Coqqos vs Dixon: Rematch!
Coqqos vs Dixon: It looks like two of the biggest names in Maltese boxing have taken a step closer to facing one another in the ring – for the third time!
With boxing currently on hold amid the COVID-19 crisis, Malta’s leading promoter Demis Tonna (Prize Boxing Promotions) asked fans on social media which bout they would like to see once boxing resumes. A popular choice was Christian ‘Coqqos’ Schembri vs Scott Dixon III.
After an exchange of words between both boxers on social media, they agreed to face each other in the ring once again. Tonna also seems keen for the bout to happen stating: “Christian ‘Coqqos’ Schembri is the only Maltese to beat Scott Dixon and it would be an opportunity for Scott to set the record straight. It would be a cracker. They boxed twice already, winning one each. The trilogy would be a decider.”
In an exclusive interview with BoxBets, Coqqos said: “Me and Dixon are on two fights, we split them, both decisions. I’m the first Maltese to beat him and I believe I beat him the first time around as well. He believes he beat me twice, now we have a chance to see who’s right.
“He reckons he can still make it as a pro and I’m ready to prove him wrong and stop him in his tracks.”
First Fight: Dixon
Originally set to face Tyrone Borg back in September of 2015, Dixon was left looking for a new opponent when Borg pulled out injured. Schembri stepped up to take the place of his countryman and the classic first fight was set. Interestingly, that would be Schembri’s debut – and against a former Commonwealth and WBU World Champion, it was no easy task.
The fight went the distance, with Dixon being declared the winner after 10 rounds of action. Two judges gave it to Dixon with scores of 97-93 and 96-94, while the third judge scored it a draw at 95-95.
Second Fight: Coqqos
Such was the level of action and drama of the first bout, the public demanded a rematch – and that duly happened in March 2016.
Both boxers went into the rematch on two fight winning streaks, but it would be Schembri who came out the winner on this occasion, again after 10 gruelling rounds of non-stop action. This time two of the judges favoured him with scores of 99-91 and 96-95, with the other judge giving it to Dixon at 98-94.
Third Fight: Who Wins?
With both boxers holding one win apiece, it really is time to settle the score.
But who wins? Dixon has the experience and has faced high level opponents such as Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Macklin, and Jamie Moore; whereas Coqqos won the last bout between them, has youth on his side, and is ever improving under the guidance of Steve Martin and new trainer Henry Wharton.
Make no mistake, this will be a huge fight for Maltese boxing and is a bout that can’t happen soon enough for the fans! Stay tuned…