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Andréi Micallef, first Monegasque to join AIBA

30 March 2019 - 11h22

President of the Monegasque boxing club for a decade, Andréi Micallef has officially joined the world’s largest boxing body, the AIBA (International Association of Amateur Boxing), since last March 20th. An appointment that rewards his commitment to this sport and above all, which allows the Principality to go down in history, since it is the first Monegasque to be admitted to it.

His candidacy was ratified on March 20th. Andréi Micallef is now a member of AIBA’s marketing and communication department. “I did not imagine it because AIBA is so elitist. It is in amateur boxing what FIFA is to football!” His missions will be to create events, modernise the visibility of the instance on the Internet, make the best use of social networks and attract sponsors. He will have to “prove himself”, but that does not scare this seasoned sportsman who appreciates the value of this challenge. And for good reason as the AIBA deals, among other things, with the world championships organisation, every two years, and the Olympic Games one!

A first for History

Never in the history of Monaco and AIBA, a Monegasque had integrated this commission. To understand this appointment, we have to go back ten years ago. “For a long time boxing in Monaco has remained dormant, although the Principality has been a boxing ground with Monzon and Benvenuti who made me love this sport. It’s my son, Hugo, who brought me back to boxing”. Indeed, Hugo Micallef, champion of France in 2014 (lightweight) and vice-champion in 2015 (light welterweight) of English boxing, has “been the locomotive of the club, by its results and media coverage”. The young Monegasque embodies this generation of boxers trained at the club. The enthusiasm is fast, as Andréi Micallef says: “We went from 95 members when I arrived, to over 200 every year”. The club has then been equipped, the ring changed, new coaches have been recruited, and others trained and graduated internally…

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Amateurs and professionals

If Andréi Micallef has taken over the club, Laurent Puons is president of the Monegasque Boxing Federation. “I am also the vice-president. We shared the tasks. He mainly deals with professionals and I with amateurs. A winning tandem that converges with the common goal of publicizing boxing in the Principality. “We organized galas like the Monaco Boxing Challenge, which we had not seen in years. The offer we present is interesting because it involves local boxers and this appeals to the public”, he says. But the ASM also enjoys a good visibility through the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza galas, organised at the Casino by boxing promoters. “We are lucky enough to have our young men boxed during these evenings”, said Andréi Micallef. With this nomination to AIBA, the Monegasque is committed in a new fight, out of the ring this time…

Délia Kriel

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