The result never mattered in the end. What mattered most was we got to see two legends do it one last time!!!
Following his last achievement, winning the World Boxing Council Mediterranean Super Featherweight Championship in March 2019, he made history for Malta. That achievement opened the doors to the European Boxing Union who issued a purse bid (expression of interest) for European boxing promoters to bid to win.
RCCBoxe Promotions of Italy was the winner of the bidder putting forward their fighter Mario Alfano, who has accumulated a record of 17 fights, 15 wins 1 loss 1 draw. The European Title fight will take place in the Palasantoro Sports Venue in Rome, Italy on Friday the 4th December. The fight will be shown LIVE on Rai Sport with the expected time to be 11pm.
Having spoken to Haithem, he recently appointed Prize Boxing Promotions' Demis Tonna as Second while the tactics mind behind the team is Davide Giordano, who will also be acting as cutsman.
This is an important step for Haithem. This is boxing at the highest level or as know, top flight boxing. No other boxer in Malta has yet achieved as much as Haithem, but to win a European Boxing Union title you must catch the attention of the European Boxing Union.
Lets talk about how he got here. I've known Haithem since 2007. I was a boxing Official within the Amateur Boxing Association of England when I saw this technical kid who could strike from any angle. He was a boxer with Maltese origin who later on represented Malta in the AIBA World Championships 2009 in Milan, Italy. He continued to box in the UK and Malta under the Malta Amateur Boxing Federation.
Six years later, he joined the Professional Boxing Ranks and appointed Patrick Schaerrer who had organised for him to visit Australia under the supervision of Coach Nudge Meli. While in Australia, he competed straight at the highest level and soon after stepping foot in Australia he won the New South Wales, State Championship at Super Lightweight in March 2016. The following year he won the Oceana Pacific Boxing Federation Light weight title in March of 2017. In July of the same year, Haithem also won the National Lightweight Title.
History was made when Haithem fought and won the World Boxing Council Mediterranean Super Featherwieght Title held in Malta.
Haithem spent most of 2019 battling an injury to his right shoulder and despite the injury he made a successful return to the ring on October 2020 at the Montekristo Estates.
Now is time to reach for the goals and set the path for others to follow.