Boxing: Hugo Micallef registers first KO in Monaco debut

Hugo Micallef defeats Denis Bartos

Hugo Micallef remains unbeaten as he registered his eighth-consecutive victory on Saturday, and his first in his home country of Monaco.

Micallef headlined Saturday’s boxing spectacle held in the Chapiteau de Fontvieille. The Monegasque, hailed the ‘Fresh Prince of Monaco’, came out to the ring shortly after midnight and wasted little time getting to work on his Czech opponent, Denis Bartos.

The Czech national champion has seven KOs to his name, but he was given no time to settle in front of a fervent Monegasque crowd, with Micallef needing just a matter of seconds to land the crucial blow in the opening round. Hit in the stomach, Bartos went down and failed to get back to his feet.

Micallef: “That was the best feeling I’ve had coming into the ring”

Speaking to Monaco Info, Micallef, making his debut in Monaco, described the victory as “the best feeling” he has had in his fighting career.

“As a pro and as an amateur, I’ve had about 100 fights up to this point, but that was the best feeling I’ve had coming into the ring. I think [the fans] gave me the lift to do what I did in just a matter of seconds,” said Monaco-native boxer.

Having registered the eighth victory of his unbeaten professional career, Micallef’s focus has already turned to his next fight, to be held in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 16th November. His focus will then turn to the Olympic qualifying event, with the Paris 2024 Games coming into view.


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Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Direction de la Communication