Marc Elliott Leslie James is his full name but he is known to many as simply Marc James.
An ex-Royal British Army Soldier, he started boxing in 1994 at Bertu’s Gym Hal Gharghur. With an amateur record of 32 bouts (28 wins – 4 losses) he showed great potential as a young fighter.
Marc joined the British Army in 2003 where he served his time within the 5th Regiment of Foot Guards, Welsh Guards.
After a short promising career as a boxing athlete, Marc had to turn his interest to officiating within the Yorkshire district, after a serious RTA lead to his medically discharged from the army.
In 2006, he was granted a coaching certificate by the Army Boxing Association and coached a team of army boxers. (1st Battalion Welsh Guards).
While in the position of Regiments Boxing Manager Marc also ran the Army low key Boxing Events, while achieving his ABA England Judge and Timekeeper in 2008.
He then progressed to a Refereeing role in 2010. He helped run a community service programme boxing gym in Catterick called JABS ABC.
He was also recognized by many national organisations such as UKCC, SPORT ENGLAND and ABAE.
In 2008, Marc was elected as Competition Technical Adviser and formed part of the Revamp Committee of the Malta Boxing Federation Executive Committee, which had been in a dormant state for over 15 years.
Later in June 2010, the members of the Maltese Boxing Federation elected Marc as Secretary General. He held this position until December 2011.
While on the Maltese Amateur Committee, Marc James set up key elements of National Governance with programmes such as Officials and Coaches Workshops, leading the team to full recognition by the National Olympic and the Country’s Sport Committees. Marc founded and ran 2 National Championships, 2 International Home Events, and has represented Maltese Amateur Boxing to the UK, Monaco, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Italy and Kazakhstan at the 2010 AIBA World Convention.
In October 2012 The Malta Boxing Commission approached Marc and following positive meetings announced that he was the new Permanent Secretary General of the Malta Boxing Commission shortly after.