Boxing: Hugo Micallef to compete in Olympic qualifiers

Hugo Micallef v Michal Bulik

Monaco’s Hugo Micallef, who is unbeaten since turning professional, will compete in the qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

The announcement of Micallef’s participation in the -63.5kg qualifiers was made by his father André Micallef, who is also the president of ASM Boxing and vice-president of the Monaco Boxing Federation.

“The decision has been taken. He will compete in the Olympic qualifying competition next March. This competition is open to everyone, but we don’t yet know the location,” said André Micallef in the wake of his son’s latest triumph.

A bout in Monaco?

Micallef is unbeaten in his seven professional fights. His latest victory came against Michal Bulik in Heilbronn on Saturday evening. However, prior to his more recent success, the Monégasque boxer, dubbed ‘The Fresh Prince of Monaco”, lost in an Olympic qualifying competition for the 2021 games in Tokyo. Competing in the -69kg category at the time, Micallef was beaten by British boxer Pat McCormack, who went on to win silver during the Games.

Whilst Micallef’s main focus will be on securing qualification to the Olympics in Paris, which are just over a year away, preparations for next season are already underway, and his father has evoked a potential future fight in Monaco.

“I am still working to get a fight in the Principality,” said André Micallef. A qualification for the Olympics and a home fight within the borders of Monaco: 2024 could be a special year for Micallef.



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Photo source: Hugo Micallef