with a second round knockout of James Broad in April 1985.
He defeated Tony Tubbs for the WBA version of the world heavyweight championship by another close majority decision in January 1986 and successfully defended it against the "Pride Of England" Frank Bruno six months later in front of over 40,000 partisan fans at Wembley Stadium in London with an eleventh round TKO. He then suffered a first round knockout at the hands of James "Bonecrusher" Smith to lose the title in his second defense in December 1986 at Madison Square Garden.
Of his appointment of Honorary Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, Witherspoon said:
It's a true honor to have been asked to be part of such an exciting young organization.
It's great for Malta, or any country, to have a national Boxing association that makes sure that boxers are properly licensed and looked after.
Boxing is in a sad state right now and we've all got to work together, boxers, officials, everybody has to work together to get the sport back to where it used to be.
All the hard stuff and the things I have fought for in the past is picking up now, you know, so them having me involved with the Malta Boxing Commission is just beautiful and I'm really looking forward to participating in the commission.
Steve (Collins) is a brilliant guy, Steve as an individual is great. With Steve Collins there's no bull, so I know we have the right guy on top of the board.
We've done several things together in the past, so I know you can trust Steve. If there's one guy you can trust, besides me, it's Steve Collins.
Not just that, but it's gonna be great to work with my friend Rio (Gianluca Di Caro) again. I know that Steve and Rio are dedicated and professional boxing people, as are the rest of the commission, which can only be good for Boxing in Malta.
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