Boxing: Hugo Micallef, the ‘Fresh Prince of Monaco’, shines in Vegas 

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Hugo Micallef, Monaco’s first professional boxer took on the bright lights of Las Vegas – and his opponent Sergio Odabai – and won at his US debut last week.  

Hugo Micallef, a name rapidly gaining traction in the boxing world, made his US debut on 16th November at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  

Competing against Austria’s Sergio Odabai, Micallef’s aim was to extend his unbeaten streak in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

The fight, part of the Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin De Los Santos undercard, not only marked Micallef’s first US appearance, but also his fourth fight in 2023. Streaming live on ESPN+, the event was a significant milestone for the 25-year-old Monegasque. 

With an impressive record of eight straight wins with one knockout, against Denis Bartos in the first round back in September, this latest pitting in Vegas became a dream come true for Micallef as he was announced victor in the ring.  

He was able to celebrate his win with an old school friend and fellow Monegasque, Scuderia Ferrari F1 racer Charles Leclerc, who was also in Las Vegas for the Grand Prix.  

Expressing his support for Micallef, Leclerc shared a series of photographs of the duo on his social media accounts, writing, “Friends since school. It’s practice day for me in Vegas for the first-ever time but it is also the day of Hugo’s first-ever fight in the US. Representing well Monaco.”  


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Photo source: Charles Leclerc / Facebook