Local boxer Hugo Micallef has won his first professional fight, making him the only Monegasque fighter to ever be able to make such a claim.
Hugo Micallef notched up more than 100 amateur victories while representing his homeland in tournaments worldwide, and recently signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank.
He made is professional debut in Paris on 10th September on the undercard of heavyweight contender Tony Yoka’s homecoming bout against fellow unbeaten Petar Milas. Micallef dominated his Argentinian opponent in four rounds for a unanimous victory on points.
In a proud announcement, the National Council said on social media: “After the disappointment of this summer and his non-participation in the Tokyo Olympics, I am happy to see Hugo bounce back and launch his promising career in the most wonderful way. I wish him the best for the future. For his qualities, his tireless work and his tenacity, he deserves it!”
The 23-year-old, who had aspirations of becoming the first Olympic boxer from the Principality of Monaco, now sets his sights on becoming the first boxer from his country to win a professional world title. He helped break the glass ceiling for Monegasque boxing at the world amateur level and counts Prince Albert and the National Council among his supporters.
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